Goin’ Clubbin’

by Jeremy Chance

Hey everyone!

I hope the past week since Valentines Day has treated you all well. It’s been a pretty busy week for me, not that that’s a surprise or anything.

I will say this, I don’t know about the rest of you, but the weeks seem to be flying by pretty quickly. Maybe it’s the fact that this is my last undergrad semester, so the weeks are sneaking past me.

Regardless, we’re six weeks into this semester, and I must say, the semester has just been okay.

Classes seem to be going pretty well so far, I’d say. My Intro to New Media class is probably my favorite. We get to do some blogging, Twittering, podcasting, and some other pretty cool stuff. Yes, there is a purpose to all of it; it’s not just to let us play with this stuff. Because the industry is changing in favor of technology and with a down economy, PR and mass communication specialists are being required to be able to do more, ie. shoot film, edit sound bytes, upload video, keep social media sites and blogs up to date. That’s what this class is designed to teach us to do. I enjoy it.

My social networking is probably one of my more interesting classes. Network theory and research is pretty interesting stuff, especially when other fields are using network theory to explain their own field. For example, biologists/scientists have used network theory to map out the genes that make up diseases. You start with a gene, and you link it to all of the diseases that contain that gene, and it keeps branching out and out. It’s pretty cool looking map. Network theory seems to be applicable in lots of areas, so it’s cool to learn a little more about it myself.

Then I have my wine appreciation and music theory classes. Wine appreciation is awesome because I get to sample a number of different wines throughout the semester. It’s expanding my alcohol horizons past just whisky and beer. We had one Monday called traminette from the Oliver Winery in Bloomington, and it was delicious! I’m just thankful I go to a university that offers me the opportunity to actually take this for credit. Now if only there were a beer appreciation class…

Glee Club is also going pretty well. We’ve really seem to hit our stride in terms of our level of performance. The sound we’re producing is the best it’s been in a while, and I’m very pleased with where we’re at, vocally speaking.

I’m a little upset with myself that I still haven’t made myself more available to the new men. When I was a new man, I told myself I wasn’t going to be that jerk old man who didn’t associate with the new men. I wouldn’t say I’ve gone that far. I’m not a jerk to them by any means, I just wouldn’t say I’ve made my friendship readily available to them, and I’m disappointed in myself for that.

It’s still been a good semester for us though. Recruitment is keeping me busy. I just hope we’re doing enough to bring in large classes for next year.

We have a pretty busy six days, starting this morning. We’re on our way up to the Fort Wayne area (3ish hours) for a show. Monday, we’re doing a show that was postponed from last week, in Richmond (3+ hours), and on Thursday we’re heading down south to Posey County for a show (so another 4 hours). Lots of bus time in the next six days. It keeps things interesting.

In terms of a J. Chance life update, I don’t have any major complaints.

I’ve been checking the status of my grad application, and for the past little while it’s said “application pending, documents needed.” When I emailed the communication grad school coordinator to ask what was missing, she told me I needed to submit a writing sample and my transcript.

Here’s the thing. At no point while I was filling out my application did I see a spot that said “submit your writing sample,” or “don’t forget to submit your transcript.” Yes, I feel slightly stupid that THAT’S what has been missing, but I definitely don’t recall seeing anything throughout the application process asking for either of those.

Needless to say, I will be submitting my writing sample and transcript as soon as possible so we can get this thing going. I just want to know, you know? I’m about 80% sure if I get into Purdue’s grad school I’ll stay in Glee Club for a fourth year. That’s all very dependent on whether or not I can handle the grad work with Glee Club, but if I think I can handle it, I’d like to give it a shot.

I just need to get in first…

Let’s take a poll. How many of you think I’m actually capable of a short post? 😛

And before I forget, check out my best friend Shawn’s blog, The Dilly Dally!

Anyways, I hope this finds you well! I hope you all have a wonderful day and thanks for reading.

Keep the comments coming! I love hearing from you too!

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