#Adulting: A Glimpse of the Possible

In my last post, I paid homage to Millennialthe Radiotopia/PRX podcast that gave me the post-grad motivation to intern, work part-time, but mostly, figure out what I really wanted to do and make no apologies for it.

Well, update: I met the creator of Millennial. (!)

But first, let me back up a bit.

For the past few months, I’ve been learning more and more about the public radio landscape. Since the Corporation for Public Broadcasting helps fund America’s public radio stations, it’s important to know how they work, right?

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For Millennial (A Year Post Bachelor)

In August, the Radiotopia/PRX podcast series “Millennial” aired its ­final episode.

For three seasons, host and creator Megan Tan, captured the journey of millennials figuring out their lives after a defining moment, including her own.

The following stand-alone audio piece is inspired by “Millennial.” I began gathering tape after listening to the podcast last Fall, knowing there was someone else, who felt the same way I did.

So thank you, Megan. And thank you, for listening.

 

 

Here are some of the clips in the piece:

News

Georgia Public Broadcasting Radio

Georgia Students Reach for the Stars, But They’ll Start with Mars

Channel Thirteen/WNET in New York

Trump to Cut PBS Funding

Music

All of the music is by Lee Rosevere on FreeMusicArchive.org, under a Creative Commons Attribution license

“The Secret to Growing Up”

“And So Then”

“Ingenuity”

“As I Was Saying”

 

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What I’m Listening To: The last episode of Millennial and a recent episode of Planet Money called “The Starbury” (trust me, the latter’s title is not what you think)

(Photo Property of NPR Planet Money)

What I’m Reading: (Fiction) Water for Elephants  by Sara Gruen (B/N: Yes, I’ve seen the movie but now, at the behest of a friend, taking a stab at the book too).

(Fiction) The Lost Coast (novella) by Eli Horowitz and Josh Brandon (B/N: A companion to the Homecoming podcast serial and so far, pretty good)

What I’m Watching: (DVD) Creed (2015), dir. by Ryan Coogler is the latest in the Rocky movie series, but focuses on the son of Apollo Creed, Adonis “Donnie” Creed (Michael B. Jordan).  Considering the attention last week’s fight received, I figured now was a time to see a more cinematic version of the boxing world. As a big fan of the Rocky movies (my favorites are Rocky I and Rocky II), I loved this shift of focus onto a character who, like Rocky and Apollo, is proud of his identity even if he’s still figuring out who that person is.

 

Book Review: Teach Me How To Laugh

A fun fact about yours truly is that one of my favorite genres is Comedian Autobiography. If I’m going to read about someone’s life, where there are probably going to be some sad parts (as is true in many lives), I want to at least laugh a little.

Born a Crime is no exception in this regard, but it does change the rules I’d come to expect in the Comedian Autobiography genre.

(Born a Crime: Stories from a South African Childhood by Trevor Noah (2016) Photo Credit: Google Books)

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Sunday Night Motivation

How do you do a job application?

One step at a time.

At this moment, it’s Sunday night and I’m staring at the computer screen, desperately trying to motivate myself to start the fellowship application I’ve put off for weeks.

It’s due tomorrow.

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Signs of a Senior: Super Relieved

An update!
Phase 3 of my grand project is finally complete! (That’s why the blog has been so quiet these past few months) You can read a quick recap of my progress below.
Listen to the full audio documentary here: https://soundcloud.com/ammonty/sets/what-does-a-superhero-sound-like-audio-analysis-of-gender-media-and-technology

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It’s finally done! No, not school. Not yet.

I’m referring to my project. Remember the prize I won to do research during the summer?

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Then I did research and bought equipment for an audio documentary.

(A M Montgomery 2015) (A M Montgomery 2015)

For the past nine months or so, I used that equipment to start the interview process of my audio documentary with my own radio show.

(AM Montgomery 2015) (AM Montgomery 2015)

Just a few weeks ago, I presented an excerpt of said documentary–combining my research, superhero sound bites, and interviews–my college’s annual showcase, Amherst Explorations.

(Rachael Hanley, Social and New Media Manager at Amherst College) (Rachael Hanley, Social and New Media Manager at Amherst College)

It was covered by my college and it got tons of buzz.

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Then I broadcast the entire audio documentary on my radio show (it’s an hour, split up into three parts, with commercial breaks) and now it’s on my SoundCloud

(Hadley Dorn 2016) (Hadley Dorn 2016)

And now…I’m done…

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Onslaught of Book to Movie: Review of “The Martian”

(Warning: There are three words of profanity in the following post)

Okay, so I cheated. It’s not a huge deal but I broke my own rule and is it awful that I don’t feel bad about it?

Let me back up a bit.

I don’t get out much. Why go pay to see a movie I may not enjoy when I could read the book it’s based on for free? Besides, aren’t the books supposed to be better anyway?

Thus began the rule that I must read the book before seeing the movie. If I see the movie before, I probably won’t read the book at all.

I’ve broken this rule three times in my life with:

  • The Bourne Identity
  • Harry Potter and The Deathly Hallows

and now, The Martian. In these cases, I read the books soon after I saw the movie, and it was usually a struggle since the reading the books take more time and I already know what’s going to happen.

The Martian was different.

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If you’re looking for a sign to go read or watch the movie, this is it. The Martian is the best movie I’ve seen all year (yes, that includes Avengers: Age of Ultron). Plus, the movie, directed by Ridley Scott, is so close to the book, you’re not really missing out. I enjoyed reading the book because it gave me even more details of hilarity.

So what is The Martian about?

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Senior Summer: Contributing–Why You Should Do It and How

Excited about my recent published article!

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This past week, I pitched and successfully submitted an article, which was NOT:

  • for one of my school’s publications
  • on one of my blogs
  • for an internship, paid or unpaid
It was also not for a job. So why I am happy about this?
It’s called contributing. When you contribute to a publication, you provide quality pieces in exchange for a byline, experience, and a clip to add to your portfolio.
  • Why the heck should I care? Portfolios aren’t just for writers! If you’re interested in a subject unrelated to your major/career of choice, it’s a great way to show employers and committees that you’re well-rounded. If it is related to your major/potential career, it provides more expertise by giving you more experience writing about topics relevant your job. Plus, contributing is done on your free time, which shows others that you’re passionate about a variety of interests.
  • Okay…

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Senior Summer: Grand Project

An update as to how I am spending the rest of my summer!

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It’s officially July! Not only is one month of the summer gone but also half of the year. Freaking out yet?

Don’t. You still have plenty of time.

One of the things to work on this summer is a grand project.

(A M Montgomery 2015) (A M Montgomery 2015)

It stems from an idea in Cal Newport’s How to Win at College, which advises students to always be working on some grand project. While I don’t agree with all of his advice in the book (like “Never Nap,” seriously?) or even one of his other books So Good They Can’t Ignore You, I am still eternally grateful for the guidelines in How to Become a Straight-A Student. Plus, this idea (and yes, a few others in How to Win at Collegeare good advice.

On Cal Newport’s Study Hacks blog (a valuable source), he lists some examples of grand projects

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