Go See Some Art!

As most of you probably know, I have a thing for art. You might say art and I are going steady. I’ve moved in with art and we’re…we’ve had a child.

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Isn’t she beautiful? Look, we even gave her a name!

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This little jewel is located in the back room of the Art Space on Main, in downtown Turlock. I’ve written about the downtown space before, and I’m sure some of you have stepped into this world of art before. If you haven’t, here’s a little run down. The Art Space on Main is a space for art. It’s the main space for art on Main! Typically the Art Space on Main shows student, alumni, or faculty art work. Right now the space is showing a student show in the back, called Thirteen. Thirteen artists created installation pieces for the show, and these pieces are being exhibited through December.

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The reception already passed, but you can still come see the art! Do it. Come see the art. I will it! 

Fellow artist and friend Keira Henderson collaborated with me on this project, and I think it turned out amazingly. The top part of the installation is a record player that’s been fashioned into a zoetrope, an old school animation device. The records around the pedestal are topped with painted miniatures in various scenes that represent snapshots of a person’s life.

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I’m very proud of the work, and I think the other pieces in the show are equally as amazing. If you want to get your art on, this is the time to do it. Do it for me, as a Christmas gift.

ART SPACE ON MAIN

135 W Main St

Turlock, California
Art Space, managed by University Art Gallery Director Dean DeCocker, is open to the public from noon to 5 p.m. Monday through Wednesday and from noon to 9 p.m. Thursday through Saturday.

 

Project Giving Tree

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The image above erroneously states that the event ended on Dec. 5th, when it has actually been extended to Dec. 17th.

 

I don’t know how many of you pass through the hall in the University Student Union. Perhaps you’ve been on your way to the computer lab or just passing through on your way to the Event Center and the world beyond. At any rate, there is currently a gorgeous Christmas tree set up near the Warrior Activity Center, adorned with cards and candy canes that are part of Project Giving Tree. As the sign suggests, this project is a way for CSU Stanislaus students to give to children in the Turlock area! Every card lists a child’s gender, age, and something some their wish list. These requests range from age appropriate toys to sweaters and other warm clothing items.

I decided to throw my hat into the ring this year and choose a card. I chose to give to a nine-year-old boy who is asking for pandas, which is kind of the most adorable thing in all the universe.

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I encourage everyone to visit this tree and see if there’s a way they can help out! Everyone who helps gets to decorate a small paper tree and put it on the Warriors Giving Back Wall, though the feeling of gift giving was enough to encourage me to participate! The image above erroneously states that the event ended on Dec. 5th, when it has actually been extended to Dec. 17th. There are still cards on the tree, so please stop by and take a look!

 

 

 

An Interview With Apple

Recently I was referred by a friend of mine to a manager at Apple, and was able to score a spot at their group hiring event. This was a big deal for me, because I’ve applied to the store before and never heard back. This makes sense, though, because the Vintage Faire location gets hundreds of applicants whenever they have open positions. I quickly noticed after some expert Googling that there is a lot of writing and video-making out there about Apple’s hiring process. It’s almost become an industry just to blog about these hiring events and the subsequent interviews. I’m going to join this legion of internet writers and give you a run down of what the experience was like! This is for people who are either interested in how a group interview might go, or just anyone who’s interested in Apple!

Step 1: I got a special secret not so secret special email. This email invited me to an event in Salida at 8:00 am. I accepted my invite online and prepped for the morning!

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Step 2: At the event I was greeted by two Apple employees who were very nice, and handsomely bearded. I was given a short one page questionnaire to fill out, which was basic application information. Name, Contact Info, Availability, Blood Type, Dexterity score in Dungeons and Dragons, Favorite family owned restaurant, etc. (It was everything but those last three.)

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Step 3: We were brought into a room full of chairs in front of a screen, and were applauded by about fifteen red-shirted Apple employees. I took a bow, though I wasn’t sure what I was bowing for. I did dress pretty nicely.

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Step 4: First we were introduced to all of the Apple employees who were there, and then we were paired off and told to come up to the front and introduce our partner with their name, where they’re from, and a secret talent. My secret talent was pogo sticking, while my partner’s was movie trivia. I asked him who the killer in the first Friday the 13th movie was. Classic.

Step 5: Next we were shown a few short video detailing different parts of Apple: The store, the employees, and the customer service. These videos were pretty standard and looked like Apple ads, but that was fine with me because I love that style. The videos really showed you how much of a family the employees are, which was good to see.

Step 6: Now were were briefly walked through the different roles in the Apple Store, and were able to ask questions about each stage in a Q&A.

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Step 7: Next we were split into five groups, each with an Apple employee and an iPad. The iPad was passed around in a game called Pass and Play, where we were each asked general interview questions we had to answer in front of the group. After this the iPad was passed around with a customer scenario, and each of us had to role play being a customer and then a Specialist. I sold an imaginary iPad to an imaginary old man!

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Step 8: This last bit was another quick Q&A, and this was where people were allowed to ask anything. The event lasted two hours, and was really a lot of fun! I relaxed a lot after I saw how energetic and fun all of the employees are.

I was called back two hours later for a second interview, and from what I’ve heard there are three or four interviews before you’re offered the position. I’m cautiously optimistic, but really I’m just excited to have had the opportunity to attend the group event in the first place. I’ll keep everyone updated on how I do at my next interview!

 

 

Staying Warm Around Campus

It’s true, Jack Frost has not yet arrived in Turlock. We’re still having close to seventy degree days, and I don’t expect we’re going to be building animated talking snowmen any time soon. If you have an early morning class like I do, though, you’ve walked through Chillytown, USA. Now my first advice for dealing with this kind of situation is obvious. Bundle up!

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Do make sure these layers are bits of clothing you can shed throughout the day, though, because the sun will creep up on you and turn your lovely coat into a personal desert wasteland. Past bundling up, here are some places on campus you can swing by if you need to warm up a bit!

The Game Room- Yeah, I’m a bit partial. I spend a lot of time here, though, so I know how warm it is!

The Campus Volcano-

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I’m not sure if this one actually exists, but I hear rumors this is out somewhere behind the track.

Student Fitness Center- Exercise is a good way to stay warm! You can hop on a treadmill and watch as the cold outside freezes everyone who wasn’t as smart as you!

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The Carol Burke Student Lounge- Admittedly I don’t spend a lot of time here, but I have had some work meeting here, and the seating is top notch! You can bundle up in a comfy chair and watch Friends reruns to your heart’s content.

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Just look at that hair! There may not actually be a Heatmiser in DBH, but the third floor does have some comfy places to take a nap if you need a pit stop between classes.

The Library- Hang out away from the cold while you read about Jewish mysticism and its effects on the science and technology of developing Africa through the lens of communism! Or something.

I’m sure you all know about some of these places, and maybe you know some secret hideouts you’d like to share! Unless they’re really, really secret. Like that volcano.

 

 

The holiday season is upon us!

The holidays have rolled in over the mountains, and their pine-and-cinnamon scented tidings are filling my heart with joy!

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I’ve always been pretty specific about my holiday season. After Halloween it’s a weird harvest-themed period leading into Thanksgiving, then the day after Thanksgiving starts off the Christmas season. I love this Christmas season so much that it actually pains me to hear Christmas music or see Christmas-themed items or entertainment before the season officially starts for me. Those things just make me yearn for the holidays when they aren’t yet here! This year I’m making a declaration to myself, though. The rest of the world seems to think the Christmas season starts right after Halloween, and I’ve always been kind of a Grinch about this.

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This year I’ve changed my mind, though. This year I’m going to let the holidays in early, and enjoy this whole season as much as possible! I love the Christmas season, so I don’t know why I’ve been such a Scrooge about November being a part of it. My holiday prepping has officially begun, and I’m pretty darn holly jolly about it.

1. Christmas lights! Admittedly I always have a set of Christmas lights up in my bedroom, but now I have them on even more often. It helps me feel that Christmas spirit, and it’s great for avoiding stubbed toes at night.

2. Scents. This is important Christmas science, people. The house needs to smell like the holidays. If you can get a real tree or bake a pie, this is authentic and the Christmas spirit is strong with you. If you can get some scented candles as the next best thing, though, that totally works!

3. The list. I’ve already started putting a list together of the people I want to get gifts for. These are the elite people. They are the top tier! They deserve more than a box of Christmas meats.

These are just some of the preparations I’ve made in anticipation of the holidays. What holidays do you celebrate, and how do you prepare? Let me know in the comments!

 

The End Is Nigh!

This is it, kids. This is the last lap. This is the last big hurrah. This is the green mile. No, scratch that, not the green mile. I’ve seen that movie, and this happens:

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What I’m trying to say is, I’m entering my last year of college here at CSU Stanislaus! That exclamation can be taken either as one of excitement or as a terrified scream. I’m feeling a little bit of both sides at the moment. On the one hand, I’m excited to be moving into such an important and adult stage of my life. Ever since I watched Boy Meets World as a youngster I’ve wanted to go to college. I don’t actually remember if Cory graduated from college, but apparently he’s a middle school teacher in Girl Meets World, so good for him!

Either way, I’ve always wanted to make it to college. That was always the goal! Teachers and other mentors always push you toward college when you’re a youth, but they never really tell you what happens afterward. It’s always college=happily ever after, and this is where things get a bit scary. I know what I want to do with my life, I want to be an artist. I want to be a comic book artist, specifically, so I’ve been doing a lot of research into how to get into the business, which is not easy! I also want to go to grad school, which involves a lot of applications, stress, and eventually moving if I get accepted. My income is tied to the school, so I will also have to start looking for new work soon enough.

So yes, part of me feels like this:

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While another part of me feels like this:

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This next year is about figuring everything out for this next stage in my life, though. Hey, if the artist thing doesn’t work out, I can always move to my fallback plan of Astronaut-Fireman-Scientist from childhood, right?! I think I’ll be just fine!

 

 

An Interview With Myself

Alright, I’m about to do something pretty crazy, so hold onto your butts. I’m about to…TRAVEL THROUGH TIME!

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Okay, that might have been a bit of an overstatement. Switch off the flux capacitor and park the TARDIS, because this time travel is going to be more like fan fiction. No, not that weird fan fiction you find in the dark corners of Tumblr. Those people have some true artistic talent, but I’ll have none of it! In this post I’m going to be writing to my college self at twenty-two, from the perspective of my high school self at eighteen. I’m going to break the space-time continuum and give my past self some advice! I know I would have had some questions about college, and I probably would have asked if they pulled off that Avengers movie in the end.

Yes, young one. Yes they did.

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-22 Year Old Anthony

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-18 Year Old Anthony

18yo Anthony: So, uh, yeah. First thing’s first. Did it work out with that girl? 

22yo Anthony: I know it sounds crazy, but no. Don’t worry, it’s not the end of the world. That’s in 2012. I’m a badass post-apocalyptic warrior with a katana!

18yo: Really?…

22yo: Pfft, no. Trust me, though, things will look up! Just sit down and figure out what you want out of a relationship. Write it out as a blog post if you have to. Trust me, that skill will come in handy later. After that, just keep doing your thing. Don’t worry too much about when you’ll find someone, because the best relationships come out of nowhere and will completely surprise you.

18yo: Well, now that the important stuff is out of the way…how’s college? Am I an art major, or do I change my mind? 

22yo: You’re an art major, and you love it. Some friends will tell you to go undeclared for a bit, but you should go with your gut. If you feel that undeclared is the right choice, go undeclared. If you’re really into being an art major, or a theater major, or a math major, go for it! College is a time to pursue the knowledge you feel is important to you, and experience as much as you can.

18yo: Math major, really? Have you seen my grades in Algebra 2? 

22yo: Yeah, that math major bit was more for the readers.

18yo: Readers? Do I end up becoming Tumblr famous? 

22yo: Unfortunately, no! You kind of try your hand at every social network there is. Right now you’re using Facebook, Twitter, and Snapchat. You have a job as a student blogger, though. And you work for the Game Room here on campus! It’s all pretty great, you really lucked out. Make sure you check out the job listings on the school website pretty often. Wear a tie to your interview, too. I know it’s uncomfortable, and you don’t know how to tie one. That’s what YouTube is for.

18yo: I’d ask what Snapchat is, but I feel like it’s something I’ll probably think is stupid. 

22yo: Yeah, you do for a while. Such a hipster.

18yo: Hipster? I’m just getting more confused the more we talk, so I’ll ask one more question and call it a day. I have rehearsals soon anyway. What’s the best bit of advice you can give me from the future? Oh, and does Grandpa make me cut my hair at some point?

22yo: Hmm…that’s a tough question. If I had to give one bit of advice, I’d say surround yourself with people who are good for you. Do some research and take classes with great professors. Make friends with people you think are talented and intelligent. All of these people will teach you a lot. That’s good, because you’ll be really confused a lot of the time and you’ll pretend you’re not. If people treat you poorly or make you feel uncomfortable, drop them. Trust me, you really don’t need them.

18yo: Wow…okay. What about the hair, though? 

22yo: You decide to cut it one week after looking back at some embarrassing senior year photos. Don’t freak out, things are much better this way.

 

 

10 Ways To Know You Did October Right

Guys, I’m going to level with you here. October is a great month. Out of our twelve months, I think October probably ranks right behind December and June for me. The rest of those months in between are inconsequential and should never be taken seriously. When I see the calendar flip to other months I just guffaw and call them “Diet December/October/June.” I’m looking straight at you, August. What are you even doing ?

In any case, I love October. The weather is (sort of) changing, the leaves are getting crunch-a-tized, and spookiness abounds! I’m a huge fan of horror movies, so Halloween is right up my alley. That alley is dark, full of cobwebs, and probably has a menacing slasher villain at the end of it. I’m no authority on the month of October or the Halloween holiday, but I totally am. Below I’ve listed the top ten ways you’ll know you’ve been doing October right. Keep track of your score as you go along, this will count toward your final grade in the class.

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1. You watched some Halloween-themed movies or horror flicks. Examples include, but are not limited to: Halloween, Hocus Pocus, Halloweentown, Sleepy Hollow, Frankenweenie, The Nightmare Before Christmas, The Exorcist, It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown, etc…

2. You went to a corn maze. Corn mazes are a staple of the month of October. When October was added to the Gregorian calendar it was thought, “I really hope people get lost in corn for approximately two hours.”

3. You decorated your abode with at least one Halloween or Harvest-esque decoration. I will accept spiders, webs, witches, ghosts, vampires, scarecrows, Frankenstein monsters, pumpkins, colored lights of the appropriate hues, and general ghoulish objects. Cornucopias are pushing it. It isn’t November just yet. I mean, Diet October and December.

4. You stepped on some leaves because they looked like they’d make a beautiful crunching sound. This one doesn’t take a lot of explaining, this is just fun on a primal level.

5. You carved a pumpkin. Maybe you carved/drew a crazy face on it, or maybe you carefully sliced out the entire BART route map, from Millbrae to Bay Point. Either way, you did good, kid.

6. You have some sort of costume to wear. It’s okay if you bought it, but you get an extra half point if you made it yourself. Y’know what, you get an extra point if you made it yourself. You go, Glen Coco. Sewing is hard!

7. You’re going to some sort of haunted house or spooky event. It can be the Winchester Mystery House, or some tarps and strobe light through up on a side yard. Either way, you’re going to get scared, and that’s awesome.

8. You’ve eaten an inhuman amount of candy. Do you have a stomach ache as you read this? Is it from one too many Kit Kats or Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups? Yeah…same here.

9. You’ve considered the possibility that you might still look young enough to go trick or treating. I mean, if I put on a mask and slouched I could make it work, right?

10. You’ve baked something delicious. Whether it’s pumpkin pie, pumpkin seeds, or ghost-shaped cookies, everyone should bake something as the weather turns gloomier! Just be careful, all those cobwebs you put up are probably pretty flammable.

 

Well, there you have it! Those are ten things you should have been doing this October. There are still a couple days left in the month, so if you’ve missed out on any of these it’s time to cram! I hope you all have a happy Halloween, and remember kids, always check your candy.

 

Preview Day!

 

 

 

Hey, bloggers and readers. How is everyone doing? I’ve been going, going, and going from the minute I wake up to the minute I pass out with an episode of House, M.D. on at the end of the night! I did take a couple hours to join Sara and Jon for Preview Day on Saturday, though. Preview Day, as I’m sure many of you know, is an opportunity for prospective students to come hear what different organizations and groups here at CSU Stanislaus do. I sat down with Jon, a big stack of fliers, a masterfully designed poster board, and a rather large bowl of candy, so we could tell people exactly what it is the student bloggers do! The sun was hot on our heads, and guests to our table were few and far between, but we did get a chance to tell a few interested future students exactly what we do: We write, and people read!

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Here we see some prospective students and their parents in a new habitat: a college campus!

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I caught Jon in mid-sentence here, so I hope he’s not mad about the picture! We did have some pretty good conversation, though!

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Here’s the masterful poster board mentioned above, courtesy of one Jon (who was sick at the time).

I had never been to a preview day before, and I had also never met Jon or Sara in person. They’re both great people, and I hope Jon’s feeling better! I hope to meet all of the student bloggers in time, you all seem awesome. I hope you’re all having a great semester, and I’ll see you back here next week!

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You see that, on the right side of the picture? That’s my name! I’m going to be a part of an installation show in the art gallery here on campus, along with thirteen other great artists! This installation is the midterm result of my New Genre Art class, a new class taught by Danielle Peters. The class has consisted of a lot, and I mean a lot, of plaster casting objects. This was followed by painting, painting, and more painting! We’ve all put a lot of work into the project, and we’re finally nearly to the finish line.

If you have an interest in art at all, or are just curious to see what a class like this puts out, you should come to the reception on October 23! There is an hour long performance part of the installation that will occur during the opening, you shouldn’t miss it!

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I look forward to seeing some of you at the show! Say hey if you see me!