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.
Attend Boiler Gold Rush – aka BGR aka Freshman Orientation. Attend a basketball game
Drink an entire Den Pop.
- It was painful but yes.
Eat at Triple X
- Their breakfast is the best
- Get a milkshake at Pappy’s
- Never got around to it, again, there’s still time.. as long as it stays open.
Pull an all-nighter
- More than I’d like to admit, I miss Hicks library
- OH YES!
Attend a concert in Elliot Hall of Music
- Macklemore and Ryan Lewis, and Weird Al…not at the same show..
Go to Harry’s Chocolate Shop Achieve a 4.0 for one semester Ride the Citibus Get a part time job
- Good ole ITaP
Get a drink from the Lion Fountain Live with a random roommate
- And I’ll never regret it Zucc!
Skip a class on purpose and for no reason at all Visit a professor outside of class for office hours Become the president of something
- Shake hands with the university president
Stay friends with someone all four years
- Since STAR, Jess!
Attend a football game
- Particularly for “Shout” and the IU Sucks dance
Join a random club
- Go for a ride on the Boilermaker Special
- Get a picture with Purdue Pete
Get a picture with the World’s Largest Drum Take a nap somewhere on campus Go to a Fraternity party
- Go to a Baseball game (at the new field)
- Go to a Volleyball game
Go to Trivia Night at Jake’s
- Where I met a very special guy, Max, I wish I was a better girlfriend to you.
Go to Famous Frank’s
- Thanks, Jacob!
Go to the Cactus
- Thursday, the best and the worst night.
Attend Breakfast Club
- Go sledding on Slayter Hill
- I’m ashamed
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.
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 22leafclover.com has expired and I have decided to let it continue to be expired. For now my domain will go back to twentytwoleafclover.wordpress.com. 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!
Get a Bachelor’s DegreeMay 18, 2014
- Get a Master’s Degree
Live in ChicagoAugust 2014 – Present Start a blogApril 9, 2014
- Learn how to play the guitar
- Learn how to play the piano
- Watch my name scroll by in the credits of a successful Feature film
- Be the Sound Designer of an Animated Feature
- Be the Sound Designer of a Live-action Feature
- Score a Film
- Be a part of a film that wins an award at a film festival
- Hold an Oscar…or win one…
- Write a feature length screenplay
Go to EuropeMay 22, 2014 – June 4, 2014
- Go to Europe with my parents and brother
- Live in another country for at least a month
Ride in a Gondola Go to the top of the Eiffel TowerJune 3, 2014
Go to Vatican City
- Witness the Pope’s Blessing
Throw a coin into the Trevi Fountain
- Kiss the Blarney Stone
Go whitewater rafting
- See and photograph St. Patrick’s Cathedral
- Go on a cruise
Be the President of a club2013
- Learn another language; French and/or German
- Improve my Spanish
- Learn Sign Language
Be in a Talent show2010
Be in a Play2009, 2010
- Sing in front of an audience of over one thousand
- Perform a monologue
- Sing on the street/Street Perform
- Get a Tattoo
- Go to all three days of Lollapalooza
- See the Musical Wicked in NYC
- Make Thanksgiving dinner
- Ride in a Chicago Water Taxi
- Run a 5K
Attend a Tigers game Attend a Red Sox gameSummer 2013
- Attend a Yankees game
Attend a Cubs game
- Attend a World Series game
- Run through a Waterfall
- Throw a surprise party
- Go to Hollywood
- Read all of the Harry Potter books
- Read all of the Lord of the Rings books
- Give an important speech
- Take a Ballroom dance class
- Go to Hawaii–
- Visit my Grandma Fran in Waimea Valley
- Make something awesome with my movie ticket collection
- Make a film about my family
- Watch all of Tim Burton’s films
- Watch all of the Best Picture Winners
- Get my own apartment
- Go on a road trip across the country
- Teach an exercise class
- Achieve my ideal body weight
- Be proud to wear a bikini
- Start a tradition
- Become a regular somewhere
- Start a business
Eat oystersSummer 2013 Eat calamariSummer 2012
- Eat frog legs
- Eat escargot
- Never eat a peanut butter and jelly sandwich
- Buy a record player
- Buy an entirely new wardrobe
- Volunteer at PAWS
- Adopt a dog; perhaps a Goldendoodle
Be a BridesmaidOctober 5, 2013
- Get Married
- Make a difference
- Sing in a church choir
- Buy a house
- Buy a car
- Fold 1,000 origami cranes and give them to someone special
- See the Northern Lights
- Make a quilt
- Fly first class
- Photograph 100 churches
- Learn more about Political issues
- Vote for the President
- Do something I am afraid to do
- Leave a $100 tip
- Find a whole sand dollar
Find a StarfishJanuary 2014
- Live somewhere where it doesn’t snow
- Go to my high school reunion
- Have children
- Host an elaborate Oscars Party
- Track down all of my family recipes, especially Stewghetti
- Find my magnificent obsession
- Send someone an unexpected gift
- Give myself a fake name for a restaurant or hotel reservation
- Reach my step goal on Fitbit for 21 days straight
- Take a class in (or learn as much as I can on my own about) Special FX Makeup
- Take an Improv class at Second City
- Be the lead singer in a band
- Become an expert in something
- See Lifehouse in concert
See The Breakfast Club in the theaterMarch 26, 2015
- Read a book in one day
- Take a self defense class
- Be part of a flash mob
- Be able to go to a fancy dinner with family and friends, grab the check and say, “It’s on me”
- Order room service
- Ride an Elephant
- Reach ideal bedroom organization
- Learn to say “hello” in 50 languages
- Have a signature dish
- Learn to ski or snowboard
- Go camping
- Visit all 50 United States
- Sleep in a hammock
- Record an album
- Get a fish pedicure
- See the Mona Lisa
- Ride a mechanical bull
- Plant a tree and watch it grow
- Learn CPR
- Learn how to sew
- Go to Oktoberfest in Germany
- Own a Player Piano
- Have a library in my home
- Have a properly calibrated home theater and surround sound system
- Learn to drive a car with manual transmission
- Go to Harry Potter world
- See a concert at Carnegie Hall
- Ride a Segway
- Read the Bible
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!