Arianna Westley Creative Studio Portrait
Education

Spring 2020 Semester Wrap Up

Wow, I can’t believe how fast this semester flew by compared to last year! I took three courses this spring: Film History, Web Design, and Communication and Cultural Change.

Before the semester started, I decided to quit my part-time job so that I had more time to focus on my school-work. I’m so glad I did! I had a due date everyday of the week except Mondays almost every week. I prepared for the worst and it was actually very manageable!

Web Design

Before the semester started, I thought this would be my favorite class. It was my easiest class in terms of the actual content and the workload. I could have completed the entire course at the beginning of the semester if I had dedicated enough time to it. I didn’t do this until the end of the semester so I could focus on my finals for my other classes.

My professor for this class wasn’t very interactive with us on feedback or facilitating discussions. It was much more of a “busy work” type of class.

Since I’ve been running a blog for the last year and ran others previously, I already knew a lot of the information and had experience with it. There were only two or three weeks where I learned something new.

I think I would have enjoyed the class much more had it been more challenging and rewarding like my other two courses.

Film History

When I was planning my course load last semester, I decided to take Film History to challenge myself and get out of my comfort zone. I’m not a big moviegoer and I only watch movies that I think will be interesting.

I’m SO glad I took this course! I learned so much about the film-making process and decisions that directors make behind the scenes. We watched several movies that I really enjoyed but wouldn’t have watched otherwise.

My favorite films from the class were To Be Or Not To Be, Sunset Boulevard, and Children of Men.

We had Twitter assignments which felt kind of like “busy work” but it was nice being able to interact with classmates in short form communication instead of just the discussion board posts.

I didn’t expect to start a YouTube channel this semester and I think that’s a major reason why I started to love the class so much. I learned so much about framing and setting up the scene. I’m so excited to finally start putting everything to work this summer for my YouTube channel!

Communication and Cultural Change

I wasn’t sure what to expect for this class because the course description seemed pretty vague. But it filled a requirement for my degree so I added the class.

I’m so glad that I did, especially with the professor I took it with! I had her for one of my classes last spring and loved it! She selected readings with somewhat difficult topics and dared us to challenge ourselves with the discussion board assignments.

Throughout the semester, she also had us do “project journals” which helped prepare us for our essay finals throughout the semester. It was so much easier to write the rough draft for our peer review and then to fix for the final draft I turned in.

Overall, I’m genuinely surprised by how much I enjoyed the class and the content of each unit!

My YouTube Channel

I finally did it! I started my YouTube channel! Check out my first month on YouTube blog post.

My first video was a Week in My Life: My Last Week Working Two Jobs that I finally uploaded the day before Valentine’s Day.

Since then, I’ve uploaded 6 more videos. I was much more inspired to create content at the beginning of the semester because I wasn’t as stressed from school work and the pandemic.

So I’ve been doing a lot of preparation work over the last couple weeks to set myself up for success this summer. I know that I want to upload a minimum of 2-3 videos each week but I’d also like to daily vlog for the month of July (Vlogmas in July anyone?).

I watched a bunch of Casey Neistat’s daily vlogs recently for some inspiration. He talked about how he’s “here”, his goals are “there”, and the only thing separating those two things is work. To get the work done, you have to show up everyday.

So that’s what I’d like to do this summer. I’m going to work on myself and my brand every day this summer to improve my skills and my brand’s reach.

I also have a fun goal to try going viral on Tik Tok. I’m not thinking about it too seriously, but I’m excited to give it a try. If it happens, it happens. If not, then that’s okay too!

Overall, this was a great semester!

The course load was A LOT more manageable than I thought it was going to be. By the end, I actually liked having the due dates so spread out.

I learned SO much about myself and what I want to do in the future. I even started taking (baby) steps toward achieving my goals!

Make sure you subscribe to my YouTube channel and follow along on my socials to see what kinda stuff I get into this summer! (:

xoxo,

Arianna

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