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Tuesday, April 15, 2014

The Weekend of All Weekends

It has been quite awhile since I have last uploaded a blog post. However, this past weekend was so fun and exciting, that I know twenty years from now I will want to be able to remember as many details as possible. So here we go!

Thursday:
The weekend started when... at roughly 4:30 Biola took down the fence. Now, this fence, which ran from Emerson to Sigma, has been the enemy of all students and their poor jackets, which get ripped and shredded by the fence. It was also just a nuisance to be on the right side of that fence. But they took it down. So Emily and I celebrated by running around screaming to Doctor Who music and made a scene (which has become a profession).
The fun really began Thursday night. Emily and I drove Ben (my roommate next year!) to the airport to drop Ben off to head home for a wedding, and then after Emily and I decided to celebrate her recent anatomy test (she's a nursing major, aka, has signed up to die) by going out to a local diner for some food. We got an amazing piece of apple pie, and discussed the life of Joseph the Turtle and Lucy the Hippo. It was a simple night, but a great start to the weekend.

Friday- The Ultimate Day of College

Friday was, hands down, the best day of my time at Biola, and definitely the most memorable. The day began with a 6 hour film shoot. I am on team of three guys working on all the films for next year's Torrienation. For one of our videos, we are making a Mentor Introduction. I was delegated the director of this film, and so I decided to be ambitious and go all out. I reserved one of the studios at Biola and got all the mentors to come in and do some epic posing. We made a rotating pedestal to have them stand on. I'll post that once it is done.
However, it was Friday night that will be remembered. Liz, Emily, and I hung out first in Emily's room until 11, pretending to do homework. When it was time to kick me out of the girl's floor, we all decided we should grab a bite of food before we would try to get back to work. What malarky.
We headed to Taco Bell, a classic late-night snack, and ate in Emily's trunk. When some sketchy guys in a car creeped me out, not the girls of course, we headed across the way to Wendy's and grabbed a shake. Halfway until the delicious shake, we once again were confronted with a problem. An 18 wheeler was boxing us in and the driver was putting gloves on. Of course, I assumed he was going to murder us, so we tailed out of there and headed 50 feet away to an empty parking lot (much safer). There I got the idea we should dance, so we went Footloose style (ya know, with Biola being anti-dance and all) and did swing dancing and breakdancing.
From there we hit the road and tried to find a late night thing to do. After realizing that most places are closed at 1 AM on a Friday, we went to the one place that is always open, a playground. This was only after an epic car dance rave. To sum up the playground in a few words, I would just say in an one hour we went to New Zealand on Air Schundler, broke me out of jail, and climbed trees and did star tripping. It was awesome. This day really felt like college, just doing crazy things and having fun. Who would've thought you could have a ton of fun without needing drugs? We did.

Saturday
Saturday I woke up late due to the very late night the day before. Once I got going, the day was pretty much consumed by homework. However, it was a good temperature outside (not too hot, and not too warm) so we did homework outside. This was a good change from the library. Nothing else really happened besides Saturday night when Emily and I were both texting her sister Sarah and Sarah was texting me and not Em. We're pretty much best friends, and I have been named honorary Bridesmaid for her wedding (going to be tough to swing videographer and maid of honor, but I can do it). The other somewhat noteworthy instance of the night is when Emily jumped off her bed head first into her wardrobe. It was so fast, none of saw her get a concussion. O wait, she was just sitting next to me and leaned back. But somehow that lead to a pretty nasty concussion. Luckily though, her sisters and I are looking into investing in a thud helmet and bumpers for her room. She should be safe from here on out.

Sunday
Sunday was a long, somewhat normal, but still very fun day. The Torrey Paper was due Monday, so most of my day was consumed with correcting and polishing the paper. Emily, Liz, and I took a break for lunch and did cartwheels and gymnastics, which was a ton of fun. Being weird and kids, its a hobby. Jumping forward, I went to Singspo Sunday night and that was really fun! The Gospel choir led worship and the Biola Mime group (who knew we had a mime group) performed a worship dance. It was very touching. The night ended, well never ended, in the Production Center with Emily, Liz, and I rushing to get a lot of work done. The night was going fairly well until 6AM, where I attempted to take a 20 minute nap. When Emily came to wake me up, she fell asleep too. When I woke up, it was 9 o'clock, and I had to rush to print my Torrey paper and get to session. Liz tried to get both Emily and I up, but I was totally out and Emily passed out on the table not willing to try to get up. And although we got a lot less done, it was memorable, and thanks to God, we did get the work done eventually.

So, as you can see, it was fairly memorable. From parking lot dancing to all nighters, this will go down as one of my favorite weekends at Biola.

Pictures to come soon!

Sunday, March 2, 2014

Relationships

At Biola, there are boys and girls. And there are rare occasions where a boy may like a girl, or vice versa. And, well, I think that many times people go about this the wrong way. And, I guess I should add, that this whole liking thing happens everywhere.

So this is the first draft of an eventual polished peace about the subject, but before someone else takes my idea, I need to patent this so it comes up on Google search, because currently it is still original! This is the statement I will be working off of:

"Seek the person, not the relationship"

Many times I see people and talk to people who are interested in someone, and they always go about it in the manner of seeking the relationship. When someone seeks the relationship, all of their motives and interactions with the other are meant to move towards a relationship or to push the person into liking them. This can be done very subtly and may look like they are not seeking the relationship However, the big pointer that they are not seeking the person is when they either find out the other person is not interested, or they are not getting reciprocal responses to their flirting.

When you seek a person, you do not care whether the relationship moves forward. You simply desire to get to know someone for their own good. This also models more of a true love. You do not care what you want, you want what is best for them and what they need. Obviously, this is very hard. If you like someone, and think that "they are the one", you will obviously want to move forward. But this is not always the best case for other.

It seems like such a simple idea, but I know countless people that have said or have done that once they find out that the other person does not like them, they move on. What happened to patience? How does this show that you care at all for the person. This shows that you are desiring the benefits of the relationship, and really who the person in does not make too much of a difference. They just have to meet the requirements.

But when you meet someone special, don't rush it. Seek them for who they are. Get to know their good and bad side, and be the best friend you can possibly be for them. By doing this, one day they may look in the mirror and say, "Wow, he/she really cares for me, and has never asked for anything in return. He simply cares about me. This is someone I want to spend my life with". But if they never do, then you have simply been an amazing friend for someone and have shown them what love looks like. You both win.

This was written in like 5 minutes, and will be polished later.

Friday, February 14, 2014

Sunshine

This past week has been great. I never knew that as a film major I would fine my elective business class to be my favorite class of the semester and of, my life so far! I am taking Principles of Management, where we discuss and learn about how to manage a company and gain a competitive advantage in the marketplace. On Tuesday Sherwin, my professor, delivered the best lecture I have ever heard; it was so in depth and so easy to understand on the topic of competitive advantage. On Thursday we then go in our teams and analyzed companies to see if they had sustainable competitive advantage; my group had Best Buy, and we saw how they are slowly dying. I would bet they will go out of business within 10 years.

Besides that, my week has been full of growth! We had great Torrey discussions on the Nicomachean Ethics, and my German and Film class were both fun.

This week we have also had very nice weather (we always do, but this week it was especially nice!), it has been in the upper 70s and low 80s. I'm heading off to throw the frisbee around! Something I don't get to do usually in the middle of February.

And to cap off the week, Bot is coming today! Woo!

Monday, February 10, 2014

2 Weeks In

Has it only been two weeks? It feels like I have been back for months already. Since getting back, I have been blessed by great friendships growing from first semester and growing in my relationship with God.

My classes are all fantastic. I am taking:
German 1- A ton of fun because we read the Lord's prayer and the Gospel of John in German!
Principles of Management- Learning about running a business and turning around agents, awesome!
Torrey- Always good! Reading Aristotle currently.
Directing for TV and Film- Making movies, what I love.

I also have a great schedule again, no classes Friday and no night classes.

Last weekend (and maybe the weekend before as well) I got to go to the Hollywood walk, Disneyland, and the beach! It was great catching up with friends and making some new ones as well!
This past weekend I hung around campus more, but saw Walter Mitty again, which is truly one of the best films of the year. I also filmed my first film of the semester Friday, which went well and got to film behind the counter of a cafe in downtown Fullerton.

I also got to go to Southlands today for the first time since getting back! It was a convicting message on hypocrisy and really enjoyed the worship! Then ended the day with Singspo, which is always so refreshing.

It is great to back, not much to say. Although it has been a roller coaster two weeks with stress and difficult situations, the Lord is with me, and there really isn't anything to fear. Because he provides peace in the crisis, and is truly a refuge. Looking forward to the week and Bot coming Friday!



Saturday, February 8, 2014

Train Trip. Reflection

So I know I am pretty bad at writing posts. I think if you read my blog continually you see that with my lack of posts. However, I do want to write more this semester.

Coming back to Biola I took the train from Newark to New Orleans with my Dad and then took the train from New Orleans to LA. In between that time my Dad and I also got to spend two days in New Orleans, going to Jazz concerts, eating beignets, and going to some great museums.

The trip from Newark to New Orleans (The Southern Crescent as it is called) takes you through a very diverse landscape. One minute you could be in a beautiful forest with small lakes, and next surrounded by junk and in a bad part of a town. But I think this is what makes the train trips special, you get to see so many different parts of America. I also really enjoyed getting to just hang with my Dad, play cards, and meet different people.

New Orleans, as said above, was great. My Dad and I both were first-time visitors, and we hit every major sight in the New Orleans book. We got to see the WWII museum, the NOMA, the famous/infamous Bourbon Street, and much more. The weather was great, and it was a relaxing two days.

My final leg on the train was, more or less, fantastic. I got to meet so many interesting people, because for meals they sit you with random people. I met a teacher, Texas Rancher, a lawyer, hypnotherapist, a British music-goer, and a few other characters. The food is always great, and this trip was especially fun because the Dining Car steward was very nice and took care of me. He always called me Andy and introduced me as the next Hollywood Director. It was fun. I also got Anna Karenenia start to finish done, which was tiring but very worth-while. The book was great and ironically so major scenes took place on a train!

Overall, I love my second train trip to Biola, and am looking forward to the other two routes in the coming years.

Friday, January 17, 2014

Last Day Home.

Gosh, I don't know what to write. It is amazing that break is already over and that I am hopping on a train tomorrow. Before heading back to Biola, my Dad and I will be heading down to New Orleans to spend a couple days there before I take the train to LA. Definitely looking forward to some good bombing time with my Dad and a chance to see New Orleans for the first time. 

Break has been very restful and just a ton of fun. Getting to hang with both family and friends was great, especially since I won't be back in NJ till the end of April. Looking back, some highlights definitely include Christmas Eve, going to Maine for New Years, getting my permit (only two years behind schedule on that one!), going shooting with my good friend Jeff, playing board games with family, and sleeping. I successfully watched Season 5 and 6 of Doctor Who, Season 1-3 of Sherlock, and the end of Season 3 and start of Season 4 of The Walking Dead. If you do not watch any of these shows, you should, they are brilliant. I also got 4 Torrey books done and going to start another on the train, and began 3 books for fun! I didn't really enjoy reading before, so its funny that I read so much and actually enjoyed it. 

Well, I'll try to write again on the train, but this is all for now. Goodbye New Jersey!

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

A Long-Needed Break

A break! As I stick out my 4-hours in LAX waiting for my flight, boy am I thankful to get to see my family! Although it will be beyond weird to be home, and to see my room and dog, I'm excited. In one way though, this break will be just a change in location for studying, since I have a ton of work to do over break! I'm stoked to see my friends, eat Mom's delicious home cookin, and get some sleep for once.

This past week has been filled with its crazy moments. Today, for example, I had the classic college moment of sleeping through seven, yes, seven, alarms and missing work, a meeting with my mentor, and class. It was not pleasant. I ended up making up my hours, but feel bad missing class.

This past weekend I shot my final film for visual aesthetics, and I am super excited for it! The film needs to be a 3-minute silent film. I was the DP for the film, and I think it is easily my best work (I guess film school is paying off!) Here is a still from one of our shots (prior to color correction). I am super excited to see what our editor comes up with! We are putting the film to the song We Bought A Zoo by Jonsi.


I got to see Catching Fire this past weekend, and o my, it was good. Much better than the first in terms of cinematography, pacing, and acting. I nearly cried three different times, and that says something! It was fun getting off campus with a big group of people.

I would say more, but I am getting tired. You know college is great though when you are going to miss it for the few days you'll be gone! Happy Thanksgiving folks!