Thursday, May 5, 2011

Final Post

“There's a sad sort of clanging from the clock in the hall
And the bells in the steeple too
And up in the” College Relations and Communications Office “an absurd little bird
Is popping out to say ‘cuckoo’
Cuckoo, cuckoo”

Yes, sadly it’s that time; time for me to say goodbye to the blog and all the wonderful people in the relations office. :( From keeping a blog, brainstorming video ideas, scheduling interviews, working a camera to being in front of a camera, working at Fool for Art and just watching how a communications and relations office works, I’ve learned an incredible amount. I didn’t really come into in this internship with any expectations, I thought it was going to be fun, but I didn’t realize how much excitement it was really going to be. :o) Kyle and I disagree on many things like music (except Sinatra and classic jazz lol), food, sweet tea and Southern hospitality, but it’s been a great experience keeping the blog with him. To everyone in the relations office, ya’ll are totally awesome sauce! Please keep in touch, friend me in FB, FUR REALZ!!! :o) And to ya’ll all blog followers, keep telling everyone about the blog, because it is far from over and I’m sure the next interns will only make it better! 

My plans, hmmm... I don't really have anything set in stone. I'll be hanging around JTCC for another year or so, but other than that I'll be making my plans as I go along. :) I hope to pursue a degree in Visual Communications, but who knows. I'll probably change that by next semester. lol. That's the good thing about JTCC, I don't have to commit to one thing right a way. Anyways, hope to see ya'll around and now, as much as I hate to say it, “So long, farewell, auf Wiedersehen, adieu Adieu, adieu, to yieu and yieu and yieu!”

In the beginning of this internship, it was very slow paced and the work was very minimal.  However, after a few weeks in the office, things started to kick off.  We started on the Sketch project which took up most of our time, filming and editing it all.  Right after that we started on the Hybrid project and, after completing the first draft of it, was then dumped and we had to go back to the drawing board. 
While still working on Hybrid, we had to start preparing for Fool for Art, which was our busiest period.  That’s why we had stopped posting blogs for a while.  Finally Fool for Art was over and things started to calm down. 
Overall, this experience was much better than I had initially thought.  When you think of an internship, you probably think of being taken advantage of and making coffee runs.  Well, that’s not at all what I did.  I learned a lot, stuff that’s actually useful to life too.  I was treated very well and enjoyed the co-workers around me.  This was a huge commitment, six to eight hours a week, but I don’t regret it at all.
My plans: I am going to graduate high school at JTCC and then move on to a four year university. I’m thinking of studying marketing or business.  After college, I plan to move back to the north and build a newer and brighter life.  I don’t want to plan too much, because I know plans change and, maybe, after college I’ll end up in Amsterdam or something like that.  Probably not, but you never know.
Thank you guys for a wonderful semester, take care!

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

The End is Near

What time is it? Almost summer time! Yay woohooo!!! There is light on the other side of finals, believe it or not; then, the sunshine will be here to stay! Beaches, pools, flip-flops, sunglasses and don’t forget the sun block - tis the season for all that means summer. Make it through finals, you can do it! I believe in you! Don’t give up yet, just a little bit longer. It’s hard to stay focused when my mind starts wandering to all the amazing things I have planned to do this summer.  What does your mind keep wandering to? Any crazy fun plans for those warm months of the year?
For the summer, first, I am going to Cozumel, Mexico for a week in May with my family. Also for Independence Day, like every year, my family and I go to Smith Mt. Lake. In August I’m getting together with the touring company I’m in and will be putting together a show to perform throughout the 2011-2012 season. Other plans: I am planning to volunteer for a One-Act Festival in Charlottesville, getting my wisdom teeth pulled, taking some culinary classes, refurbishing my stoop and flower beds, and probably other stuff. Other than that, I’ll be working. Just recently I got a job for a company called AIM and work beside the president. I’m really excited to be working there and am blessed with this job opportunity.
My plans, hmm… well as always I don’t know yet. Lol. I usually fly by the seat of my pants and tend to be indecisive about plans. I graduate high school this year, so this is my senior summer vacation, but I really don’t know exactly what I’ll be up to. I’ll probably catch up on some lost sleep from this semester, loaf on my couch and watch cartoons (one of my fav things to do). I’ll keep working, but for the most part I just want to hang out with friends and enjoy the hot weather. Maybe I’ll go to the beach or climb a mountain. hmm I might even paint a masterpiece or write a bestselling novel! Who knows? I have a summer camp that I volunteer at, so I’ll be doing that. So for the most part I have a boring summer planned, but that leaves room for being spontaneous, which is something I love to be. :)
So what kind of plans do you have this summer? Comment below to tell us about them.  We’d love to know about all about them. 
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-Megan Way

-Kyle Rudnick

Thursday, April 28, 2011

so you might be a nerd when...

I freely admit, ok maybe not so freely admit, but I’m a nerd. I was just on, looking at Diana Hacker’s guide called, “A Writer’s Reference.” On this site there are writing exercises to improve any mistakes that you’ve been making. They have anything from exercises in grammar, punctuation and sentence agreement to researching and there is so much more. With everything you do, improvement comes from practicing. This site gave me a great opportunity to do that.

While I was on the site I saw this link, Language Debates. I’m always interested in a good debate so I curiously clicked on it. Up came a list of controversial language usages. People, much smarter and brighter than I, have clashed and torn at these subjects. Now, I have the pleasure to read the debates and figure out which side of the fence I sit on. For example, comma usage. When making a list do you put a comma before the “and” or do you leave it out? e.g.: “When I go to the store I need to get popcorn, milk, bread, butter, paper, pens, and pencils.” Or, “When I go to the store I need to get popcorn, milk, bread, butter, paper, pens and pencils.” See the difference? It gets harder when you look at a sentence like this: “They had brown, green, gray and blue eyes.” Are the eyes gray and blue or were some eyes grey and others blue? Personally I like to not have the comma. You might have to read it twice, but I don’t think that not having it takes away from the reading. What do you think? To have a comma or not to have a comma? Hmmm… what a writing quandary.

Check out all the different and fascinating language debates on Diana Hacker’s site. Here’s a link to a few:

Oh and my fav "cliche" quote of the day is:

“Think like a man of action, act like a man of thought.”      —Henri Bergson

- Megan A. Way

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Spring Improv

Once again Improv is back, and this time on both campuses.
Firstly, on Friday April 22 and Friday April 29, the Midlo. Improv Group will be performing at 7 PM in room A201 at the Midlothian campus.
Secondly, on Tuesday May 3 and Tuesday May 10, the Chester Improv Group will be performing at 7 PM in the Nicholas Center Theatre at the Chester campus.
This is a great opportunity considering that there are four performances, two on each campus.  Help your selves to some laughs and come to one, or even more, of the shows.
Also as a side note, if you come to one of the performances and find that you like the genre of theatre, there is a new place in Richmond called ComedySportz Improv Theatre at: 8906 West Broad Street.  It’s in a strip mall near the intersection of Parham and Broad.  Shows at this venue will begin on May 7, 2011 and will continue on Fridays at 8 PM and Saturdays at 7 PM and 9:30 PM.


-Kyle Rudnick

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

How To Be A Millionaire, a Mark Zuckerberg Story

I could be very clique and say, “Are you a fan of FaceBook? Have you seen the movie The Social Network?” Well, have you? If you haven’t, why don’t you clear your schedule for a movie night out at the Midlothian campus? It’ll be in room C109 at 6:30pm. Oh and you should definitely post what you think about the movie on JTCC’s FB page. To reserve a seat for you and a friend, contact Amanda Carpenter at Clique warning again: “Hope to see you there!” ;)
- Megan A. Way
-Kyle Rudnick

Thursday, March 31, 2011

Mark Your Calendar. You Must Be There.

Are you doing anything April 9th? Most definitely you are! You’re coming out to JTCC’s annual Fool for Art! What is Fool for Art, you may ask? It’s only the biggest, coolest, most exciting place to see art in several different forms in Richmond!  Fool for Art was started in 2006 when people realized no one knew about all the crazy cool things JTCC had to offer. So they set up some tents and had all the faculty, staff and community set up booths where they could proudly display all the amazing things they had made. There are free educational sessions, hands on activities, information booths and free take away prizes! The buzz from the crowd is incredible as you wonder and wander through all the great stuff to do. What about the kids, you may ask, do they need a babysitter? Nope. Bring them along. It’s a great family friendly way to spend a Saturday and with so much to do, your kids won’t ever get bored! Make sure to stop in and say hi at the Sketch table in room C109. There you can pick up a snazzy new Sketch magazine and “sketch” out a plan (or whatever you want) on a super cool canvas tote (totally in all the time!). So make sure to check out the website (click here) to print out your program and see all the crazy cool stuff that’s goin on that day!

-Megan A. Way

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Blood Drive

On March 30 and March 31, 2011 from 9 am to 3 pm at the Midlothian Campus Room C109, there will be a Blood Drive for those who are willing to donate.  I know that there are people who hate the needle, but perhaps you can think of it as facing your fear.

-Kyle Rudnick