It feels kinda weird that I am writing this post about myself, but hey Posse world!
I love movies and I also love making movies. I’m currently in my last year at Middlebury as a Film and Media Culture major. Right now I’m taking the advanced video production class where I have a short film assignment each week. It’s a lot of work but it’s really nice having all these videos at the end of it.
I’m not sure what exactly I’m gonna do when I graduate but I really hope it involves film or tv production. I also really love cinematography and camera operating. That being said, I am very excited to share with you all one of my videos today. This is a music video that I made for the video production class that I am currently taking. The song is “Holiday” by Vampire Weekend. I didn’t get anyone to act in it, so I did all the shooting and acting myself! I hope you like it.
For many students on the Middlebury College campus, the Black Pearl Ball is one of the most buzz-worthy events of the entire year. For those who have no idea of the Black Pearl Ball, it is a campus-wide dance hosted by the Middlebury student organization, Women of Color, that takes place during Homecoming Weekend. The event is attended by not only current Middlebury students but alumni as well. So how did the Black Pearl Ball, which in the recent years has also served as an alternative option to the Homecoming Formal itself, even came to be?
And so it happened, Las Chicas were finally in España. Las Chicas, of course, are Shipnia and myself; it’s a name we affectionately acquired while at Middlebury from our long-time Middlebury professor, Irina Feldman. The title was appropriate enough because Shipnia and I had started our Spanish language and culture immersion together at Middlebury. The two of us vowed over chocolate milk in the Ross dining hall that “neither of us could change our mind about going abroad without the other [during our junior of college].” So with the clank of our glasses, Las Chicas had begun the journey that would one day place us right in the heart of Spain – Madrid.
“Ni hao ma? [How are you?]” my Posse older sibling greets me in Mandarin Chinese.
“Norminah! [Alright!]” I would respond in Russian. “Kak dela? [How are you?]”
“Wo hen hao. [I’m well],” replies Luis, a fourth-year Posse scholar, in Chinese again.
The conversation would then follow with Luis asking a clarifying question about Chinese grammar while I ask him how to translate a phrase from English to Russian. Once we have exchanged our mini-language lessons, we would hug, say goodbye in Russian/Chinese and then depart for our respective classes. [While these encounters were frequent,] Our language exchanges also often extend beyond the minute-long mini-lessons.
Posse scholars, regardless of where they come from (whether it is New York City, Boston, D.C., Atlanta, Miami, Chicago, Los Angeles or New Orleans) are all chosen for their commitment and dedications to their community back home. So it should come as no surprise that Posse Scholars and the Middlebury Community Council have developed a long and faithful history together. Inspired by Dean Collado’s post this week, Walking the Walk, we decided to speak with two Middlebury Posse alumni on their experiences serving on the Community Council.