The Life of a USC
Graduate Film School
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Auditorium sits right across the street from USC's campus. It's also
where the Academy Awards were held. Wendy plans to make many return trips
to the stage at the Shrine .. to pick up other tangible goodies.
application to USC Film (as an undergrad) was rejected by the Film
school, but accepted as a Psychology major. She began her first days of classes
at USC in the Fall semester of '97. But Psychology did not excite her.
Both of Wendy's grandfathers are
USC alumni, so it's a family tradition. That
first day, she couldn't help but think about how, many years prior, her father
and both grandfathers had tread along those very same red-brick walkways.
Not one to accept the cards she's dealt, that first semester as an undergrad,
Wendy took three Film courses and only one Psych class .. as a Psych major.
It became clear that Film excited her. She worked hard in the Film classes
and made it a point to become known to her professors.
At the end of her first semester, Wendy reapplied to the Film school. She hoped
to get into the Production program, but was accepted into the Critical Studies
In retrospect, it
providential that she was accepted to the Critical
Studies program. USC's (3-year) *graduate* Production program is their signature
program. It's more highly regarded than the undergrad version .. something she
didn't know as an undergrad.
Studies degree from USC Film school gives her a
analytical & cultural foundation from which to approach Film Production as
a graduate student.
Wendy is the only student in her class (of 50) with an undergrad degree from
USC Film school. While her classmates carry degrees in disciplines like Accounting,
Economics, and Computer Engineering, Critical Studies majors focus not only the
aesthetics of Film, but also on its social, political, racial, sexual & cultural aspects
as well .. all important, especially in today's multi-cultural world.
Her classmates are graduates of some of the
schools, such as
Harvard, MIT, NYU & Berkeley. And not just from the United States, but from
many counties around the globe.
The following pages
originally came from email sent to
family & friends. One of
Wendy's biggest problems with academia is the number of hours it demands.
Grad school takes nearly every waking minute, making it impossible to stay
in touch with family & friends. Being an intensely social creature, she finds
this to be school's biggest negative.
alleviate the feelings of alienation from family & friends, I began
status'ing them of her progress, chronicling her ups & downs, challenges &
victories. Grad school turned out to be more intense & exciting than either
of us had anticipated. Slowly the mailing list grew.
Wendy felt like she was staying in touch with family & friends. She says she
can feel their support .. which shouldn't be underestimated .. cuz, sometimes,
that's all that keep her going.
We're all proud of
her for having the courage & determination to pursue her
dreams. The semester was challenging, enlightening, rewarding & enriching.
See for yourself.
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