How to Major in Comparative Media Studies

The environmental engineering students I asked long ago said that the term I’m in (junior fall) is supposed to be the easiest out of the curriculum, and the next term (junior spring) is supposed to be the hardest. Given that I’m a week behind (which means 6 term paper or lab or pset-type assignments give or take) in schoolwork and have been stuck on just one of those working as productively as I have ever been before and after that Thanksgiving dinner on Thursday, I’m thinking of just saying to hell with it and trying out what I’m thinking of doing anyway after college: film, video game design – comparative media studies. Honestly I can’t handle another term like this. I know my term is harder than the typical junior fall term (adding two CI classes including Ecology I that made sophomore fall ‘the hardest’ according to those environmental engineering alums and a course 12 class without knowing matlab well enough which is just masochism), but I am not doing this again. Nope. No way. Two science classes (or maybe 2.5) and THAT. IS. IT.

Luckily even if I don’t minor in energy (which has technical requirements up the gazoo) I can still double major in Comparative Media Studies (CMS)! Provided that I take 10 CMS classes and finish my major. Here’s the schedule I’m thinking of, and my excitement about each…

Junior Spring
Environmental Chem and Bio (…)
Environmental Health Engineering (..)
Environmental ChemBioHealth Lab (…….)
Spanish IV (=DD)
The Film Experience (=DDDDDDDD CMS Rec)
Writing for Videogames (=DDDDDDDDDDD CMS Rec that may or may not fit in…)

Summer: MISTI Chile???

Senior Fall
Thermodynamics and Kinetics (at least a useful science class… that I need for the following one?)
Global Change Science (=D…)
Making Public Policy (=DDDDD)
Intro to CMS (=DDDD CMS Rec)
A Media and Methods Class (Performing? =DDD CMS Rec)
Media in Cultural Context (CMS!)
Junot Diaz’s Writing Class if he’s teaching that term (=DDDDDDD)

Senior Spring
Ecology II
Capstone Class
6 more CMS Classes

… You know what, maybe that isn’t so possible after all.

Well, you never know. All I know is I’ll just keep working as long as it takes and as teachers give me to learn the most from these assignments that I can, figuring out how to get them done myself – that’s why I’m taking the classes that I’m taking now, anyway – somehow pass most and hopefully all of them, and find some way to have a better semester next term. I could already work full time at a company – and did last summer – with my mad and normal-speed but MIT-sloth-slow data analysis and problem solving skills. Yup yup.

Going out to refuel, though no food is better than what my sister makes for Thanksgiving, or the oatmeal my mom makes me at home =) Visiting family is such a great way to return things to perspective!

Before I go… with my high speed MIT internet I can now post some video video videos =DDDDDD Lonely Island always makes my day.

“Hakuna Matata!” *bang bang bang*

http://www.hulu.com/embed/6NR6hkoQWvpwi8QSdBrW4w

(…OR WAS IT?)

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Break Break Bawk Bawk

No, while I have several assignments due and in progress, I’m not stuck at MIT for thanksgiving. Right now I’m on… a TRAIN! A TRAIN train. Back to NYC. This is why I need to graduate from MIT. So I can make enough to ride trains. all. the time. They’re fast, comfy, no creeps – or at least less creeps – no annoying sitting on the floor for at least half an hour in the crowded station with the bus running late, no sulky bus station food that isn’t rabbit friendly (especially in DC Greyhound stations and below)… Don’t remind me of my two 15 hour bus rides between Boston and Birmingham for last year’s habitat for humanity spring break. I paid my dues, all right? Sitting next to creeps that talked about how they beat their kids and picked up girls and oh would I friend them on facebook.

We really need to get those train subsidies going so everyone can start doing it. Who’d believe that a train from Boston to NYC could be no less expensive than a flight? How about carbon emissions? Where does that factor in, huh? Not that I’m learning about exactly what high carbon emissions mean in all of my classes or anything. (Note to self – take classes learning about how to research and propose policies like subsidies, not just 4 at first 5 STRAIGHT SCIENCE ones… what ever made that sound like a good idea?)

In the spirit of the break I present to you some of my favorite SNL shorts. Or I will, once I get off this train and back home, since this train wireless is not allowing me to go onto sites with ‘streamed media’. OR the iTunes store. Now this kind of blocking would have been helpful at MIT… but it’s the start of BREAAAAAAAAK! =( And I’d just been trying to decide on Enter Shikari songs to buy! (Got ‘Sorry You’re Not a Winner’ earlier – and ALREADY have a plot and music video idea roughly storyboarded out for it… this is what I do with my oh so valuable brain cells, no kidding)

Well in lieu of Andy Samberg for now I’ll give you this slower song which was already open on Safari – take that Acela wireless! Booo YAH!!!

Have a wonderful Thanksgiving, everyone!