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by rmortonbsc on May 5, 2011

Next year will be completely different for me, instead of writing, I will be filming.  I will be completely in my element.  I love film, and everything about it.  I am majoring in Communications Media Studies and really focusing on the film aspect.  Hopefully when I graduate I will be able to work on some cool movies and instead of reading my blog posts, you can watch them!

As most of you know Campus Moviefest wrapped up with the big finale last week!  It was such a fun event as it always is.  This year around 500 people attended the finale in the RCC Ballroom.  Last year I entered the movie A Loss Refound.  The movie made the top 16 and I was beyond excited.  But knowing the competition here at Bridgewater State University I knew if I was to ever win I would have to step up my game to the next level.  So over the last year me and my friends have been planning a comedy.  This was my first time to dabble into comedy, and I had no idea how to go about this.  But sure enough when that week came, we were ready and Interquenchin was born.  I accomplished my goal and we won Best Comedy of 2011!  It was unbelievable.  It is my life goal to be a filmmaker, and to win this competition, especially here at BSU has just solidified my goals.  We are going to be traveling out to Los Angeles in June to attend the international Grand Finale.  BSU has some great movies going out there; Sacrifice and Bliss won Best Picture made by Jim Sass, and Kevin Eam’s Best Drama Unattainable. I think I can speak on behalf of all of us going to the West Coast by saying it is going to be a great learning experience for all of us.  We get to attend a ton of great seminars and workshops throughout the whole trip.  This whole thing has been a great experience and it keeps getting better!

My next year is going to be a busy one.  I am taking 19 credits, I am the President of the Bridgewater Video & Film Association, I am working on the RCC Video Team, I am working as an Edit Lab Tech, and I will probably be doing some side projects.  Hopefully I will be able to do a guest blog post and update you on how I’ve become the master of balancing. With all three of my positions I will be fully enveloped in video stuff. Don’t get me wrong though, I can’t wait!

Thank you all  for reading!  Its been fun! Be sure to watch for the RCC Video Squad in the Fall!  Good luck with finals, and have a safe and fun Summer.

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A great figure of my childhood once said “the power is yours”.  Captain Planet opened my young mind up to the wondersof keeping our world a beautiful and long lasting place.  Keeping a sustainable lifestyle is not only great for the environment, wildlife, human existence, and easy to do, but it is also becoming more of a popular lifestyle.  Why not jump on the bandwagon and help our world be as beautiful as it can be? I mean if Captain Planet said it was a good idea, it must be.

So here are some tips for becoming more sustainable in your everyday life.

  • Look around and notice how many unnecessary lights are turned on in your dorm/home.  If you don’t need the light on, turn it off!  Leaving lights on will cost you money, and it is simply a waste of electricity.
  • I know how convenient bottled water is, and I know I may be the first to forget, but they are killing our environment. It literally takes almost 1,000 years to degrade a plastic bottle.  With the amount of bottles of water out there, we could soon find ourselves buried in bottles.  Grab a re-usable container and get into the habit of using it.
  • While we are on the topic of water, don’t waste it.  When you’re taking showers keep it to ten minutes.  This will reduce your water heating and electricity bill along with saving water.  This goes along with brushing teeth and doing dishes!  Don’t leave the faucet running while you’re doing either of these activities.
  • Like to ride safety around campus because it’s cold out?  Or maybe take a bus to class or work because it’s quick?  Well the cold weather is coming to an end.  Forget safety and walk.  Yes, walk.  It is such a simple concept.  Walking is great for your health and saves the safety vans from burning gas.  You will feel better about yourself when walking and enjoying the fresh air.  If walking is not quick enough, dust off your bike.
  • Recycle! Recycle! Recycle! It is not that hard and recycling is such an easy way to help the environment.  Separate papers, plastics, cans, and food scraps.  Paper is great to recycle because it can be re-used, along with plastic and aluminum cans.  As for the food scraps, make your own compost pile.  (if you’re a student living in the dorm, tell your family to do this since you don’t have the means!)  A compost pile saves trash from rotting in landfills, and it makes for great fertilizer in your yard!
  • Don’t litter.  It is Simple as that.  Put your trash in trash barrels, or recycling bins, not on the ground.
  • Just use your head.  Buy smart.  Shop at local businesses and thrift stores.  These places keep money in the economy instead of the hands of corporations.  Rent and borrow instead of buying.  Use the library to your advantage and take out books, CD’s, and DVD’s.

 

By following these basic tips, you can start to begin a sustainable lifestyle.  The movement towards sustainability is changing the world for the good.  Now is the time to act.  Join the effort for saving our world!

What do you do to be sustainable? What are different ways students can help make the world greener?

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It’s not a matter of should you or should you not leave school for a job, but what would it take for you to make the right decision? It  depends on what you’re going to school for and what job is being offered to you.  If you’re going to school for pre-med and someone is offering you a managerial position at Taco Bell it’s not hard to make that decision.  But that might not be the case.  What if an employer is offering you a job in the field that you want to go into?  With a high pay, plus awesome benefits. What would you do then?

You can always go back to school:

This job is being offered right now, and it will not be hanging around until you graduate.  Maybe you can finish school with night classes and summer courses.  This is not a bad option.  A lot of working adults have been choosing to go back to school or even start school by taking convenient night classes.

Depends on your major:

I am a communication media studies student and I want to work on films someday.  Over the past summer of 2010 I worked on a TV pilot called Rough Draft.  The show is being shopped around to a few networks so I knew it would be a good idea to go and talk to my advisor.  I could not have been happier with his honest response.  He told me I might have a difficult decision on my hands, but in that field of work, it may be best to think about taking the show and finishing school with night classes or online classes.  So for the communication field maybe it’s a good idea, but I doubt any middle schools are looking for students that want to be teachers that don’t have a degree yet.

Why leave?

Is the job being offered to you even worth it?  If it’s not what you’re going to school for then what’s the point of taking it?  If you are taking the job for financial help, there are plenty of part time jobs you can get at school, and a ton in the surrounding area.  You have options, don’t be afraid to use them.

Finish it out:

Maybe it’s a good idea to just finish school.  You are already there and have invested a certain amount of money towards your education.  Plus, if an employer is offering you a job before you even have a degree, imagine what kind of jobs will be offered to you once you graduate.  They will most likely be better, and you will know that you got the best job possible for you.  If you take that job and don’t finish school, it may not be what you thought it was and may not work out.  Going back is an option but now your behind, and may be less inclined to go back.  Don’t get stuck in a job you aren’t happy with.

The most important thing in making a decision like this, is to consider all of your options and have people you trust weight in with their thoughts. Although it is your decision in the end, you can always benefit from others experiences and advice.

Have you ever faced this decision? What would you do? Do you think its a good idea or bad to leave college?

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