There are a lot of ways to develop your skills here that aren't necessarily academic — practical opportunities related to my future work and furthering my career.
"I've always been interested in film. Ever since I was little, I loved watching TV and movies. When I was about 8 years old, I became intrigued by cameras. My first camcorder was a little blue piece of plastic that I bought from Walmart for about $40. That interest stayed with me. I was involved with film in middle school and high school, and when I came to Bucknell, it just seemed natural to gravitate toward film.
"I took an introductory production class that's required for all film/media studies majors, and it was probably my favorite course. When most people think about film, they think you just need to know how to write and analyze movies. This class demonstrated that there is another very technical, visual side to film. It doesn't need that aspect of ‘story.' It's allowed me to test myself on this technical side and realize what kinds of film I liked making. My professors are very enthusiastic about film/media studies, which has made me more passionate about the subject. These instructors, along with my Posse mentor, Professor Ben Vollmayr-Lee, have had a huge impact on me.
"There are a lot of ways to develop your skills here that aren't necessarily academic. Outside of my classes, I've done video work for the Campus Activities & Programs Center, the Division of Communications and the library's digital editing lab. These are practical opportunities related to my future work and furthering my career.
"One of the things I appreciate most about Bucknell is the opportunity I've had to live in Seventh Street House, an affinity house for students interested in Africana studies and the black diaspora. My housemates are all inspiring, motivated people, and living with them has been one of my most powerful experiences at Bucknell. I am very grateful to the University for creating that community."
Justin is from Brooklyn, N.Y.
Posted November 2017