The end of freshman year

A BEDA post in May, you ask? Yes, you read correct. I wasn’t able to keep up with BEDA as well as I would like to, but it’s okay. On to the next project.

Yesterday I moved out of my freshman dorm and said goodbye to the amazing people I met this year. It’s only a couple of months, I know, but (as silly as it sounds) it was a bit heartbreaking. All of this happened so fast, and the few pictures that were taken during this year cannot even begin to cover how awesome of a time this was.

This is part of the reason why I want to start scrapbooking again. Not only do I need something to motivate me to actually take pictures, but I also need a place to put all of my programs and ticket stubs that I can’t bring myself to throw away. I think I’ll just pick up a plain moleskine and see what happens. I think I found my next project.

The revolution will not be televised (but you’ll probably see it on YouTube)

Today I found my not-so-old (but old by today’s standard) camcorder and my imagination went places. I have ideas  for promotional campaigns for an amazing club on campus. I want to make these ideas real. Quick, someone get me some mini-DV tapes, good lighting, decent-looking people, editing software, some clean fonts, and a nice chunk of time. We’re about to get all effective up in here.

People have a media addiction. There is a need for HD this and cool-hip-undiscovered artist that. There are status updates and pages and blog after blog after blog. Everyone’s said it before. You know this, I know this, and the dude down the street knows this. Campus organizations looking to make a name for themselves are faced with limited options: use them or just deny them all together. It’s very easy to see which side I’m on, but there is a right way and a wrong way to approach this. We need to be smart about this.

It’s time for me to grab a notebook and just doodle it all out. I think I might just volunteer myself for this stuff. My love-hate relationship with promotional media knows no bounds.

Off the list

Today (yesterday?) I finished my English paper. I am just as shocked as you are. Now it’s one more paper and a handful of mini-assignments to go. Easter break, you provided a nice intermission from the demands of my freshman year – I wish you were a bit longer.

Looking forward

I’m starting to do that thing again. I suppose it’s only natural, considering I’m on Easter break and I have quite a bit of idle time (even though I really shouldn’t because hello, two papers need to be finished and I have yet to start on the second), but this thing has the potential to be dangerous if I get carried away. There’s a fine line between a healthy imagination and that of an untethered idealist and I admit, I’ve been dancing around that line quite frequently.

I’m planning for the future when I should be paying attention to what I can do right now. I know every action requires a bit of thought beforehand, but when a course of action is months or years away while I have deadlines coming up in a matter of weeks, it’s probably time for me to focus on what’s happening sooner rather than later.

I think I should start making lists again. It’s time to unclutter my mind and calm these ideas, if only for a little while.

Set it and forget it

Before our blogger-to-reader relationship goes any further, there’s something you need to know about me. You’ve probably already figured it out, and you may have even heard this from other people, but the only way to know for sure is if you hear it from me.

I fall in love with ideas a lot more than I should.

There. Now it’s all out there for everyone to see. I’m glad I got that off my chest. Of course, embedded within this confession is a strong sense of idealism but a lack of real action, but trust me, I’m working on it. Websites and organizations like Leadnow and Kickstarter make me believe that change in the digital age really is possible. Movements run on stories, creativity, socialization, and dedicated leadership. After all of that is influence (be it through trend-setting, celebrity backing, network of allies, etc) and monetary support.

Let’s get rid of the mindless and become more mindful. Swap out last year’s fatalism for this year’s involvement. College students of the world unite! We’ve got this.