Departments and clubs come together in unique ways and, in the case of Adventure Film, ways that will allow you to go out on adventure trips for the lab portion of the class! Thank you, Media Studies and Wilderness Program!
Last week, I went sea-kayaking. This past Friday, I went mountain biking. As Professor Hyde said, "You grew up in Truckee and haven't gone mountain-biking?!" A) I only half grew-up in Tahoe, but more importantly B) I was always more about skiing and gymnastics. This Friday was the first time I'd been really mountain-biking and it was so much fun.
|It was a gorgeous day in VT!|
The goal of these labs is to educate the class on different outdoor activities and encourage our creativity when it comes to adventure film. If there is one thing I know, it is extremely hard to photograph and video an activity you don't fully understand. (You should have seen me photographing Field Hockey this past weekend for Defender. It was tough figuring out what the "peak moments" were.) Essentially, it's 3 hours of riding and then stopping and chatting about camera angles, unique attributes and challenges of the environment you'd be filming in, and getting over fears or discomforts. The other great part? Quality time with your professors. How many other schools are there where you go mountain biking with the professor teaching your senior seminar? (Tips for first-years: Always refer to your professors as "Professor (insert last name here)." In the case of the MJD department, you'll probably be on a first name basis with your professors by sophomore year. I still can't bring myself to call my advisor, David, but maybe I'll get there someday.) Not only did Professor Hyde lead the trip, but Professor Sultze accompanied us, playing "sweeper" in the event that anyone crashed and needed to be picked up.
|That's Dominique and Michelle up top and |
Professor Sultze riding on the bump track below.
The day ended with a rousing conversation about how I thought Hyde and Sultze were the two most intimidating professors in the departments when I started at St. Mike's. What I found out is that all the intimidating stories I'd heard from the upperclassmen were untrue. I'm not saying their classes aren't challenging. They will definitely push you. However, the professors are always available to help students and offer assistance. In fact, I'm meeting with Hyde tomorrow morning (along with Liz, my senior sem partner and student-blogger) to chat about potential senior project topics.
|That's me! (Courtesy of Professor Hyde's helmet cam)|
Keep your eyes peeled for my next post about my first SMC Defender lab!