The City and The Strange

Since starting Cinema Production at DePaul I have worked on many short films. Being on location brings me to places I would have never gone and shows me things I would have never seen. I feel like I have seen so much more of Chicago, and I love it. It’s given me the opportunity to take some cool photos of the city and of some really strange things…Here are a few photos I’ve taken on the way.

Purdue Bucket List

  1. Attend Boiler Gold Rush – aka BGR aka Freshman Orientation.
    • Well of course!
  2. Attend a basketball game
    • Absolutely
  3. Drink an entire Den Pop.
    • It was painful but yes.
  4. Eat at Triple X
    • Their breakfast is the best
  5. Get a milkshake at Pappy’s
    • Never got around to it, again, there’s still time.. as long as it stays open.
  6. Pull an all-nighter
    • More than I’d like to admit, I miss Hicks library
  7. Fountain Run
    • OH YES!
  8. Attend a concert in Elliot Hall of Music
    • Macklemore and Ryan Lewis, and Weird Al…not at the same show..
  9. Go to Harry’s Chocolate Shop
    • Just a couple of times 😉
  10. Achieve a 4.0 for one semester
  11. Ride the Citibus
  12. Get a part time job
    • Good ole ITaP
  13. Get a drink from the Lion Fountain
  14. Live with a random roommate
    • And I’ll never regret it Zucc!
  15. Skip a class on purpose and for no reason at all
  16. Visit a professor outside of class for office hours
  17. Become the president of something
    • WIT (Women in Technology!)
  18. Shake hands with the university president
  19. Stay friends with someone all four years
    • Since STAR, Jess!
  20. Attend a football game
    • Particularly for “Shout” and the IU Sucks dance
  21. Join a random club
  22. Go for a ride on the Boilermaker Special
  23. Get a picture with Purdue Pete
  24. Get a picture with the World’s Largest Drum
  25. Take a nap somewhere on campus
  26. Go to a Fraternity party
  27. Go to a Baseball game (at the new field)
  28. Go to a Volleyball game
  29. Go to Trivia Night at Jake’s
    • Where I met a very special guy, Max, I wish I was a better girlfriend to you.
  30. Go to Famous Frank’s
    • Thanks, Jacob!
  31. Go to the Cactus
    • Thursday, the best and the worst night.
  32. Attend Breakfast Club
    • There is something exhilarating about drinking at 5 A.M dressed in a goofy costume.pirate
  33. Go sledding on Slayter Hill
    • I’m ashamed
  34. Walk under the Bell Tower
    • Boom! Bachelor’s Degree.

Gosh, I miss life at Purdue sometimes. Great times with great people in a great place.

Boiler Up!

Happy Blogiversary

11102850_10153274577447704_1080741122718216336_n One year ago yesterday I started this blog, Twenty Two Leaf Clover. I had just turned 22 and I wanted to try something new. I wanted an outlet. A place where I could share my thoughts and adventures with family, friends and other bloggers. It has been a wonderful year of blogging. I didn’t write as much as I could have or should have…but I have a start, I have one year under my belt. Today my domain has expired and I have decided to let it continue to be expired. For now my domain will go back to Although, the name of my blog will remain Twenty Two Leaf Clover in honor of when my blogging escapade began. Twenty two was a good year but I am excited for what Twenty three has in store, even if, according to Blink 182, nobody likes you when you’re 23.

It is a great achievement to be actively writing for Twenty Two Leaf Clover one year later. I plan to continue to blog about my adventures, my bucket list accomplishments and the randomness of my life! I hope to increase and improve my writing to keep this blog alive, especially as my experience as a film student in Chicago progresses!

A huge thank you to all of you who read my posts. You encourage and inspire me to keep writing.

Happy one year Twenty Two Leaf Clover! Cheers!

The Never Ending To Do List

  1. Get a Bachelor’s Degree  May 18, 2014
  2. Get a Master’s Degree
  3. Live in Chicago  August 2014 – Present
  4. Start a blog  April 9, 2014
  5. Learn how to play the guitar
  6. Learn how to play the piano
  7. Watch my name scroll by in the credits of a successful Feature film
  8. Be the Sound Designer of an Animated Feature
  9. Be the Sound Designer of a Live-action Feature
  10. Score a Film
  11. Be a part of a film that wins an award at a film festival
  12. Hold an Oscar…or win one…
  13. Write a feature length screenplay
  14. Go to Europe May 22, 2014 – June 4, 2014
  15. Go to Europe with my parents and brother
  16. Live in another country for at least a month
  17. Ride in a Gondola
  18. Go to the top of the Eiffel Tower  June 3, 2014 
  19. Go to Vatican City
  20. Witness the Pope’s Blessing
  21. Throw a coin into the Trevi Fountain
  22. Kiss the Blarney Stone
  23. Go whitewater rafting
  24. See and photograph St. Patrick’s Cathedral
  25. Go on a cruise
  26. Be the President of a club 2013
  27. Learn another language; French and/or German
  28. Improve my Spanish
  29. Learn Sign Language
  30. Be in a Talent show  2010
  31. Be in a Play  2009, 2010
  32. Sing in front of an audience of over one thousand
  33. Perform a monologue
  34. Sing on the street/Street Perform
  35. Get a Tattoo
  36. Go to all three days of Lollapalooza
  37. See the Musical Wicked in NYC
  38. Make Thanksgiving dinner
  39. Ride in a Chicago Water Taxi
  40. Run a 5K
  41. Attend a Tigers game
  42. Attend a Red Sox game  Summer 2013
  43. Attend a Yankees game
  44. Attend a Cubs game
  45. Attend a World Series game
  46. Run through a Waterfall
  47. Throw a surprise party
  48. Go to Hollywood
  49. Read all of the Harry Potter books
  50. Read all of the Lord of the Rings books
  51. Give an important speech
  52. Take a Ballroom dance class
  53. Go to Hawaii–
  54. Visit my Grandma Fran in Waimea Valley
  55. Make something awesome with my movie ticket collection
  56. Make a film about my family
  57. Watch all of Tim Burton’s films
  58. Watch all of the Best Picture Winners
  59. Get my own apartment
  60. Go on a road trip across the country
  61. Teach an exercise class
  62. Achieve my ideal body weight
  63. Be proud to wear a bikini
  64. Start a tradition
  65. Become a regular somewhere
  66. Start a business
  67. Eat oysters  Summer 2013
  68. Eat calamari   Summer 2012
  69. Eat frog legs
  70. Eat escargot
  71. Never eat a peanut butter and jelly sandwich
  72. Buy a record player
  73. Buy an entirely new wardrobe
  74. Volunteer at PAWS
  75. Adopt a dog; perhaps a Goldendoodle
  76. Be a Bridesmaid  October 5, 2013
  77. Get Married
  78. Make a difference
  79. Sing in a church choir
  80. Buy a house
  81. Buy a car
  82. Fold 1,000 origami cranes and give them to someone special
  83. See the Northern Lights
  84. Make a quilt
  85. Fly first class
  86. Photograph 100 churches
  87. Learn more about Political issues
  88. Vote for the President
  89. Do something I am afraid to do
  90. Leave a $100 tip
  91. Find a whole sand dollar
  92. Find a Starfish  January 2014
  93. Live somewhere where it doesn’t snow
  94. Go to my high school reunion
  95. Have children
  96. Host an elaborate Oscars Party
  97. Track down all of my family recipes, especially Stewghetti
  98. Find my magnificent obsession
  99. Send someone an unexpected gift
  100. Give myself a fake name for a restaurant or hotel reservation
  101. Reach my step goal on Fitbit for 21 days straight
  102. Take a class in (or learn as much as I can on my own about) Special FX Makeup
  103. Take an Improv class at Second City
  104. Be the lead singer in a band
  105. Become an expert in something
  106. See Lifehouse in concert
  107. See The Breakfast Club in the theater  March 26, 2015
  108. Read a book in one day
  109. Take a self defense class
  110. Be part of a flash mob
  111. Be able to go to a fancy dinner with family and friends, grab the check and say, “It’s on me”
  112. Order room service
  113. Ride an Elephant
  114. Reach ideal bedroom organization
  115. Learn to say “hello” in 50 languages
  116. Have a signature dish
  117. Learn to ski or snowboard
  118. Go camping
  119. Invest
  120. Visit all 50 United States
  121. Sleep in a hammock 
  122. Record an album
  123. Get a fish pedicure
  124. See the Mona Lisa 
  125. Ride a mechanical bull
  126. Plant a tree and watch it grow
  127. Learn CPR
  128. Learn how to sew
  129. Go to Oktoberfest in Germany 
  130. Own a Player Piano
  131. Have a library in my home
  132. Have a properly calibrated home theater and surround sound system 
  133. Learn to drive a car with manual transmission
  134. Go to Harry Potter world 
  135. See a concert at Carnegie Hall
  136. Ride a Segway
  137. Read the Bible 

Twenty Two, the Hidden Milestone


On Monday, I started a new year of my life. At first glance, there is nothing special about being 22. It isn’t really a milestone birthday, but all of the sudden it sneaks up on you, this is an important year full of important decisions and events. In the next two months I am finishing a senior design project, I am looking for a full time job, I am graduating from Purdue, I am saying goodbye to college friends, I am moving out of my apartment and I am going to Europe…that is just in the next two months! If this isn’t a milestone year, I don’t know what is!

The year a person graduates from college is always a big year, it is the time you enter the “real world”. You are about to become a tax payin’, loan payin’, 8-5 workin’, “real person”.  It isn’t always year 22 but that is how it worked out for me, so I have to make it count (like Jack and Rose…minus the whole iceberg thing).

I recently decided Chicago is where I want to go after Purdue, decision made, yes! I had an internship there in the summer of  2012 and fell in love with the people, the architecture, the sights, the festivals, the churches, the art…it was a culturally stimulating experience and I barely brushed the surface of the things to do there, so the Chicago exploration will continue. Though if I don’t get a job first…I may just have to look into street performing (joking but not joking).

Before that adventure can begin I have to finish strong at Purdue. Two weeks from today I have my senior design final presentation. I won’t lie to you, senior design has been a more than challenging experience, then again group projects usually always are. They’re kind of like arranged marriages. And then you have this ‘baby’ of a project that you have to raise together.

I’ve learned a lot from my project, my class in general has prepared me for what it might be like working with all different kinds of people at my future place of employment. No matter how this project ends up, I’ve grown as a leader and as a person from this project, so that’s something.

From there, it’s turning in projects, taking finals, packing up the apartment and walking across that stage. Followed by a thirteen day European tour through eight countries! On June 4th I’ll come back…hopefully to a place to work and place to live…

It’s going to be a busy, and kind of scary, year all around, but I’m excited for what ever else 22 throws my way!