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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.