So, as the title of this post implies, I have 1) graduated and 2) been spending more time revisiting my Norwegian family and therefore my pretty subpar (yet adequate, I remind myself to say, as this is my portfolio site and I should not be self-deprecating on a portfolio site lest readers get the wrong idea) Norwegian speaking skills. But hey! Happy summer, happy graduation, and congrats to me (see title)!
It’s been a minute since I have updated this site, so I wanted to return to the classic bullet point list to prove that I was doing things in my online absence!
- I graduated May 13 (and a bit May 14), 2021 from the University of Georgia with Highest Honors summa cum laude with degrees in Entertainment & Media Studies (A.B.J.) and German (B.A.), a minor in Transnational European Studies, and certificates in Interdisciplinary Writing & Digital Humanities.
- I was awarded the Cecil B. Willcox Award from the Department of Germanic & Slavic Studies which honors the Outstanding German Major of every graduating class, and received the George M. Abney Award from Grady College of Journalism & Mass Communications, which celebrates the Honors student with the most impressive record within the college. I was inducted into Blue Key Honor Society and Phi Beta Kappa, and chosen as a Top 75 Student Employee of 2021 for my work in the Brown Media Archives & Peabody Awards Collection.
- In order to finish my certificate in Digital Humanities, I completed a capstone project based on my undergraduate thesis. If this is the first post you’re reading, I have been researching the Norwegian teen drama Skam and its franchise for almost three years now, and for this project, I focused primarily on different ways we can look at audience metrics and industrial rhetoric from this case study in order to reevaluate the current industrial perception surrounding piracy. You can read more about my presentation and watch the video here. I was also selected for the 2021 Virtual DHSI Conference & Colloquium for this project, and have my presentation this week (June 10th!). This is my first research conference outside of my undergraduate institution, so I am very excited.
- I also finished my online writing portfolio for my Interdisciplinary Writing Certificate, which you can find here!
So those are the main things I have been silent on…except…for what I am doing now and what I am doing come end of summer! I am still working as a research assistant for Franklin College and will stay on until the 25th of June, and also working in the Brown Media Archives & Peabody Awards Collection until the end of the summer. Other than that, I am keeping myself fairly busy because I am preparing for my upcoming move to Austin! In August, I’ll be starting my Master’s in Media Studies at University of Texas at Austin, and I could not be more thrilled.
Per tradition, I will try to discuss some books, movies, and TV shows I’ve been loving and try and pretend I haven’t just been rereading Vampire Academy/Bloodlines since the TV show got announced or rewatching Hill House.
- Your reliable teen drama update: really enjoyed Shadow and Bone, claim to be indifferent about Panic but finished the series in two days and am relatively excited about season two, and am still slugging my way through Cruel Summer on Freeform. I think these are the main releases since I last posted, but I’ll be back in the coming weeks when Love, Victor, Elite, and Never Have I Ever (and hopefully OBX season 2????) graces the screens. I do love the teen dramas.
- I read through my Goodreads goal for 2021, but the main books I loved were Perfect on Paper and When We Were Infinite.
- Have not watched many movies, but I am excited to hopefully get back to the theaters soon (post-vaccination summers and all).
Lastly, as always, here is a Spotify playlist for you all.