Summer Plans

Hi writers,

As the year comes to a close, each of our summer plans are impending upon us.  In lieu of a traditional job/internship/summer courses, I have embarked down a slightly different path to occupy my spring.  I am currently enrolled, and decidedly unprepared for, in NELP (New England Literature Program).  Through NELP, 40 students travel to New Hampshire to a summer camp site where we will reside for 6 weeks.  At the camp, students will take an alternative education approach to studying literature produced in the New England region as well as think differently about oneself and one’s education through journaling.  Students will live in reclusion without the ability to use technology (save flashlights, alarm clocks, and headlamps).  Although I’ve only hear tremendous things from many former participants, I can’t shake the nerves of leaving modern society and being shoved into cabins with complete strangers from the university and the scarce number of participants from other schools.  Despite my fears, I am excited for all that I will come to learn and I’ve already paid the tuition checks so I’m doing this regardless.  Hopefully I’ll have an equally great term as those before me.

What’s On My Mind These Days? Always Something…

Recently, there’s been a lot of talk about the junior class going abroad. Me being only a sophomore, I have the luxury of sitting back and relaxing, while I watch the juniors encounter challenging decisions, one after another, about their upcoming semester. Where should they study abroad? Who should they go with? What classes can they take? Will they receive enough credits in a different country? How is the nightlife in whatever country they are planning on visiting? There are many decisions that must be made before a junior at the University of Michigan goes aboard. However, what is commonly overlooked when thinking of a student’s experience abroad is their experiences following shortly after. And by this, I mean summer jobs.

Being that junior students will have minimal time to apply and interview for summer jobs from an entirely different country, members of the junior class often start early in their search. There have been many times where I have sat down in the library to do homework, and have found myself sitting next to a junior filling out job applications. However, I have recently came to the realization that while October is a bit early to begin applying for summer jobs if you not a junior going abroad, my time to apply is actually not too far away. Come December/January, I know parents are going to start bugging me about the job search, to ensure I land a killer internship this summer.

Thinking about writing cover letters, filling out applications, writing thank you notes to potential employers for offering me an interview, and all other things related to writing and the “summer job search” is quite concerning. It is a huge job, one that I do not feel entirely prepared for. I have had two legitimate internships in the past… the first at a local magazine and the second at a local public relations firm. However, this summer I plan to work in New York City, which is somewhat of a bigger task, and a bigger deal, in terms of applications and interviews. One advantage I do have, however, is the work I have done this semester in my English 229 class, entitled Professional Writing. One assignment for this class was to pick two internships and write cover letters as if we were applying to them. I chose Viacom and Cosmopolitan Magazine, which I would definitely be interested in applying to for real. Writing cover letters, I have learned from this class, is a huge and time-consuming job, as they follow a particular formula, but I feel lucky to have had learned from a U of M professor how to write them professionally and correctly.

So, my time is approaching, just as the juniors time has already approached. I am not sure what is in store for me this summer, but I know that I will have to use writing skills to make it through. Wish me luck!

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It’s almost here: Blockbuster Season!

Piggybacking on my previous post, I thought I’d continue to daydream about the looming summer vacation, and all the while, gather me some points.

So I write for The Michigan Daily Arts section, and specifically for Film. We’re a pretty tight knit bunch of writers. We call ourselves “Film Squad.” No, not “The” Film Squad, just plain, old “Film Squad.” Kinda how Facebook was originally “The” Facebook, until Sean Parker was all, “Nah, man. It’s just ‘Facebook.'” Anyways… we also have our own FB group, aptly titled, “Film Lounge.”

Today was our second to last meeting of the year, and everyone is chomping at the bit to shotgun what big movies of the summer they want to review, as there’s quite the comprehensive list.

Here’s a preview of what you should NOT miss (nearly all trailers included):

May 3 – Iron Man 3 – RDJ back again as the lovable, cocky, adorable Tony Stark. If I could, I’d buy my ticket now.

May 10 – The Great Gatsby – It’s about time Leo got some love from the Academy, especially after going unnoticed for Calvin Candie (though I was elated that Christoph Waltz brought home the gold). Perhaps, this is his chance. Plus, where the hell has Tobey Maguire been hiding?

May 17 – Star Trek: Into Darkness – If you haven’t seen Sherlock, you must. Now (it’s on Netflix). Right now. Stop studying. Stop reading this, even. You’ll thank me.

May 24 – The Hangover: Part III – To be honest, I didn’t see the second one, but there really wasn’t much else on the docket for this week.

May 31 –  The Purge – The premise for this film is NUTS. One night a year, all crime is legal. As in, you can go kill 100 people and it’s all good. Plus, Ethan Hawke as the protective dad – awww.

June 7 – After Earth – Three words: I. Am. Legend. After that, I was convinced that Will Smith can do no wrong. And his son is in this too.

June 14 – Man of Steel – Never seen one Superman movie. Maybe it’s about time? Nice touch with Kevin Costner too. He’s good in roles like this.

June 21 – World War Z – Brad Pitt back in action, saving the world from a crap-load of zombies. Played out premise, but I’ll watch anything with BRAD.

June 28 – White House Down – That goes for Channing Tatum as well…

July 3 – The Lone Ranger – J. Depp (haven’t seen him in a hot minute) and Armie Hammer team up to take on a classic.

July 5 – The Way, Way Back – Looks like this is about to be the feel-good movie of the year, with an insane cast to boot. (And it’s my birthday day woooo!)

July 12 – Pacific Rim – “We are going to cancel the Apocalypse!”

July 19 – R.I.P.D. – Couldn’t find the trailer but google it – Bridges looks PRIME.

July 26 – The Wolverine  – Hugh Jackman is the ultimate man, and even though I’m not really all that keen on another X-Men movie about Wolverine (because… well.. they already made one…), I will go see this. Maybe twice.

August 2 – 2 Guns – Denzel and Wahlberg being bad asses. What else is new?

August 9 – Elysium – Matt Damon

August 16 – Paranoia – Again, no dice on the trailer, but Harrison Ford + Gary Oldman = dreamiest old dudes you’ll ever lay eyes on (and for those of you with less sophisticated taste, you can have Liam Hemsworth).

August 23 – The World’s End  – If you loved Shaun of the Dead and/or Hot Fuzz, then this, my friend, is for YOU.

August 30 – One Direction: This is Us – These are quite possible the five cutest male specimens to ever exist, and made it cool again to be in a boy band.

So, what films are you excited to see this summer? Which one do you think will take the #1 spot at the box office?

Two. More. Weeks.

I’m sitting here on my computer, surveying my list of things to do over the next two weeks, seeking something that requires effort, but only just enough. The answer: a 25 point blog post – of course.

I’m probably not alone when I say that I really want to fast forward through these next two weeks, where everything else on my plate isn’t just for “points.”  But, after that’s all done, a really wonderful summer is about to begin.

First, it begins with a trip to Austin, Texas to visit a good friend of mine who works at UT. Right now it’s 80 degrees there, and I want nothing more than to lay by the pool and do nothing. Maybe read, but if so, it will be for pleasure. Then once I return, I return to Bloomfield Hills (where I’m from) for a summer internship. But the lovely thing about my internship is that it doesn’t start until June 2nd, so I have all of May to STRAIGHT UP CHILL like I’m a puppy in a bowl and it’s ma birfday:

Then come Memorial Day weekend, I’m heading up to Traverse City to run the Bayshore marathon. It’ll be a fun weekend as my grandparents live in Gaylord and my Aunt and Uncle live in Bay Harbor, so it’ll be a nice family reunion.

Then in June I start my killer internship with Patch, a company that provides online local news sources for communities around the world. My territory is Troy, Michigan, but before I report there, the company is flying all of their editorial interns out to Western Kentucky University for a week long conference on digital journalism. I’ve been to some rural-ass places over the years in my soccer pursuits, but never Kentucky..Then I’m off to the races doing covering breaking news in the area until September when I return to Ann Arbor and embark upon my senior year.

But again, that is all pending. I first have to survive two more weeks…