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94 Days of Summer, Day 74: Jamey's Summer Book Review

Out “94 Days of Summer” guest blogging continues with Communication Studies major Jamey Padojino. Here we go…

“I’m a junior at USF majoring in Communication Studies and minoring in Journalism. My summer has been pretty busy – taking three summer school classes (2 down, 1 to go!) and interning at ABC7/KGO-TV (which I’ll share more about in a later post). This coming school year will be my last year at USF. I’m graduating a year early – which is terrifying but all the more exciting. Netflix has become an addiction of mine this summer. I’ve been glued to watching The Office and I can now see why everyone loves it so much.

Jamey and the World's Largest Hamburger from the Alameda County Fair

In the meantime I’ve also been tackling my summer reading list and one of the books relates to our major! I was in Professor DeLaure’s Rhetoric and the Public Sphere class last Fall and she recommended the book Amusing Ourselves to Death by Neil Postman. In a nutshell the book talks about how television has consumed every aspect of our culture and communication. Our inability to have a discussion with the people behind a screen only increases opportunities for amusement. Information intake is a one-way street. This creates problems for talking about real issues because they’re presented to us as forms of entertainment. I figured I should read a book about television while interning at a news station.

The book provides many historical references on how communication has evolved. After every chapter I read it made me realize how much TV has consumed the way I look at the world. At times I almost felt ashamed at how much I devour the entertainment that comes before my eyes. At the end of the book Postman’s cure is through education. He says we need to change the way we watch TV – we need to think about what we watching. As I closed the book I wondered how I could think while watching TV.

At first they don’t seem to go hand-in-hand. But I realized that I do have conversations about television all the time in class. Postman talks about the phenomenon of ‘Now…This’ which is all about how information is always jam-packed into single sentences concerning politics, religion and much more. I now appreciate all the discussions in class about major issues that most people may only hear about for a minute and a half on a news segment. And through these talks we can stray away from being solely entertained by news stories. We can’t brush off our habits of amusement with the television or talk to the people behind the camera but we can continue to keep the conversation going in the classrooms.

With my new perspective on television, specifically news shows, I can now keep in mind that there’s always another side to the story. Facts are facts and some news shows can be skewed with opinion but there’s still a conversation waiting to happen.”

Thanks, Jamey, for your thoughtful post! In addition to reading and interning this summer, Jamey also made time to go to the Alameda County Fair. Check out her picture with the World’s Largest Hamburger! I can’t decide if that makes me hungry for a hamburger or never want to eat one again…

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Alumni Spotlight #19: Heather Scott, '07

Today’s “Alumni Spotlight” beams onto 2007 Communication Studies graduate Heather Scott. Heather has earned the distinction of being the first entrepreneur we have profiled on the blog! That’s right, Heather recently founded her own company, Purple Plant Smoothies. Let’s catch up with her!

COMS grad and Purple Plant Smoothie Company founder Heather Scott

Purple Plant Smoothies is a smoothie company that only uses 100% organic, local (when possible), fresh produce. They have five smoothie blends that change based on the season (since the produce they use is local). Their current smoothie flavors are: Dating Kale, Minty Fresh, Bittersweet Berry, Beets Me, and Nutty Honey. How great are those names?! Purple Plant Smoothies is starting out as a smoothie cart at the Civic Center Farmer’s Market on Wednesdays and Sundays, and the plan is to expand from there.

I asked Heather if and how her Communication Studies degree has helped her start her own business (you knew this question was coming!). According to Heather, “My COMS degree helped provide me with a number of skill sets that have helped me start my business.” She said that the Research Methods course she took “taught me how to think about results and research in a way that could be measured and applied. This was very important during my market research phase.”  Also, “the Communications Law class I took has been helpful in helping me to make sure I have the correct copyright protection for my smoothie cart and branding.” (Heather is referring to our current Public Relations Law and Ethics course. I know from my personal conversations with Professor Vannice that he covers copyright law in this class. Our conversation resulted in a frantic phone call by me to the Athletics Department to make sure it was okay for me to use their pictures on the blog. It was. Phew.).

After graduation and before starting her own company, Heather became a National Academy of Sports Medicine Certified Personal Trainer.

Since Heather is the first business founder to be featured on the blog I asked her to tell us what it was like to start her own business. “Starting a business is very, very challenging and also very exciting. To start a business, one must be extremely comfortable with change and uncertainty. At the same time, it’s important to be open-minded and willing to learn from anyone and everyone. Also, it’s necessary to have a solid support system and a great network of people who value the same things. Mostly importantly, as hard as it gets, you can’t give up!”

You can learn more about Heather and Purple Plant Smoothies on her website: http://www.purpleplantsmoothies.com/ or facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/purpleplantsmoothies. You can also follow her on twitter @ppsmoothies.

Congratulations, Heather, and best wishes for great success with your company! I could sure go for a smoothie right about now… anyone else? Hopefully you will see some COMS majors and alums at your smoothie stand soon! Remember you can find Heather at the Civic Center Farmer’s Market… YUM.

I am always on the lookout for alums to feature on the blog. Contact me at edoohan@usfca.edu and let me know what you are up to!

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Internship Ideas: Madison at "Sony Records" and "Graham & Assoc"

Communication Studies major Madison Bristol has been busy this summer interning at not one, but two places! Check out her experiences and advice…

Q: Where are you interning and what do they do?

Madison: “This summer I am an interning for Sony Records and a PR company called Graham & Associates located in Union Square.”

Q: How did you find your internship?

Madison: “I got very lucky with both of these internships and found them both on the USF Career Services websites.”

Q: Why did you decide to intern there?

Madison: “As far as the PR internship I wanted to learn more about the industry and if it is something I want to have a career in, in the future. For Sony it was easy: music is my passion and I have always wanted to work in the music industry, this internship has proven to be an amazing insight to what the music business is like and has only made my desire to be involved in music greater.”

Q: What do you do on a regular basis at your internship?

Madison: “At Graham & Associates my responsibilities included general administrative tasks around the office: front desk management, an information source to clients. However, I have a larger role of working on client projects, assisting in writing press releases and overall gaining knowledge about the industry.

Since Sony is based in New York, I have been responsible for completing my duties from my home. Every two weeks I am assigned three independent labeled bands and given posters and other promotion tools. I distribute and post posters all over San Francisco and promote the band and also do a social media campaign. At the end of the two weeks I compile my work and submit it to Sony. This summer I have gotten to work with so many AMAZING bands.

Q: What have you learned from your internship?

Madison: “Both internships have taught me a lot about the PR and music industries, which I was lacking in knowledge in before.”

Q: What advice do you have for other students looking for an internship?

Madison: “The hardest part is finding an internship (I got lucky) but in general I would recommend first looking on the USF website and apply to multiple internships, so you have more options and a higher chance of being hired.”

Double intern Madison

I hope you are seeing a pattern in how many of our students and alums recommend the Career Services Center. If you are looking for an internship this fall, be sure to check them out! Also check our department facebook page, as we have had several alums post internship announcements there (http://www.facebook.com/USFDONSCOMS), and our high-tech “Internship Binder” in KA 313, the main Communication Studies office. You’ll be an intern in no time!

Thanks Madison! Your internships sound great!

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Alumni Spotlight #18: Christina Kang, '10

Today’s “Alumni Spotlight” shines onto 2010 Communication Studies graduate Christina Kang. Christina is a Media Relations Associate for the company “Raging Artists,” a creative marketing firm in Los Angeles (http://ragingartists.com/). Let’s catch up with her!

'10 graduate Christina Kang

Christina handles media relations and PR for Raging Aritsts, and also does PR for Raging Artists clients, mostly production and post production companies. Her clients include Bandito Brothers and Union Editorial (the editing company that was responsible for the Volkswagen Darth Vader commercial… what a great commercial!). She maintains relationships with trades, journalists, and other media outlets in order to get maximum exposure for their clients and their works.

I asked Christina to tell us about her job and what she enjoys about it. “Our office is dog-friendly so I bring my dog into the office sometimes! Also we try to do fun stuff out of the office. We had an ‘assignment’ to go see Transformers. But we made something productive out of it! We reviewed it and made a cool video and posted it on YouTube. The video was made by Raging Artists and it’s just for Raging Artists. (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ivTgVPaLnNk)   We also have ice cream in our freezer, so during a hot summer or even a winter day we are all free to go for some ice cream!”

A dog-friendly office means that Piper can go to work with Christina!

Christina recently went on a business trip… to Cannes! Yes, you read that right. The South of France site of the famous movie festival! “Since we have a lot of clients in advertising, my boss and I went to Cannes, France for the Cannes Lions International Advertising Festival. This was great because I have only been working with the company since January and six months later, I’m in Cannes! It’s not a bad place to go for ‘work!'” I’ll say!

Christina in the brown dress on the steps of the Palais

I also asked Christina if and how her Communication Studies degree helps her in her current position: “My COMS degree and my PR minor helped me a lot! I write and edit press releases for most of my day. I also do a lot of face-to-face meetings and I actually use my nonverbal comm knowledge a lot!”

What advice does Christina have? “Keep interning, the more experience the better. And try to go out of the box. When I first joined I didn’t know anything about production and post production. My bosses helped me out and I learned quickly on my feet!”

Thanks, Christina! Your job sounds great! Congratulations!

USF COMS alums, be cool like Christina and contact me at edoohan@usfca.edu to share your update.

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The Expert Files: Job Search and Interview Advice from Alum Matt M.

Many things make me smile, one in particular is thinking of a new category of post for the blog! This one came to me after I contacted an alum (soon-to-appear-on-the-blog-alum-Kelly Tenn) about writing a post for the blog. She asked about sharing some advice, and that simple question led to (drum roll please) the new category that I am debuting today: The Expert Files! (Sound of wild clapping. Do you hear it?).

The Expert Files will include experts (thus the name) from different areas sharing advice based on their experiences. First up, recent alum Matt MacLean, who is sharing job search and interview advice based on his success!

Expert job searcher and interviewee Matt MacLean!

Matt currently works as an Associate Account Manager at Acxiom where he is responsible for digital content. Here is Matt’s list of things you should do to get an edge in the job search and interview process:

  • “Internships!!! They help in every way. An internship puts you at an advantage in a company since (especially if you are a senior) a company looks at internships as a trial employment (at least at Acxiom).
  • Learn Microsoft Office (SO IMPORTANT)
  • Networking: connect with as many alums and professionals as possible. Show interest and desire to learn and grow.
  • Put your resume on Monster, Career builder and DEFINITELY the Career Services Center at USF (that is how I was found for the job!).
  • Don’t be afraid of recruiters. Take their advice and go to as many interviews as possible! Interviewing was great practice for me and I was later placed by a recruiter.
  • In the interview: keep your hands away from your face and sit up straight. Be prepared for any question and know how to apply anything you have done to the company you are looking at.  Don’t be afraid to say, ‘I don’t know’ if you don’t know.
  • Express a desire to learn.
  • Dress well, even if the environment is casual.
  • Be early to your interview!
  • Bring 5 copies of your resume.
  • After the interview, send an email and say thank you for the interviewer’s time. This made a good impression and I got feedback that they liked that about me and that they hadn’t received that from other candidates. It helps you stand out.
  • Don’t get discouraged, if you don’t get the job use the interview as practice.
  • Be professional on your FB and social media outlets because employers check that. I had to unblock mine so they could learn more about me.
  • Stay in touch with your advisor and add university communication to your email and social media sites!!!!”

Where to begin… Matt shared so much great advice! Use the Career Services Center, both while you are here and soon after you graduate. They are experts and here to help you find internships and gainful employment! He shared excellent advice about the interview process, advice that I have heard from many successful alums. Oh, and, as Matt’s former advisor and keeper of the COMS social media, I, of course, love his last piece of advice the best.

Thanks, Matt!

Question: Do you have some expert advice to share? Or, are you in need of expert advice in a certain area? Or, do you just love the newest blog category?  Contact me at edoohan@usfca.edu.

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94 Days of Summer, Day 72: Tess's Family Recipes

Don’t be confused. “Speaking of…” has not changed into a food blog! Well, maybe just for this week, because food is on the mind of our Communication Studies guest bloggers! In this entry senior Tess Parsons shares some old family recipes. Yum!

“Hello again Communication Studies students.  My last blog for y’all was a quick overview of a future career.  And after reading some of the other blogs I am realizing just how much work all of us Communication students are doing this summer.  With these busy schedules and long internship hours, one’s got to eat, right?

Of course! So as a middle of the road blog entry I wanted to share with all of you some delicious, easy, and inexpensive meals that will satisfy any working person and impress any house guests.

Now, I couldn’t just share any old, random recipes I found online.  So instead I am posting up two recipes: one from my grandmother Patricia and the other one from my grandmother Patricia.  Did I just make a typo? Nope, you read it right.  Both of my grandmothers are named Patricia and both of them are fantastic cooks.  So, the first recipe is for the simplest, most juicy Roasted Chicken and the second recipe is for a delicious, budget friendly Breakfast Egg and Cheese Soufflé.

Grandma Patty’s Oven Roasted Chicken

Ingredients:

  • 1 whole roasting chicken (Trader Joe’s has a great free range chicken for around 11 bucks)
  • 1 whole lemon
  • 1 sprig of rosemary (sometimes when I am in a rush and don’t have this I leave it out, no big deal)
  • 1 yellow onion
  • 2 cloves of garlic
  • 1 stick of butter
  • 1 can of condensed cream of chicken or cream of mushroom soup
  • Salt

Directions:

Preheat oven to 400°.

-First, take the chicken out of the package and make sure to remove anything you may find inside the chicken cavity (gross, but sometimes they do leave the gizzards inside).  Once you have rinsed out the chicken and the cavity, dry the chicken thoroughly.

-Second, slice the entire onion and lay the slices in one layer on the bottom of a roasting pan (or any sheet that has fairly tall sides).  Place the chicken on top of the onions so that the onions are covered.  Use a fork to puncture some holes into the lemon and place the lemon inside the cavity of the chicken.

-Lastly, place the sliced garlic cloves and rosemary under the skin and salt the chicken thoroughly.  Melt the stick of butter in the microwave or a pan and pour ¼ of the butter over the chicken before placing it in the oven.  Bake the chicken for 1 ½ hours, pouring more butter over the chicken ever 30 minutes.

-Finally, remove the golden, juicy chicken from the oven.  Remove the chicken from the pan, but leave all browned onions and juices in the pan.  Add the can of soup to the pan and heat on the stovetop until the soup and juices make a delicious, hot gravy.  Serve with mashed potatoes, biscuits and veggies, or on its own.

Yummy roast chicken!

Grandma Yaya’s Cheese and Egg Soufflé

Ingredients:

  • 6 eggs
  • 1 cup non-fat milk
  • ½ lb. Jack cheese (cubed)
  • 1 small non-fat cream cheese (cubed)
  • 1 small non-fat cottage cheese
  • ½ cup flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/8 pound butter (cubed)
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Directions:

-Beat eggs and milk in the blender.  Mix flour and baking powder and add to the blender.  Pour the blended mixture into a bowl and add the rest of the ingredients.  Bake for 350° for 1 hour.

-Enjoy with salsa or breakfast hash.”

Thanks, Tess! And you can tell these recipes come from a future dentist… no triple gooey caramel marshmellow tooth decaying desserts here!

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94 Days of Summer, Day 69: Kelly's Day at the OC Fair

We’re continuing our week of “94 Days of Summer” blogs by featuring recent grad Kelly Sander’s. Here we go…

“To describe myself succinctly, I am a recent USF graduate with a degree in Communication Studies, with minors in Public Relations and Legal Studies. I am living in the Los Angeles area, searching for full time employment in some sort of PR/marketing capacity, while doing some online marketing for my brother’s business (http://www.silverleafcs.com/) and some of his friends’ small businesses.

In lieu of any real, exciting updates, I bring you a pictorial review of a day at the Orange County Fair! The OC Fair, whose tagline this year is, fittingly, ‘Let’s Eat!’ is a pretty fun place to spend a day. There are farm animals, crazy rides, good people watching, mildly amusing entertainment options (some professional, and some not so much), and, as the tagline would imply, lots and lots and lots of food. So, in the wise words of Peter Pan, ‘Come on everybody! Here we go!’

My boyfriend, Glen, gestures lovingly toward the Pork Chop on a Stick stand. The OC Fair has virtually every kind of food on a stick you might want, including pizza on a stick (how that works, I’m not really sure).

My friend, Dayna, shows off another food on a stick – a giant corndog! We were surprised by their price ($10!) until we saw someone carry one away… it’s like three regular corndogs put together.

Just for the record, I didn’t purchase anything from this stand. But, in case you were wondering where you could find deep fried butter and chocolate covered corn dogs, the OC Fair is the place to get them!

The fair also hosts an “Ice Museum,” which featured some pretty cool ice sculptures. This one is an underwater scene with a giant shark.

A pig! I don’t really know how else to further explain this picture.

One of the many thrill rides that are a little above my terror threshold – but I bet the view from up there was amazing!

This ride is basically a giant crane where the seats rotate 180 degrees while the arm spins in a circle. It looked horrifying – you could hear the screams in the parking lot!

After my friends and I watched some baton twirling (which I didn’t realize people still performed), we stumbled upon a cowboy hat stand. See the next picture for our final purchases…

Kileigh, Dayna and I getting into the cowboy spirit by hanging out with a cow – because that’s how we roll.

A Bavarian cream funnel cake. You can’t go to a county fair without having a funnel cake!

After spending seven hours at the OC Fair, Glen and I were tired and decided to call it a day.

If you’re in the Los Angeles or Orange County area, I definitely recommend taking a trip to the fair. It’s great fun, and because they have a severe lack of seating, you actually walk a ton and work off many of those calories you consume eating delicious, greasy food. Plus, they have a cool amphitheatre with some really good acts playing nightly, and some fun, kitschy exhibits and smaller shows. And if you miss the OC Fair, the Los Angeles County Fair isn’t far off, because it’s not summer without a fair!”

Thanks, Kelly! Looks like a great day!

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94 Days of Summer, Day 65: An's Mild Birthday Week

Happy belated birthday to COMS major and guest blogger An Mai!

“July 16—July 24, 2011: An’s ‘Mild’ Birthday Week

My birthday fell on a Tuesday this year. Since Tuesdays aren’t exactly convenient for celebration, I planned my festivities for the weekends before and after. Before you get too excited, let me share with you a snippet of a conversation I had with a friend back in high school, just so you can get a sense of who I am:

Fiona: An Mai! You should throw a wild party for graduation!

An: Um, I’m me.

Fiona: Then…throw a mild party!

That pretty much sums me up. I’m mild. (You can take a guess at what kind of salsa I have in the fridge.)  I don’t do parties. Crowds already make me uncomfortable; I can’t even imagine how I’d feel in an uninhibited crowd. So, my 21st birthday week didn’t include a wild trip to Vegas or drinking copious amounts of moonshine. My 21st birthday week involved Harry Potter, baked goods, and musical theater. It was perfectly suited for me and I got to have some pretty terrific moments with my family and friends seeing and doing things that I love. Here’s what happened:

Saturday, July 16, 2011: ‘It All Ends’…Childhood Included

When the trailer for the final Harry Potter movie was released a few months ago, I jokingly said that the release of Deathly Hallows Part 2 was going to mark the end of my childhood. It got a few laughs, but it actually felt true. Half my life now I’ve been immersed and fascinated by this world that JK Rowling created. Here’s a nerdy little timeline for you:

  • 1999: I read Sorcerer’s Stone, Chamber of Secrets, and Prisoner of Azkaban; Age 9
  • 2000: I read Goblet of Fire; Age 10
  • 2001: The first movie is released; Age 11
  • 2002: The second movie is released; Age 12
  • 2003: I read Order of the Phoenix; Age 12
  • 2004: The third movie is released; Age 14
  • 2005: I read Half-Blood Prince; Age 14
  • 2005: The fourth movie is released; Age 15
  • 2007: The fifth movie is released; Age 16
  • 2007: I read Deathly Hallows; Age 17
  • 2009: The sixth movie is released; Age 18
  • 2010: The seventh movie is released; Age 20
  • 2011: The eighth movie is released 4 days before my 21st birthday

Almost every year for 12 years there was something to look forward to. I’ve had a few birthdays coincide with Harry Potter release dates before, but this last one was bittersweet. Before, I always knew that there was going to be another one in the works and it would just be a matter of time before it was time for me to get excited again. This time it was different. It wasn’t just that I was going to be legally regarded as an adult in the eyes of the government. With the end of the series, I was leaving behind this epic saga that taught me how to use my imagination and to see the value in friendship, loyalty, courage, and love.

I saw the movie the day after it premiered with one of my best friends at a really underrated theater in San Jose called Winchester 22. The floors are wooden, the screen is huge, and there was no crazy wait to get into the 7:00pm showing. I cried about 3 times, kind of fell in love with Neville Longbottom (I can’t help it; he’s got an English accent and he helps defeat evil while wearing a super cute cardigan!), laughed at the jokes, cheered for the victors, was sad to see it end, but satisfied with the way it did. I think I can say the same for my childhood: I’m sad to see it end but satisfied with the way it did. For that I feel lucky.

The object of An's affections... Neville Longbottom

Sunday, July 17, 2011

My little cousins came over to give me a birthday present.

Birthday loot!

Tuesday, July 19, 2011: Happy birthday, me!!

Saturday, July 23, 2011: Mai Mission: Bake Crawl (It’s like a pub crawl, but with bakeries)

Yes, you read that right. Bake Crawl. After doing some research on Yelp, it looked like the best bakeries in San Francisco are located in the Mission (Do you get the double pun in the title? I hope so because I was really proud of it.) I picked out 4 places, invited some friends, and checked with them about their tolerance for desserts. Here’s a link to the map I created: http://batchgeo.com/map/a1​c6bf8107b4d09ada0a8b79d957​2a2a

Since there were 5 of us, it was decided that it would be best for us to get one or two things at each place and share. That way, none of us would be breaking the bank or going home in a sugar coma. Our first destination was Mission Pie. We decided to split a small strawberry rhubarb pie and a slice of bacon cheese quiche (there ought to be at least one savory thing). The pie was delicious. They forgot our quiche, but once we reminded them, they offered us a free slice of anything to go along with the quiche. We went with mixed berry. It was a good decision.

YUM!

YUM-ME!

We finished our pie and headed out to the next stop: Anthony’s Cookies. The flavors they have vary day to day, so here’s what we got:

  • -1 toffee chip
  • -1 classic chocolate chip
  • -1 cookies and cream
  • -1 cinnamon spice
  • -2 German chocolate

6 cookies, 5 flavors, 5 very satisfied girls.

I'm hungry...

Next on the list was Tartine Bakery. We were hoping we might avoid the crowd because it was around 2pm by then, but no such luck; the line went out the door. We got in the queue (can you tell I’m still thinking about Harry Potter?), grabbed a menu, and tried to decide on what to get. We wanted to get something a little lighter after the sweetness of the cookies, so we agreed that the small lemon cream tart would be best. However, after getting to the dessert window, I impulsively added a chocolate éclair to our order. We took them over to Dolores Park and sat on the Twister mat I brought. We ate, hung out, people-watched, and waited for the food to settle before going to the last stop.

Seriously, it's 3:30 in the afternoon and I'm hungry...

...and uploading these pictures from An is torture!

Our final stop of the day was Bi-Rite Creamery. No, ice cream’s not a baked good, but so what? Sue me. The line for Bi-Rite was even longer than the one at Tartine’s! The wait was definitely worth it though as we each enjoyed our ice cream. My friend and I decided to share a cup with chocolate ice cream and cherry raspberry sorbet and split a mint chocolate cupcake. All in all, it was a fantastic day filled with good food and good friends. I wouldn’t hesitate to do it again—there are still so many desserts out there to try!

Last destination on the Bakery Crawl

This looks way better than my pretzels.

Sunday, July 24, 2011: ‘I just want to dance the ballet!’

The Tony Award-winning musical Billy Elliot is in town! My friend and I had been looking forward to seeing it for awhile and were delighted when SHNSF added the show to the 2011 season. We were even more delighted when we saw that rush tickets were available for every performance! For those of you who don’t know what rush tickets are, they’re a number of tickets that the theater will sell 2 hours before a performance at a discounted price. Usually they’re for pretty good seats too. We were aiming for the 2pm matinee, so I got to the theater around 11:45 to line up. There was already quite a few people ahead of me, but luckily I got the rush tickets! As a result, we got to sit in the orchestra for $40 each. Not bad, considering the people in front of us probably paid $99 for their seats. Rush tickets: wallet saviors to theater-loving college students everywhere.

The show was amazing! If you’ve seen the movie, then you’ll know what the musical is about. Basically, a young boy from a working-class village in Northern England discovers his passion for dance at the height of Thatcherism in the 1980s. However, his coal-mining father and brother are on strike and much too proud to let Billy pursue his “middle-class” dreams. The actors are super talented (I’m jealous of their skills!), the dance sequences are awesome, and the music is by Elton John. What more could you ask for?

So, that was my ‘mild’ birthday week. Pass the chips, please!”

What a great birthday week, An! Thanks for sharing!