Rachel Agana »

Winter Quarter

Originally posted in UC Davis Student Affairs Blog | I Live UCD.

Hi all – hope you all had a wonderful, fun and relaxing winter break. I know this week has been a whirlwind for us all. It’s rough transitioning from vacation back to school again. A few of my friends did study abroad last quarter and they all are in a bit of a culture shock. I thought with this being my last quarter here everything would be smooth sailing. I signed up for all the classes that I wanted with an early past time and set up an automatic payment for my last tuition and thought I was good to go. I guess being caught up with all the holidays I did not make sure that my online payment went through. I was pretty much anti computer (surprise!) over break. That mistake caused all my classes being dropped and having to re-enroll to the bottom of the wait-lists. It totally sucks. There’s nothing that the registrar can do and professors can’t make any promises on giving me a PTA number regardless of my situation. Fortunately I now have 2 out of 3 of the classes I was originally enrolled in. (Well 2 out of 4 – I am willing to sacrifice my tai chi class.) Now I’m just waiting out to see which Psychology class I can enroll in. The problem is they both have labs. All of the students are able to fit in the lecture part of the course but in lab it gets a bit crowded and usually one section is more popular than the other. In hindsight I wonder why I did not receive an email on the last day to pay for tuition. One final reminder. I received a few reminder emails since around Thanksgiving – why is there no email sent on the deadline day? I do take full responsibility for not double checking. I definitely regret not just paying it right there and then well in advance of the deadline.

Anyways, enough with the negative and on to the positive. I am for sure getting into TCS 191 Writing Across Media with Dr. Andy Jones. It’s a class I’ve been looking forward to taking ever since last year when a couple AggieTV friends told me about it. Here is the course description:

TCS 191 introduces students to experimental approaches to writing for different media and artistic practices, including photography, art installations, radio, film and film criticism, and live staged and multimedia performances. Participants in the class will explore how written texts relate to the images, sounds, and performances in digital and media production. Participants will complete a significant number of in-class and out-of-class writing assignments, both individually and as parts of groups. Our common themes, creativity and discovery, will inform all your reading and writing assignments, and prepare you to engage, challenge and impress readers, viewers, and listeners.

It’s going to be a fun and challenging class. I’m already brainstorming what I could do for our class projects. I’m looking forward to the radio script assignment because I have not played around with just audio in a while. I hope to find someone in class to collaborate on story boarding a favorite movie scene. Of course, Pixar comes to mind but I feel I want to steer away from movies that I have access to original story boards. One of the bonus assignments I signed up for is to create an Image Collection to have a visual companion for class. Dr. Andy suggested using Tumblr to host photos and so I went ahead and included quotes, links and videos in addition to photos. Check it out at http://tcs191.tumblr.com/. You can also read more about our class at http://www.andysclasses.com/tcs-191/. I believe someone is going to make a blog of class notes so when I find that out I can post it too.

Another positive for this quarter is that I learned I have friends in each of my classes! I know it’s great to make new friends but it’s awesome to have people you already know in class since everyone is so busy all the time and it makes it harder to find time to hang out. So that is comforting.

The last thing I’m psyched about is being on the Lip Dub committee for AggieTV. If you haven’t heard, see our Facebook event! We’ll be filming a promo on Sunday which will be fun. We’ll soon begin club and organization outreach to get everyone on campus involved. The song choice that naturally won the vote is Queen – Bicycle.

And for those of you who have no idea what I’m talking about – here’s an example of a lip dub:

Hope you’re transitioning back to school as smoothly as possible! Sound off in the comments if you’re having wait list issues too.

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