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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!

Sunday, November 17, 2013

Closing in on Turkey

Sorry that I don't write more often! As the year moves forward, it becomes increasingly difficult to write.

The past two weeks have been a crazy ride for sure. I was able to go to three different concerts held by our Music program at Biola. All were amazing and a ton of fun! We have a fantastic music program, and getting to see them perform for free is worth my time!

Last Sunday was Midnight Madness, which was unbelievably epic. To see how awesome it was, check out this short 1-minute video my school put together.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LPRODTucxPY

It hands down was one of my favorite nights of the year, and it truly can only be described from the video and well, this photo.


My ultimate is heading to the playoffs! We won our last game against the number three seeded team, giving us a 4-3 record and in-line for next weekends playoffs. If we do well, we could be champions Saturday night.

We began reading the best book ever written last week, the Bible! Our two sessions on Genesis were so eye-opening and getting to spend 6 hours discussing it was so enriching and glorifying! We are now about to start Exodus, which should be just as fun!

I have been able to get on a few different sets, working as a gaffer (lighting) and sound op. Although they are usually 12-hour days, I enjoy them so much.

I also was able to direct my own piece a few weekends ago for an event called Guerilla Film Initiative. I actually did not plan to do it, but my food friend Ike lost his director, so I jumped in and took over! I reworked the script a bit and we put together a pretty good horror short. It was a ton of fun getting to work with Ike, he was the DP and we worked off each other both on shot ideas and then in post-production editing.

Next weekend I am shooting my final film for Visual Aesthetics, which needs to be a 3-minute short. We once again made crews and so I am working with my good friend Mitchell and some other cool cats from my class. I'm super stoked for our film!

I have definitely settled into my life at Biola and I am loving my new home-church, Southlands. The worship is so good and the sermon is scripturally-based, which is so good! I'm glad I found it in my first semester; now I can spend the next 3 years getting involved and becoming invested in the community.

Life is good, finally an adult, and as always, God is so good.

Andrew

Sunday, October 27, 2013

I'm back!

Sorry for the long delay! Life has been a non-stop roller coaster ride and I have been enjoying every moment. These past few weeks I have had a ton of fun getting on set, making new friends, going to concerts, seeing my parents. and working on film projects! To highlight a few things:

A few weeks ago we had Torrey Conference. This is one of Biola's two conferences where we take three days off of classes to focus on the most important thing of all, God! This year's theme was WITH, where we focused on that God is always with us. This really spoke to me in the area of work, because I can easily fall under the mindset that I present God at the end with what I did, but he has been there the whole time. We got to hear from Bob the Tomato from Veggie Tales! He was awesome, as well as the other speakers. I also participated in the Sabbath, which was really refreshing. I just biked with God and talked with him for an hour and a half.

Work has been pretty good! It has gotten a bit routine like, and not too creative, but I am learning a lot and enjoy getting off campus.

My roommate and I finally rearranged out room, got a TV, coffee table, and a futon. Its awesome! Andy also has been great. He is super funny and I could not ask for a better first-year roommate.

This past weekend was Parents Weekend! It was awesome getting to see them, showing them around my new home. We went to Laguna Beach, got a ton of clothes, and went out for some good ol' steak. Man have I missed a good steak.

To cap the weekend, I saw the PRISM concert at Biola, which was breathtaking. I had no idea we had such a diverse and talented music program. Every single performance was fantastic and was the best $7 dollars you could spend on a Saturday. Afterwards I got to just hangout with a huge group of friends, mostly Torrey, and just talk. I feel like with all the work recently it has been hard to do that, but it was a blessing to get to know some people better, meet new people, and have fun instead of reading!

My Torrey paper is due Friday, which is pretty scary. I am writing about Aeneas in the Aeneid. Should be fun, but it is our biggest assignment. I know God will be with me though (thanks Torrey conference).

Overall, college is awesome. It has its downs and hard days, and there are days I ask God what he is doing and where he's hiding, but he always comes out and says he has been there the whole time. I am growing and learning so much about myself and what type of person I want to be. God is providing big, and I can't thank him enough!

I'll write soon, I promise!

-Andrew

Friday, October 4, 2013

God is Busy at Work!

Wow it has been an unbelievable two weeks. If I were to accurately describe what has happened since my last post, it'd be a full length essay.

Classes have been really fun and have picked up fast. Currently we are in the middle of the Divine Comedy in Torrey, reading and discussing Purgatory this upcoming week. Session has been extremely interesting, especially now that we are in Christian literature. Covering topics such as "Is God in Hell" are awesome! Film has been really fun as well. We watched the Truman Show, which was one of the best films I have seen recently. In Visual Aesthetics, we are in the midst of another project on color. Every other weekend is a film project, and that is awesome.

From here I am just going to highlight some of the best moments.

Currently I am starting probably one of the biggest blessings God has given me since getting to Biola in film. Through a good connection, two of my friends and I are starting a project that is through Chapel, LEAD, and the President of Biola, Dr. Correy. We are embarking on a project where we will be interviewing students about their testimonies and how God has worked in their lives. These will be shown weekly at Chapels, and will go along with the theme of Biola this year, Spirit and Story. This is such an amazing opportunity to work with clients, work on a team, and do something that can really impact the entire school, and we are only Freshman. The DBC (our president) has tried to get this going for years, so he has shown a ton of support! I even got to meet him twice and talk (he have me a cake pop, pretty awesome)! We shot the first testimony the other day, and hope to air the first one at the end of October.

I got to mess around with a Red Epic the other day in our studio, which is one of the best, if not the best, digital camera on the market for Hollywood films. Movies such as Social Network and The Hobbit were shot on the Red camera, and man is it a beauty!

My roommate and I finally rearranged our room, and its starting to turn into a nice home. We are getting a couch, and just got a coffee table and he is bringing up a TV.

I got to Disney again, so I have paid off my Season pass and technically every time after this is free! Always a ton of fun and its nice to get off campus.

Work has been great! I am getting faster at editing and I just love learning about God while doing my passion and its work! I have watched lectures on "Is God Real" "Did Jesus Rise From the Dead" and "Does Evil Disprove God". Really enriching!

Simply said, every night is a ton of fun, staying up till 2ish talking and hanging with friends, and just being in such a good Christ-centered community. God has blessed me with so many good friends and I know this is where he has called me. Praying before class and before frisbee games, Bible studies, and awesome chapel speakers have helped me grow my faith and deepen my identity in Christ.

Monday, September 23, 2013

God and The Little Things

Today was one of those days that I can look back and simply say, "Wow, thanks God". I went to Reality LA again, however I with a different group of people, which was cool. We went out for lunch and I got to know some new people. On the way home, it was just sublime to look out on LA and know this is my home, and I have so much to do at my fingertips. I can see God's creation, from new short films to the beach to just nature. 

The afternoon constituted a 16-photo lighting project and reading Ovid, but it was just cool to continue to work on my craft. Then I had floor dinner, followed by frisbee. I joined an intramural frisbee team for the fall, and we had our second practice today. Its awesome to play with really talented players and help me get better at what I love. From there, we had our awesome Singspiration, which, as always, was so much fun just worshipping for an hour. The night was capped by a Homer prayer session and heading to the Biola Breakers club. Biola Breakers is just a group of people who get together Sunday nights and just breakdance. There was a good 60 people there, doing all different forms of breaking, as well as new and experienced people. Some of the people were amazing, and I'm excited to stop by and just practice one of my old passions.

What a day. I could talk about this past week, but as you can tell, Biola is awesome, and everyday is a blessing. I can't thank God enough for leading me to a place that I could feel at home and just be enriched in my faith constantly while having a ton of fun. God is awesome, get to know him. 

Monday, September 16, 2013

Settling In

This past week has really settled me into my groove and made Biola feel like home instead of a summer camp (well, its still pretty much a summer camp). Its been really cool to see my Torrey group grow closer even through really difficult situations. Last Tuesday one of my close friends Bri had a severe migraine causing her to go to the ER and then spend 5 days off campus recovering. I showed up in the midst of the attack to study, and when she went off to the ER, we organized a prayer session with the rest of our group and our seers from Torrientation, and prayed. I can't say enough how awesome it is to be part of a Christ-centered community and to add, the power of prayer worked, Bri came back today, and last time this occurred it took 12 days!

Torrey has been exhausting but still a ton of fun. I started the Aeneid on Friday and just finished my notes for it tonight, covering over a 180 pages today alone and all my notes. I did between 6-9 hours of homework today. Even with all the work, its still great to be part of a family like Homer, where we study together for support and yell at Virgil for being the worst girlfriend for always talking and never giving us what "she" wants. What is hard is that Torrey never ends, so I finished the Aeneid and now I need to start Metamorphoses of Ovid for next Monday.

With all the work, this week was really stressful. It was nice to grow a lot closer to two friends, Ike and Mitchell, through this time, and opening up and just being there for each other during these hard times.

My job has been great as well! This was my first full week, and I have already learned a ton. I finished my first project in half the time he wanted it done, which was nice! Now I have a very ominous but exciting project; make 112 video trailers between 30 seconds and 2 minutes for every item on their webstore. To watch through all the events and lectures alone it will take 225 hours! Though that probably sounds awful, its awesome that I am watching 225 hours of content that will help me deepen my faith and learn more about our awesome God. I practically deserve a masters in Apologetics after my job.

As a whole, Biola has been pretty awesome, from 2 hour Disney-land trips, to watching romantic comedies, to just how its always 80 and sunny, its bubble popping with the Love of God!

Thursday, September 5, 2013

Crying, Laughing, Smiling- Week 2 of Classes

Thursday night means another week of classes has come to an end. Monday classes were cancelled, and for the first time I got to go to Disneyland (which is 10 minutes away). As a child "deprived" of a Disney childhood, everything was pretty foreign, but by the end of the day, it was obvious that magic was real. The World of Color show is like seeing the colors of Heaven come to life, and I am so thankful  for all my friends that came to give me the best first Disney experience.

Classes picked up again Tuesday, and I had Art of Storytelling for the first time, which was really cool and got to see the movie Breaking Away. We had our final Iliad session Wednesday, which went really well. Even though I was out of it for most of the three hours, we reached a conclusion, and learned a ton.

Last night I stayed up till 2 to help a friend on his Visual Aesthetics project, which was to turn a painting into a photo (see mine below!). This led to passing out on the floor of the library today, and taking two naps. In light of that, today was another awesome day, a day to thank the Lord for bringing me to a place like Biola. My Torrey group held a prayer session last night, which really opened us up and let us all share things we are going through. Seeing us grow as a community of Christ is so awesome, and it still makes me excited to think that I have this group for four years. Its only been three weeks, what will the Lord do with four years?



Monday, September 2, 2013

Classes Labor Day Weekend

I need to start writing more often because I begin to forget everything that is going on here. As my roommate would say, "College is rad". But to add, Biola is a little slice of heaven.

Classes began Wednesday, and it is crazy to have everything begin. Our first official Torrey session went well; our question was whether Achilleus is under more external or internal conflict. We never reached a conclusion, but we had an awesome three hour discussion, which goes by super fast. I also had Visual Aesthetics and First Year Seminar this week, both of which are awesome. Its crazy being an art major, and realizing that I have art-like homework. Watch Vertigo by Hitchcock? Sure, I'll do that for homework. Now I do have to read for all my classes, but its on interesting material, unlike Bio or Calculus (no offense).

Then the weekend began. Friday I went to a water park that is about a two-minute walk from Biola with the Freshman class, and that was a ton of fun. Was in the lazy river the entire time practically. Then got back and, yes, went to bed at 8 PM. That's a college record. Saturday I hung out with some in the morning and then studied all afternoon. The day was capped off by a trip to the beach at sunset. We got to swim and then roast marshmallows and hang out. I went with a lot of people I did not know, so it was cool making new friends. We got back and celebrated a friend's birthday on top of our parking structure, which was epic. Today I went to Reality LA with my roommate, which was amazing! Great sermon and awesome worship music. God could be felt in that building. The afternoon was relaxed and studied. After dinner with my floor I got to play Frisbee and then go to our hour-long all worship service, Singspo. That was awesome. Getting to sing to the Lord for an hour straight is so refreshing. The night ended with our weekly Homer Bible study on Hebrews, which was really cool. Getting to be part of a Christ-centered college and then part of a Christ-centered Torrey group is my favorite thing so far about Biola. The people are seeking the Lord.

I can't wait to see what's ahead for us. Tomorrow class is off, and its time to go to Dinseyland for the first time. Thanks God!

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Orientation and Camp Biola

Torrientation finished up last Friday after a crazy and exhausting week of fun. The day after Man night we went to the beach, and that was relaxing, except for when the Pacific Ocean turned out to be freezing. The moment you actually like East Coast beaches. The night after we had a final Torrey tea, where the president spoke and the parents came back. My group Homer, won the Game night from a few nights earlier, and received a candy jar. It definitely was a nice cherry on top to an amazing first week of college, or camp? I think I'm at college...
These past few days the rest of the Freshman class has arrived, and we have had various sessions on entering college. The last night the parents were here we had a communion service, which was an awesome way to end the parents portion of Orientation. There were a ton of great speakers, and some really sad stories of incoming Freshman. It was really cool to hear how strong people stood by their faith even in such hardship. Since many of the Torrey "chums" (the slang for a Torrey student) were already oriented, we did what we do best, getting together and silently reading. Its funny how much fun you can have just reading with a group of people. Finally we had a community commissioning, where we were welcomed followed by Singspiration, which is a weekly hour long worship service. It was so cool being with a huge group of strong believers who were all into it and wanted to worship God. Being in this community is such a blessing. Tonight we have our commencement dinner to finish all of Orientation. Next stop, the start of classes. Here we go.

Thursday, August 22, 2013

A Wild Start

Wow its only been three days. In this short time, I have already made a ton of friends, learned more than I thought I could, laughed and have grown more than I can put into words. Over the past two days, we have had five lectures on various topics for Torrey from the Torrey paper to note-taking and discussions. If you are confused on what Torrey is, then head over to my About Me page where I have a blurb giving a brief rundown of Torrey.

We had a lot of bonding time with our Cohort these past few days as well. I am in the Homer Group, which is comprised of thirteen others. We already feel like a family, supporting each other and laughing together. Its just amazing how when God is the glue to friendship, it sticks and holds strong. We had Game Night yesterday and when we entered, we were nice to each other and it was great. After that night ended it was obvious that we were going to be a great group and we were perfectly placed together by God. We also had our first session on ManAlive, which went well for a first time discussing with everyone!

Tonight was also man night, which under oath cannot be discussed, but it was the best night so far and won't be forgotten.

It's only day three, and I can't wait for what God has ahead.

Monday, August 19, 2013

The Journey Begins

Well it all finally happened! I headed out last Thursday to Chicago with my parents and Hannah and stayed the night there before catching the train the following day. The train from Chicago to LA is a two-night train which was really nice. I caught up on my Torrey (Honors program) reading and got to just relax. The rooming was a little tight, but nothing too bad. We arrived Sunday in LA and went around town and then packed it in until Monday, today, for the big start.

My college experience started a little early with an interview with the Master of Apologetics program for an audio/visual editor position. It seems like a great fit and that I could mix both my passion for film and defending the faith in one job. From there we looked around the area, and there are sure a ton of places to go. Across the street is the #1 disc golf course in Orange County, within walking distance there is a Starbucks and Panera, and a short drive gets you to In n' Out, Walmart, Target, and practically any store you could think of. We arrived and moved into my dorm, Emerson. I'm on the first floor, and my room is much bigger than other dorm room I gave seen. My roommate arrives Friday, since he is not in Torrey. Then we had an opening address, went to dinner, said goodbyes, and I was on my own. Tonight we did a bunch of get to know you games, many of which we play at Chop Point. Then we met out cohort, and played games in the gym and got ice cream. I have already met so many cool people and I definitely feel at home, and ready to seek God through this new season. He led me here for a reason, and I am already very excited for this amazing blessing! Will write in the next few days about Torrientation!

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Trusting on the Unknown Course

"Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight"

1. He is the Physician, and if he knows all, there is no need that the patient should know. Hush, thou silly, fluttering heart, prying, peeping, and suspecting! What thou knowest not now, thou shalt know hereafter, and meanwhile Jesus, the beloved Physician, knows thy soul in adversities. Why need the patient analyze all the medicine, or estimate all the symptoms? This is the Physician’s work, not mine; it is my business to trust, and his to prescribe. If he shall write his prescription in uncouth characters which I cannot read, I will not be uneasy on that account, but rely upon his unfailing skill to make all plain in the result, however mysterious in the working.

2. He is the Master, and his knowledge is to serve us instead of our own; we are to obey, not to judge: “The servant knoweth not what his lord doeth.” Shall the architect explain his plans to every hodman on the works? If he knows his own intent, is it not enough? The vessel on the wheel cannot guess to what pattern it shall be conformed, but if the potter understands his art, what matters the ignorance of the clay? My Lord must not be cross-questioned any more by one so ignorant as I am.

3. He is the Head. All understanding centres there. What judgment has the arm? What comprehension has the foot? All the power to know lies in the head. Why should the member have a brain of its own when the head fulfils for it every intellectual office? Here, then, must the believer rest his comfort in sickness, not that he himself can see the end, but that Jesus knows all.
Sweet Lord, be thou forever eye, and soul, and head for us, and let us be content to know only what thou choosest to reveal.

As I embark on this Odyssey Lord, let me trust you and believe your will is good, even when I lack understanding.

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

First Post!

Well here we go. I thought about creating a blog, and went back and forth on the idea, but I decided that since I am terrible at communication, I should start a blog to at least let those who may be interested in seeing what I am up to. I plan on everything from experiences to praises and prayers. In the end, this blog is also for me to keep track of my journey, and I may be the only person to read the post I am reading right now! But if you are reading this, and plan on reading, I hope you enjoy this wild ride through college. Will write again soon.