I Go To Art School… And I Was Doing It Wrong

I made the choice to come to Columbia because I wanted to be immersed in a school where I could focus on radio. Learning radio. Getting better at radio. Eat, sleep, breathe, create great radio. I figured there’d be a lot of steps along the way; going out and exploring the city, trying new things, eating new foods, seeing shows of all sorts, etc. I had expectations of what my life at Columbia would be like.

As I’m sure you’ve figured out, I’m in a Reviewing the Arts: Honors class this semester. Our teacher usually starts the once-a-week Monday morning class with one question: “Who absorbed some good art this weekend?”

The first time he asked this, I was caught off guard. What did I do this weekend? Right, I had just finished working all week, didn’t get much done, and spent the better part of the weekend holed up in my apartment getting all of my schoolwork done. I probably went for a run or two. Got the grocery shopping done for the week, meal prep. Pretty sure it was my weekend to clean the apartment, probably? Basic human things.

One problem. I wasn’t living up to the expectations that I had put on myself when I moved here over a year ago, or when I moved back about six months prior. I spent too much of the weekend holed up, doing absolutely nothing that I had dreamed of doing.

Ever since then, I’ve made it a mission to do — er, excuse me, absorb — at least one thing every weekend that I offer to say in class come Monday morning. Since then, I’ve listened to a handful of new Broadway musicals on Spotify; taking in more Netflix-documentaries and trying to expand on my movie knowledge; checked out “Whiplash” in theaters; worked for a weekend on the Great Northern Radio Show set, where we had some really talented musicians that I’m still listening to; ate at some pretty spectacular restaurants, (okay… two restaurants…), and saw The Book of Mormon this past weekend.

I can’t explain enough how wonderful it is to have taken in these things, and I look forward to being able to absorb even more as time goes on. Plus, it’s kind of nice to get out of your own head for a little bit during the bustling, busy weekends. (Yes. Weekends are busy, too. You try working full time and taking 19 credits.)

Just thought I’d drop a couple lines to let y’all know I’m still here. I’m still kicking. Almost. I’ve made it through my 4th Half Marathon (go Get Lucky!), and I’m still eagerly awaiting move-ins/spring training for Spirit, and I could really use anything you could donate to my tour fees. Find out more here.

Stay with us, if you can.


Author: erikabunk

Raised in Northern Minnesota. BA in Radio/Business & Entrepreneurship, but right now just talking too much about running shoes and a Masters Student at DePaul (Journalism). Training for the marathon with various podcasts. Spends too much time on Spotify, in search of the best record store in the world, and dreams of returning to Reykjavík.

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