Admissions Deadlines and the Art of the Snowdrift Luau

Here it is: 2013.

To be frank, I was like sixty-five percent sure that we wouldn’t live to see this night. I mean, I’m not saying that I buy into every single Mesoamerican prophecy that hits center stage, but I really had a good feeling about this one. Oh well. We can’t all be right all the time.

Every New Years’ Eve, I always spend a lot more time thinking about what’s coming up in the next year rather than everything that’s happened over the twelve previous months. For some of us in the graduate school, we’re looking at potential jobs. For others, we’re planning the biggest projects we’ve done since we started school almost two (or more) decades ago. Still, there are those prospective students right now (maybe not right now) eagerly pecking away at their applications, confident (and correct) that this is the right step for their future.

This time two years ago, I was sitting in front of a roaring fireplace, writing the last lines of a short story for my Boston University application portfolio. Tonight, I’m sitting next to a celebratory oatmeal stout, wrapping up the next draft of a short script I’m submitting to Boston University’s annual screenwriting competition. This time next year, I’ll be trying to turn internships into employment in Los Angeles and hopefully on the way to getting some of my own scripts sold and directing projects off the ground.

Anyway, there’s officially a month left in the application process for the next class of COM graduate students. For the screenwriters, that means you’ll need to write at least a page a day to pull this off, if you haven’t started. You’ll spend the next month wondering why you didn’t study more for the GRE, and praying that those professors writing your recommendations don’t actually hate you.

But don’t worry. I’ve got a really good feeling about this year. Sure, it helps that I’m only taking three classes and have plans to be working closer with the COM staff, who are always a blast. There’ll also be more prospective student events, and I’m not just sucking up here, I freaking love meeting you guys. On top of all of that, I’ll have a great new batch of Storytelling students to start teaching all over again from the first FADE IN:.

I’m never wrong about these feelings I get. It’s going to be a good year.

P.S., I read a tweet earlier from @bucomgrad that says that the COM Lawn is a great place for barbecuing, so unless anybody tells me any different, I’m going to start stockpiling charcoal and holding snowdrift luaus on the front lawn.

I’ll see you there.

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