An Ode to the Second Floor of Powell

As the end of the semester approaches, there is a lot of talk of plans for after graduation. For the students, this includes potential jobs, where we will be relocating, and other stressful yet exciting topics. In addition to all of this future planning, it has also come to my attention that our professors will also be relocating to a new building and a new floor that will be the home of the iMedia program. There is talk of what will be left, what will be taken, and when the move will happen. Throughout all of this, I haven’t been thinking much about it, but lately I have been reminiscing on my time in Powell. Maybe it’s the stress or maybe it’s the looming thought of leaving in less than two months. Whatever the reason, I’d like to give some insight on what next year’s students will be missing, as well as what I will miss about Powell. I’d also like a little help from The Office, because The Office was an amazing show and the way we feel about our floor is the way they felt about their office space.

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The second floor of Powell has become a home for all iMedia students. We spend countless hours here, both during classes as well as into the wee hours of the night and morning. We have almost become too comfortable here; often lying on the floor, running around, and just being silly without feeling out of place. We hang out in the lounge, take over the editing bays, and make the entire hallway our own.

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The lounge has been a meeting place for everyone, where we often eat lunch and hang out. We get to spend a lot of time here between classes and it’s almost like a home base of the hallway. We have also made sure to fully caffeinate ourselves with three different coffee machines and a tea kettle taking up most of the free counter space in the lounge.

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The view from Powell is also an incredible thing I will miss. We have a perfect view of the fountain and the space in front of Alamance Building. A lot of action happens here, which can give us a fun break from our work. The Christmas lighting was a great tradition that we got to watch first hand, which brought us into the culture of Elon. I am very happy we got to have such a relaxing view right outside of our building. It’s like we got the golden ticket of views.

 

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We also had a few parties in the hallway, which made it feel even more like a home and gave us some down time to have fun. From Pumpkin Painting to Secret Santa, we had our share of good times that I won’t soon forget.

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We have claimed the hallway as our own, as I’m sure every class does, and I hope every class after us will do. While the iMedia program will be moving next year, the excitement and passion that the students bring will remain as will the encouragement and guidance of the professors. I will miss my time spent in Powell, and can’t wait to come visit the next classes and see what they have down with their new hallway.

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A Well Deserved Break

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Well, we finally reached the end of our first semester of grad school. We have written the papers, coded the websites, and completed the projects. As we all reflect on this semester, we realize just how much we have learned and how much we have grown. During Bootcamp, our professors joked that by this point, we would have learned new languages and would be making jokes about coding. At the time, we couldn’t comprehend coding or being able to joke about it. However, now we understand jokes like this:

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We have learned more than we ever could have imagined, made projects we never thought we could make, and are excited for our fly-ins in January and our next semester in the program. At last, we can see that we can make it through and come out true masters. We can also take time to realize how close we have all become, and how we all help and support each other. We really have become an iMedia family!

Now, we can all get the break we need and have earned before we get back to the grind. So, until next semester, enjoy the break and Happy Holidays!

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Get Ready for The Draft!

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The time has come: on Tuesday October 11th, the draft for fly-in trips happens. This means we all figure out what country we will be going to, what our job will be, and who our teammates are.

We have some amazing locations that we could go to: The Dominican Republic, Costa Rica, and Iceland. In these countries, we will work with nonprofits to create an interactive media project to help their organization.

While this is an exciting part of our time here, we can’t help but be a little nervous, mainly because not knowing is just so hard.

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The anticipation has built up for such a long time, and we can’t wait to see how it turns out. Who knows how it will go and who we will get to collaborate with?

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After all, the part we’re most excited about is getting together with our groups and creating an amazing project for a non-profit. Soon enough, we’ll all be in sync like a great team.

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So as nervous as we are, once we get picked and find out our group, we’ll be super thankful that we made it and have this great opportunity.

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Then the collaboration starts and it’s countdown to fly-ins, where we’ll have the time of our lives with our friends and make some amazing projects for great causes.

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So with less than a week left, we are ready for the draft. Bring it on!

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