Sabrina: An Easy Way to Stay Entertained During COVID

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I’m sure I don’t need to remind you all that we’re living in “unprecedented times,” and that as a result, life can get a little bit boring when all you have to entertain yourself is homework and your daily allotted time for staring at that one wall in your room. However, I have a solution for these troubling times: the 100 Movies Bucket List poster. 

It may sound cheesy, but trust me, my roommates and I are proof that this poster works. Every night we gather around the TV and ask Siri to pick two numbers between 1 and 10, then we find the movie she has selected and we watch it. It’s become a ritual, and it absolutely keeps us on our toes.

As a film and television major, I’ve found that in a lot of my classes (especially production ones), professors are always referencing famous movies that I’ve never seen. I always add these to a list in my brain so that I might later genuinely understand what they’re talking about.

After a while, though, that list in my brain gets fuzzy and I can’t remember which iconic movies I’m “supposed to watch” in order to fully grasp my film and television education. Then came this poster, and suddenly every movie that has been referenced in my classes is sitting on a poster, ready for me to watch.

You’re probably wondering, is it just a poster with movie titles? And the answer is no, it’s so much more. Every movie has a gray box underneath, and after you watch the movie you grab a coin and you scratch away at the gray to reveal an image that represents the movie. My roommates and I play a game where before we scratch, we try to predict what the image will be. We’re almost always wrong, but it’s fun regardless.

If you’re bored in quarantine, or simply want to elevate your film knowledge, I highly recommend this poster. You can find it here: https://www.amazon.com/Gift-Republic-GR630004-Bucket-Poster/dp/B075SDQ2K8/ref=asc_df_B075SDQ2K8/?tag=hyprod-20&linkCode=df0&hvadid=241885544103&hvpos=&hvnetw=g&hvrand=11096703014978157165&hvpone=&hvptwo=&hvqmt=&hvdev=c&hvdvcmdl=&hvlocint=&hvlocphy=9061331&hvtargid=pla-384448912262&psc=1

Have fun watching!

Sabrina: What COM Color To Dye Your Hair During Quarantine

It’s that time of the year: quarantine time! Believe me, I never saw this coming, but one night recently as I was sitting on my couch watching the reunion episode of Love Is Blind, it occurred to me that this is the time in my life when I should be taking risks and doing fun things that make me happy, as long as I can do them within my own home while practicing social distancing. So I decided that I was going to do something that I’ve been wanting to do for a while: dye my hair pink. So I did.

While I was looking online for different hair colors, it occurred to me that the color that a person chooses to use for their hair says a lot about their personality. So, I decided to categorize Arctic Fox (the brand I used) hair colors by COM majors. Here’s what I came up with…

Television & Film Frosé

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Interested in Film and Television? Then the color for you is Frosé! You like to be creative and push boundaries while also being aware that sometimes you have to be professional. You don’t want to be too bold, but you want to have some fun. Is this the color that I used to dye my hair? Perhaps.

Advertising Aquamarine

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Love to put out advertisements? Then Aquamarine is the color for you! You love social media and can be bold sometimes. Your sense of style is amazing and you aren’t afraid to put a splash of color into your daily ensemble. You love keeping up with the trends and you know when it’s time to be professional!

Blue Jean Journalism

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Love interviewing people? Love running up and capturing the hottest moment during the Bernie Sanders Boston rally? Then Blue Jean Baby is the color for you! You like to splash a little fun into your life but you’re always ready to be professional for an interview. You don’t want to be too bold but you want a little subtle flare. You do you!

 

Media Science Sterling

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Interested in Media Science? The science behind media? Then Sterling is the color for you! It’s chic, it’s stylish, and it’s totally trending. You can be professional but also stand out in a crowd and play with it. Don’t be afraid to spice it up a bit and try something new. Science is all about experimenting after all…
Public Relations Ritual

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Are you interested in Public Relations? Do you like talking to people and fixing issues? Then Ritual is the perfect hair color for you. You’re the go-to friend for advice and you’re a wonderful presence to be around. You know when to keep it professional and when to be casual. With this hair color you can be both. Not too bold but fun nonetheless.

Remember to have fun during this weird time and do what makes you happy. Whether that be dying your hair or binge-watching Schitt’s Creek, do your best to make sure that you’re filling each day with something to make you smile. See you in the fall!

Sabrina: It’s Ok To Have Weaknesses!

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When I started college I had no idea what I wanted to do. I knew that I had passions, and I knew that I wanted to be in communications because in high school it was my favorite subject. Coming to Boston University, I decided to go into Film and Television, because I knew that I loved TV and writing. As junior year came around I decided that I was going to step outside of my comfort zone by taking one screenwriting class and one production class. I figured that taking a production class could be beneficial, because if I was great at it, then I’d know that production was something I could try to pursue as a career. On the other hand, if I didn’t like it, that was another film and television path that I could cross off of my list. As I’ve gone through the class and have navigated this semester, I’ve learned to accept that there are certain things I’m just not going to be great at doing. For example: production.

Every time I sign up for a class, I walk in with expectations of my performance. When I registered for a statistics class, I figured that I would barely pass the course, considering the fact that math has never been my strongest subject. However, I finished the class with an A, and even managed to get a 100 on the final exam. I shocked myself because all along I had been doubting my abilities.

When I signed up for Production 1, I figured that I’d enjoy the class and do well. I worked on the television station at my previous school, Ithaca College, and had experience making short films for other beginner-level film and television courses. I never could have anticipated that I’d be receiving grades below a B. I didn’t think that I was the best filmmaker or the best editor or anything of the sort, but I never expected to feel so defeated.

Production 1 has taught me several lessons. It’s taught me how to use a Canon C100 video camera, how to record and edit audio using omnidirectional microphones, and even how to color-correct footage. But above all, Production 1 has taught me that it’s okay to not be good at everything. Growing up, and in high school especially, I wasn’t good at everything by a long shot. I had strengths and weaknesses, but when it came to my favorite subjects, I thrived. Production 1 made me realize that it’s ok to have weaknesses within your major and your passion. It’s impossible to be good at everything or to receive A grades on every assignment. Sometimes you have to accept the fact that everyone has weaknesses and that certain parts of your major just might not be the perfect fit for you, and that’s more than okay.

Regardless of your major, I always encouraged people to step outside of their comfort zone. You may discover new weaknesses, like production, but you also may discover new strengths, like statistics! Anything is possible, but you have to explore in order to find out.