As a student, what happens when the department you’re in begins to crumble around you? This is the question that’s been on my mind the past month. For any of you fellow media study majors, I’m sure by now you’re well aware of the new chairperson that’s been appointed to the Department of Media Study here at UB.
This change of “mis-en-scene” if you will, has truly exposed our film and video department for what it is; a dis-organized, disjointed and overlooked piece of the UB puzzle.
In order to substantiate this, let me share with you a bit of my troubles with the department thus far in the department. Freshman year introduced me to college, and to media study, by way of having my first class on monday taught by a stuttering, scared graduate student who I’m sure barely passed her speak test. Sophomore year was littered with sleepless nights spent doing work set to be done by others in a group project. Finally, Junior year had me dumbstruck and scrambling after a lost department application made it near impossible to register, much less maintain full-time status.
What I’m getting at here is an inquiry, not an inquisition. Film is my dream and the reason I came to Buffalo. However, those that sit atop the ivory tower and overlook Ellicott creek seem to have other ideas. If you ask me, they have NO ideas.
If anyone else has experienced similar troubles, don’t let anyone stifle you. Speak up!