Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Falling Into a Regular Routine

Hello all!

I'm back again for my second post ever! Last week I posted on Sunday night, but today I'm posting on Monday night instead because I was trying to get ahead on some math homework last night. However, in the future I'd like to post on Sunday nights as often as possible since that's a night when I'm sure I'll be home each week, and I can look back at my whole week in review and write a post about the highlights! That being said, let's move on to the week I've just had!

So, most of all this week was defined by the fact that I'm starting to fall into a routine. I have my schedule memorized now and am getting used to things like the weekly homework assignments, my walk to the subway each morning, and doing my laundry, grocery shopping, cooking, etc. Although there was something nice about the whirlwind quality of the first few weeks, it definitely feels good and comforting to be fitting into a regular routine now. It makes me feel much more at home, not only in the dorm, but just at Hunter in general.

On the other hand, there are definitely still interesting things happening in my life! For example, I went to Governor's Island on Saturday to see a play called "Trade Practices" for my Macaulay seminar. I had never been to Governor's Island before and was very excited to see what it was like! Unfortunately, the weather turned out to be rather chilly and wet and it poured rain for a good portion of the day, but it was still a good day overall. The island was lovely and very historic with gorgeous views of Manhattan and the Statue of Liberty. The play turned out to be extremely unique as it was a type of play called 'site-specific' theater, meaning it can only be performed in that particular location. This is because audience members had to walk from room to room during the course of the play, and the audience members had to actively decide which scenes to watch and which storyline to follow. It was very interactive, very unique, and very immersive. All in all, it was quite the experience! Later this week the director is coming in to speak to my seminar class and I can't wait to hear what she has to say.

The following day, Sunday, was another exciting day for me! On the second day of Macaulay orientation, I signed up for the PIED Filmmakers Collective, originally intending to be an actor. While I was placed in their permanent cast, they don't use all cast members for all films. Yesterday they filmed and produced their first film of the year and, not having been cast, I volunteered to be a production assistant for the shoot. I had never in my life been on a film set before, let alone worked in producing a movie! It was all very professional and very exciting! The job they assigned to me was to hold the sheets of storyboard and the book outlining which shots would be captured from which camera positions. Therefore, I ended up being responsible for keeping track of which shots had already been filmed, which camera angles we had to switch to next, and which actors we still needed to use and which could go home. It felt great to be trusted with so much responsibility and I think the directors were very impressed with how organized I was! All in all, it was an interesting new experience and I can't wait to get more involved!

And on that note, I should probably take my leave! I look forward to writing to you all again next week and hope everyone has a wonderful week! Take care and be well!

~ Adam Hobbins '18

Saturday, September 13, 2014

Any fool can know...

Hey, everyone!

Here's another Saturday post for you guys. I keep finding myself exhausted on Friday evenings with no energy to write anything. haha. And then I have somewhere to be on Saturday mornings until the middle of October so this post gets pushed to Saturday nights. But I'll try to stay with my regular Friday posts for next week since I know how eagerly you guys look forward to my weekly posts. haha.

Sometimes, I can't believe I have less than 2 semesters left writing for this blog. Yikes. I'm going to miss it.

But for now, you guys get to hear all about my adventures. :p

Like the one from yesterday! After my class was over, I headed over to the Brooklyn Bridge with a friend. I had been planning to go home early that day, but because it was such a beautiful day, I wanted to enjoy the sun for awhile. We ended up taking some gorgeous pictures, which is not hard to do when you have the Brooklyn Bridge as your background. :p

Me!
Photo courtesy of JLM.
Let's backtrack a bit. I had an amazing Tuesday night. And no, I didn't go to a party or meet the love of my life or stumble across the Holy Grail that night. I sat in my Gene Regulation class for 1 hour and 50 minutes and felt incredible because I was able to follow along with the journal article we were reading. And you might wonder, what's the big deal about that? Well, I had a semi crappy Monday evening and things slowly got better as Tuesday went on culminating with that bio class from 5:30 PM to 7:20 PM. But also because I had a whole lot of nerves surrounding this class because it's an advanced bio seminar. We have to read a good amount of journal articles, which aren't easy to read and which I don't usually enjoy reading unless I happen to like the topic. But I read this article, understood what was being said, and participated a lot in class that night. It just felt so good to know that this class is not something that would give me a lot of worry. Of course, it's still a hard class, but I just feel a lot better about everything. It's funny the kinds of things that can turn your day around.

Continuing with the great vibes of Tuesday night, I had an awesome Wednesday. I went to my last club fair as a Hunter student. The club fair is supposed to showcase all of the clubs so people can sign up for whatever they're interested in. It's held outside, and there's music and food. I went with a couple of friends and just passed through to see what was going on. I thought back to three years ago when I was a freshman at the club fair and how everything seemed so new and exciting. The newness has faded away, but I like to think that I still have some of that excitement.

Afterwards, we headed to Central Park and enjoyed some late summer sun. =)

Oh, I almost forgot! The blog is now called The MacBlog as opposed to just MacBlog. I noticed that I kept putting "the" there when I referred to it so I figured I would just incorporate it into the official name.

S.

The quotes from the last two posts have accidentally had to do with students and learning so I figure I'll continue with that theme for the rest of the semester.

Quote of the Week 

“Any fool can know. The point is to understand.” 

~ Albert Einstein

Monday, September 8, 2014

MY FIRST EVER MACBLOG POST!

Hello all!

My name is Adam, and I'm a freshman here at Macaulay Hunter! I just joined the MacBlog a few days ago, and this is my first ever post. Let me first say that I'm super excited to be writing for the blog because, when I was in your shoes as a prospective student, I loved reading the MacBlog and seeing what life here is like. It's like it's all come full circle, isn't it?

Anyway, let me start off by giving a bit of background about me. I am not from NYC! I was born and raised in the suburbs of Rochester, NY, and up until two weeks ago when I moved here, that was the only place I'd ever lived. For those of you who don't know, Rochester is a small city in Upstate New York. It's an hour east of Buffalo and the Canadian border, an hour east of Syracuse, and right on the shore of Lake Ontario. It's about a six and a half hour drive to get to NYC from there, so I've been displaced quite a bit! So, now that we all know where I'm from, let me just throw out some random facts: I love pumpkin pie (A LOT), I'm quite addicted to coffee and proud of it, I love to travel and have been to 10 countries, I'm very impatient and don't care who knows it, and finally, I always speak my mind and never hold back at anything.

So, on to the good stuff! I'm sure you're all eager to hear what life is like in the beginning of your first ever semester of college, right?! OKAY! Well then here we go!

I live in the Brookdale Residence Hall, which is where all Macaulay Hunter students usually live if they choose to take the dorm scholarship. All the rooms are singles and they're very spacious and comfortable. At first, I was nervous about having to share a bathroom with 20 other people and a kitchen with 40 other people, but as it turns out, I feel very comfortable living here and I like it a lot. Despite what people tell you, and despite how it may seem at first, the dorm is actually a pretty nice building, all things considered, and I have more space and privacy here than I do in my room back home, so that's awesome.

That covers the residential experience, but the even bigger part of it all is, of course, the academics. I'm taking 5 classes this semester, as I'm sure most of you will your first semester, and the main one I want to comment on is the Arts in NYC seminar that all Macaulay students take their first semester. I chose to talk about this one because it's the only one of my classes that I'm sure the rest of you will also take! Personally, I've been enjoying the seminar immensely. The assignments are interesting, and often involve engaging with the city. For example, I went to a photography exhibit at the Met this morning, and wrote a journal entry about it for homework. Later this semester we're going to a play on Governor's Island, an opera at Lincoln Center, and an orchestra at Carnegie Hall. All for free! Pardon my French, but that kicks serious ass.

Now on to my last point of discussion for my first post on the MacBlog! And that would be, of course, Macaulay itself! Hunter is an amazing school without Macaulay improving your experience. But with Macaulay, it's unbeatable. I have absolutely loved everything having to do with Macaulay. Even the orientations were pretty fun and interesting, and they're notorious for normally being the opposite! The best part about Macaulay is the community. Hunter is a huge school, but within it you get to know the other Macaulay students in your year very well and very quickly. This is nice because you end up spending a lot of time with them at events like the Macaulay Night at the Museum earlier this week. There are also a lot of extracurriculars that are available to you as a Macaulay student! For example, I've been here for two weeks and I've already joined this blog, the Macaulay Creative Writing Club, and auditioned for the Pied Filmmaker Club movies. Getting involved was super easy due to the activity fair at orientation.

Well, I should probably stop droning on since it is almost 1:30 AM! Hope you enjoyed this post, and you'll be hearing from me again within the next week. Keep it classy people.

~ Adam Hobbins
Class of 2018