Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Having An Impact

One of the most rewarding things in life is having a positive impact on someone else. I think as humans, we have an innate need to strive toward touching others in one way or another. I know for myself, my goal in life is to reach people through telling stories in film format. I'm inspired by the work of others and I hope to give back to the world by encouraging people through my own work.

A family friend recently contacted me in a lovely message, which in essence said that I had inspired them to start their own blog. Now, if you follow my blog you are well aware of my grammatical errors, infrequent posts, and sometimes lack of interest. However, I try to write real posts, artwork that I'm proud of, or topics that I believe need to be heard. Sometimes my post might be about the hardships that I’m facing in life, which I post because I’m aware that many people are struggling with similar things; I want them to know that they aren’t alone. Other times, I post about what has me excited and inspired, to embolden people to follow their dreams and live in the moment too. So, to hear that I had even a slight bit of an impact in someone's life was incredibly fulfilling. 

So, to the person who contacted me (you know who you are), thank you. I’m glad that my ramblings and photos inspire you!

Monday, March 9, 2015

Take AdVantage

We took a little trip to Vantage and had the chance to witness a beautiful sunset.

- Susie


Went through my photos and found these little gems to share with you!

- Susie

Thursday, March 5, 2015

It's Been Too Long!

I feel like it has been way too long since I posted last. After poor decision making, college work, and lack of spending time on photography, I found myself back in a bit of a useless state. When I get in this place, I can't seem to blog. I guess I feel like I don't have anything to say.

One of the small satisfactory things in my life though has been posting a photo to Instagram for each day of the year. Looking at the photos, I can tell which days were uneventful, but the photos that I have taken have meaning to me. I can tell that by the end of the year, I'm going to have some awesome memories to look back on. Right now, I'm in a black & white photo phase. I wonder how long it will last?

As for studying abroad, if you haven't heard I got accepted. I will officially by studying abroad at King's College at the University of Cambridge this summer! I am beyond excited about this opportunity. Not only is it going to be a great academic push and experience, but it will also be culturally rewarding. Having a British accent, people often draw the conclusion that I know everything about England, when in actuality, I have no idea. Yes, I understand traveling and part of the culture, but I have never experienced my homeland. I was three years old when we moved to Norway, so in my mind I am more Norwegian than I am English (even though I have no Norwegian blood in me).

The best part (other than getting to see my family and friends) is that Whit will be meeting me at the end of my program. Together we will be traveling around England, visiting Ireland, and adventuring in Norway. I can tell that our month of traveling is going to be a time in which I will be inexplicably happy. I had a discussion about the last time I felt that happy and I discovered that it's been a while. So, it will be great to get back to that place.

As for now, I am stuck with completing my screenplay, experiencing the male dominance that occurs in the film industry, and the daily struggle of probability and statistics. To my screenplay, I will defeat you. To the kid in my film group, I won't back down. To math, you have two weeks and then I will never see you ever again!


Monday, January 26, 2015

A Weekend of Fun

This past weekend was a nice break from typical college life. On Friday night, we invited a friend over for a girls night, which included dinner, movies, and treats (probably the best combination of things ever!). We watched the fabulous film The Tourist by Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck and then the newer film Edge of Tomorrow by Doug Liman.

The Tourist is obviously a great film. If it wasn't I wouldn't own it on DVD. Edge of Tomorrow was more the surprise. I am the first to say that I am not a Tom Cruise fan, but in this film he did a good job. Emily Blunt on the other hand is my favorite actress of all time. She can do no wrong! The film kept me wondering what would happen next. It made me question whether the characters would prevail or whether they would fail in their mission. The only fault with the film is that the ending scenes are too dark. As a viewer, we understand that lack of light adds to the scenes mood, but when the lighting becomes too dark, it distracts from the plot as you are so focused on the fact that you can't tell what is happening. Other than that, I thought it was awesome. The ending, depending on the viewer, is either really clever or leaves the viewer wanting more. I thought it was clever!

Then, on Saturday, half the day had passed before I got up. When I did finally appear from my room, I decided I wanted to do something fun a.k.a procrastinate on homework. So, Whit and I decided to venture off to the closest thing we have to a "City." On our way, we discovered a great photo spot, which we will be visiting again sometime with my DSLR. The view is breathtaking!

- Susie

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Taking Opportunities

One of my new years resolutions was to take advantage of the opportunities that come my way. (Another was to blog more... my excuse for not starting until now is that I was sick... I really was!) I had planned out my two years of university and decided that there was no way I could possibly fit in studying abroad. However, when I took another look, planned better, and basically completely redid my plan, there was an opening.

My goal is to study abroad this summer. Yes, 2015! I know it's coming really quick, but last minute is just my style. I have a month to complete my application. Now, I'm not going to share with you where I hope to be going, just in case it doesn't work out, but I am excited about the chance to travel and study at a great school!

Who knows what other opportunities could come from it?!
- Susie

Monday, January 5, 2015

Major Moments

I made it back to school on Saturday and have managed to catch a bug of some kind. I went to bed last night with a fever and woke up this morning with an even higher one. On the plus side though, I received an email informing me that I all ready had credit for the Mass Media class that I was supposed to be taking this quarter from community college. Yay! I got to drop my 8am class and I also got to take the next step... Declaring my major...

Since the email meant I had all my major prerequisite done, I waisted no time applying. I will be accepted by the end of the week. Now my time is being spent on replacing the giant gap in my schedule with another class. Here's hoping I get the one that I want!