Well today was the end of my first week of school. I had Intro to Cinema and History of World Civilization 2. After my classes I had a meeting with my TRIO SSS (Student Support Services) advisor.
In Cinema we were learning about its technical history from the Zoeatrope to George Melies “A Trip to the Moon”. It was interesting to see how they first attempted to colorize film. It must have been painstaking painting each frame, even if it was a 13 minute film. It is remarkable to see how far we have come in such a short period of time ( in the grand scheme of things). I also started the readings tonight going through the influences of the different countries that had an effect on the industry from the late 19th century to 1947 is where I stopped for the night. This cover things like the Kinetograph and Kinetoscope developed by William Kennedy Laurie Dickson in Edison’s labs (411 Barsam and Monaham). Going into the Silent Period (214), The German Expressionists (418) and many more.
This afternoon I had History in which we watched a video (narrated by the late Leonard Nimoy)and discussed the Black plague, and he answered questions on the syllabus. The video was something that I had seen before on the History channel so most of the information was not too new to me. Like I knew they used Bodies of the dead as a form of biological warfare of the time and that doctors of the time were some of the most vulnerable do to the closeness of working with those who had the plague. What I had missed the first time I had watched the video was the Flagellants ( an extremist Christian sect) that had started to gain traction do to the Catholic Church own ignorance and unwillingness to hear any ideas other than those in the Bible. I started my reading for this class today as well. The reading are on some of the creation myths of the world. I have gone through the Iroquois, which is more of a matriarchal view of the world and the Japanese which from what I read started out quite nice then became very patriarchal. At least that is how I saw it. I will be rereading it to get a better understanding of them both.
After history I went to see my TRIO advisor. I like going to talk to him we always have interesting conversations. For those who do not know Trio is an organization that help first generation college students and students with disabilities navigate through college life. They help you set up your schedules, filling out financial aid forms and help to keep you on track in school. Some of the most prominent people who have been part of this program through the years (not at Normandale Community college where I go they just started theirs last year) are Oprah Winfrey and Angela Bassett. This Program has been around since the 60’s and is federally funded. If you are in college and they have this program check to see if you qualify it is extremely helpful. Me and James (my advisor) talked about how my classes are going so far, some of my financial aid and a little about this blog. it was a short meeting but it is the first week and he is swamped with the new semester and people on his team. He did ask me if I “If I thought that I would have any problems with the number of classes or the classes themselves.” I dont really think I will of course while writing this blog my self doubt started creeping up again. This happened before this time I feel I have the support I need to concur it. beside I always feel like this until the end of the semester. By then I have seen where I am at and know what I need to do to get the grades I need and want. Hell right now I am waiting to get my invitation to Phi Theta Kappa our Honor Society. Over the past 2 semester I earned a 3.53 GPA in my college level courses. If you add in my remedial courses it is a 3.68 GPA. So, as long as I keep doing what I am doing I should have another good semester.
Barsam, Richard Meran., and Dave Monahan. “10/Film History.” Looking at Movies: An Introduction to Film. 5th ed. New York: W.W. Norton, 2016. 411+. Print.