One of the most interesting classes I’ve taken at DePaul is Film Philosophy (DC 227). The class is an introduction to philosophy that also uses film as a way to examine philosophical ideas. I took the class back in Winter Quarter and it was a lot of fun.
As a film production minor, it was really interesting to learn about film and art in a new way and mixing them with philosophical ideas. It was super interesting looking at films in a new way and applying philosophical ideas to the characters and the story line.
Most people think philosophy classes are boring, but that is completely not true! This class was really interesting because we discussed philosophical ideas that are relevant to every person, and we got to learn it in the context of the film’s plot and characters. Many of the movies we watched and learned about were classics, mainly from the 70s and 80s like Apocalypse Now and All That Jazz.
This was really interesting because a lot of these movies I had never seen before and I wouldn’t have watched them if I wasn’t in this class. This class definitely makes you see and think about movies differently and it's a really great class to take if you need to fulfill the Philosophical Inquiry requirement but you want to learn philosophy in an interesting way.
The DePaul Alumni Sharing Knowledge Network (ASK) is an awesome network that connects DePaul students with alumni that are currently working as industry professionals. The ASK Network is full of DePaul alumni that want to help current DePaul students succeed in their career. My freshman year, I really struggled a lot deciding what to major in and what career and industry would be the best fit for me.
The ASK network helped me a ton because I was able to connect with tons of people in different career fields that I was considering and ask them questions about it. It also helped that you can search for alumni, not just based off their career field or major, but also their cultural background, what clubs they were involved in, and so it's easier to find alumni that have similar experiences as you.
It's really helpful whether you’re looking for someone that shares a particular background or identity with you and know what their experience is in their job field. I was able to find a ton of different people working in various fields that I was interested in and then interview them about their experience. I ended up getting a lot of information about the IT and computer science field that made it way easier to decide what to major in after knowing what the industry is like.
One of my first ever programming classes at DePaul was Intro to Computer Science where we learned the language Python. Having never learned coding before, it was overwhelming and kind of difficult for me and a lot of the other students. I made the huge mistake of never visiting the CDM Tutoring Center when I had trouble with this class. Looking back, this class wasn’t as difficult as it seemed at first, had I gone to the tutoring center or talked to my professor. When I started going there Spring Quarter for another class, it made understanding the program and getting a good grasp of it much easier. A lot of the tutors are graduate or undergraduate students as well so they have a good grasp on the concepts and they’re very understanding and easy to talk to.
It’s also super helpful if your professor’s office hours don’t work with your schedule or you need last minute help on a problem with someone. The Tutoring Center has a bunch of tutors that can help with tons of different coding languages like Java, C++, HTML, etc. It’s also really great because you can schedule either one-on-one meetings, phone calls, or video calls so there’s a lot of flexibility for you get the tutoring you need. The Tutoring Center isn’t just for coding/programming classes, it offers different tutors in programs like photoshop, After Effects or Game Design for the Schools of Cinematic Arts and Design. The CDM Tutoring Center is something you should all take advantage of and learn from my mistake, especially if it’s your first time learning or using these programs!
I’ve taken my fair share of online classes at DePaul. This quarter I ended up taking two online classes and two in-person classes so I have time to focus on things outside of school and work on it during my own time. It can be difficult at first if you’ve never taken an online class before, but it just takes getting used to and a LOT of self-discipline.
Meet your professor - The first thing I would recommend is getting to know you professor. This isn’t necessary but it’s useful to go in during office hours and get help or ask questions face to face.
Organization – Organization and time management is key when it comes to online classes. One thing that helps me is setting email notifications on D2L that sends you emails reminding you when quizzes or assignments are due. You can also add reminders to your calendar of any important dates and remember to check D2L at least once a week to make sure you’re on top of things.
Don’t Procrastinate - Trust me, it’s so easy to procrastinate or ignore an online class because you don’t have to be in a class at a set time, and doing it all in one day. This will only end up giving you unnecessary stress to get everything done right before it’s due. It’s better to work on classwork throughout the week and getting it done ahead of time.
Treat it like an In-Person Class – Some people think they can get away with not watching a lecture or doing a reading because it’s an online class, but that’s not the case. The best way to make sure you pass the class and learn is to watch the lecture and treat it like any other in-person class. Some CDM classes are filmed on COLtube or depending on your professor, they’ll upload their own lectures to D2L.
The dreaded finals week is almost here, everyone! This quarter I found myself a lot more overwhelmed compared to previous quarters, with exams, papers, and projects. The good news is once you power through, you can enjoy your stress-free spring break! As someone who is a champion procrastinator, these are some tips I use to help me get through finals week:
Turn off your phone: avoid all distractions when you’re studying. I like to use to use the Blacklist Chrome extension on my laptop to block certain websites like Netflix and YouTube because I know I’ll end up binging something on Netflix instead of studying.
Caffeinate: Coffee will be your best friend during finals week, because you're probably not gonna get 8 hours of sleep every night. I usually try to load up on coffee and take naps later in the day.
Always have water and snacks with you: You’re more likely to focus on studying if you’re not distracted by being hungry. It’s easy to forget to stay hydrated when you’re swamped with due dates and exams, having a water bottle with you at all times will make it easier to stay hydrated.
Plan ahead: I recommend studying and working on a paper the day it gets assigned, or at least 2 to 3 weeks ahead. Divide up your time between all your due dates so you don’t end cramming for an exam the night before (which you should try not to do)!
Choosing a university to spend the next 4 or so years of your life is a very difficult decision. I remember when I was going through the college app season around this time last year, there were a lot of things I had to consider. But through it all, DePaul was my dream school and I decided it was the best decision for me overall! Here a list of why I chose DePaul:
1. The City: DePaul is located right in the heart of the city. There so much to do in the Chicago, with Millennium Park just a short walk away and so much more to explore. As someone from the suburbs, I really wanted to go to college in a place gave me opportunities to explore the city. DePaul has campuses in Lincoln Park and the Loop, which gives you both experiences in two very different parts of the city.
2. Diverse majors that are offered: I started college unsure of what I wanted to major in, I’m that's the case for a lot of incoming freshmen. Luckily, there's so many majors and programs to choose from, you're bound to find something you're interested in! I was also able to add a Digital Cinema minor because of the great film school and the different types of minors within the CDM.
3. Opportunities: DePaul is great place for networking and finding jobs or internships after college. Through the Handshake network, it's so easy to find a internship related to your interests. You can also get networking opportunities by joining clubs, talking to professors, or talking to the Career Center.
4. Commuter friendly: I loved that DePaul was very accommodating to its commuter student population. I know lots of students who, like me, commute to school every morning. Sometimes for over an hour each day. Commuter services include commuter lounges in the loop and commuter events which are great ways to relax between classes and your train ride home!
Although it's only my second year, I’m so happy with the decision I made to go to DePaul, and I love all the experiences I’ve gained here. I can’t imagine going to college anywhere else. Good luck to everyone’s college decisions this year!
Choosing your major can be really daunting when you’re only a freshman. A lot of freshmen decide to start out with an undeclared major, which is a great decision! It allows you to take different classes, explore your options, and figure out what you’re interested in. In my first year, I had no idea what to do or who to talk to for help. After trying out new things and getting help from a lot of people, I finally decided what I wanted to major in. Here are some things that helped me figure out my major!
Check out the University Catalog
The first that I would recommend looking at is all the majors that are offered here at DePaul. One thing that helped me was looking through DePaul’s University Catalog. It gives a lot of information like a list of majors, class and degree requirements, course descriptions, and more!
Look over your Degree Progress Report
>DePaul offers a Degree Progress Report on Campus Connect that shows you how much progress you’ve made toward your current degree. You can use the what-if report and see what it would look like if you changed your major or added a minor, and what classes you would need to complete.
Talk to the Office of Academic Advising Support
Sometimes your academic advisor won’t always be available for a meeting, especially during registration time. Talking to an advisor from the Office of Academic Advising Support can be really helpful. My advisor helped me a lot with figuring out what majors would be best suited to my interests.