Weekly Inspiration #19

I missed a few weeks of Weekly Inspiration. 😢 So from now on, I’ll just pick up where I left off, no matter how many weeks are between the current and previous WI posts, and recap everything I can.

🏫 Spring 2021

No Weekly Inspiration post is complete without at least some mention of school!

Some of my classes have already begun, and others will start within the next few weeks. I have about 12 units of major prep, but all the other classes are ones I’m taking for fun, for personal development, or relating to my future career.

Beginning Improvisation is one of the classes I’m looking forward to. Last semester, during my first acting class, I got a quick taste of improv. Although I wasn’t good at it, I enjoyed it a lot! No formal acting classes fit my unit cap and schedule this semester, but at least I’ll have improv, which I enjoy at least as much.

When I first decided to take Audio for the Web and Video for the Web, I was dismayed to learn about the 3-unit corequisite, Digital Media Skills. But life works in unexpected ways. This week, I discovered that if I took an extra class — a one-unit course titled Digital Media Portfolio — I would be eligible for CCSF’s Audio and Video for the Web certificate, which, of course, I aim to earn.

Writing the Nonfiction/Fiction Book is another interesting class I’m taking this semester. I’ve always wanted to write a novel, and even finished 200+ pages for one idea when I was 12, but nothing has gotten anywhere since. One of my goals for this year is to actually write a book (probably ~80K words), so I hope this class will give me an additional push!

Besides the aforementioned courses, I’m also trying to squeeze in a few extra theater classes and maybe one television scriptwriting class. I’m really stretching my limit this semester, though, so I’m going to have to figure out what to drop and what to keep.

Of course, I’m taking two web development courses as well. Both are capstone projects, and I’m excited to produce more work to add to my portfolio. I know one capstone is team-based. I’m not sure about the other one, but either way, I am going to enjoy both very much! I’m also looking forward to taking a formal graphic design class.

💻 Make School

Last week, I submitted an application to The Make School. Since my last few posts, Make School has slowly become my top choice (rather than Minerva). I won’t know if I’m admitted or not until March, however, so I’m preparing for both the happy and sad scenarios.

The fast-paced and hands-on approach of Make School attracts me, as well as the location — San Francisco. I fell in love with web development in 2016, and until now have never really been able to code with someone. (That’s why I’m super pumped for the two web development capstone classes I’m taking this semester, because I might finally be able to have the chance to do what I love with other people who love it as much as I do.)

Essays have never been my strong suit, though, and the fact that I decided to apply a few weeks before the deadline did not help my cause (as well as the fact that I missed reading a section of the website that would’ve really helped my essays — but no use crying over spilled milk).


My Week in Ten Words: Exhausting. Exhilarating. Changing plans. Excitement. Dropping and adding classes. Fun!

Catherine Chen
Catherine Chen

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