Columbia College Chicago Tours & Reviews

Chicago, IL


A Day in the Life with Ryan

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My name's. Finally, he had his product and I just come because I felt like coming. I mean, this I would just kind of committing body this artistic, hardworking passion. My major is you think I would say overall climate, Hey, the department would be one of working really hard right creativity, emphasizing your different strengths and learning more about that. And then also, like a high degree like performance. Excellent kind of thing. Um, sometimes it feels unachievable, and I think that's a pressure that students put on themselves. Instructors do, But I'm not always What's up come favorite part about Colombia is Think about sixteen great our city there some things to do. There's just always like art stuff going on, and it's just really fun. Teacher. Yeah, he was, like, wearing a lot of cool. The senior partners probably think the lack of community and calling me, and I feel like a lot of people get really isolated it can be hard to find. Stay where you feel like you can't. It's just like longer periods of time. You can be whoever you want to be. But you know, I still have that like I like spending time with the same people. A lot there. Get off of the person. Let's talk about places to eat on campus. There's really no. So there's one dining hall that is access restricted. So you either need to have a meal plan or live in the building where the dining hall is, which means I actually can't get access to it. But I did used to live in that building, so I can tell you a bit about it. Don't do it seriously. Don't do it. If you live in the building and you live in a suite, you have to take a meal plan. Sorry, he had to make the best of the situation. But if you have a choice to sign up for a meal blend, don't. The hours are ridiculous, the food is not good and often give people food poisoning. Trust me is not worth it. So duck. Also, the way the meal plan works is kind of complicated. If you live in the building, you have a certain amount of meals. You could do breakfast, lunch and dinner if you have out of the building. So and any residents, It's not in the building that the dining halls and you could only come for dinner and lunch and only during certain specific hours. And it's really over complicated, and it's not worth it financially, because everyone that I know that lived outside of the building that had a meal blend didn't use all their meals up. So you buy a lump sum of one hundred fifty, a belief for the semester of the year, and then you use them every time you go in. No one I know use the mall No one. Most of them still had over a hundred meals at the end of the semester because it's super into me and not good. So just ex. Nay, the meal plan, eh? Unless you have to, then So here's the thing about Planet Court. Plymouth Court is currently like where a lot of freshmen let's. Plymouth Court is home to the honors floor and one out of the two gender inclusive housing floors. The other one is in the art and the Ark is the upperclassmen building, so you have to be twenty and older. Toe live there. Um, and currently, Plymouth is kind of like a Hub two, but they actually are not gonna have this next year, so I don't know fully what freshmen housing is going to look like. I'll admit there's a lot of uncertainty. Um, people aren't really sure where the gender inclusive housing floor for undergrad for underclassmen is going to be moved. We don't know where the honors floor is going to be moved, but as of right now, next year starting fall next year, we will have the Dwight the Ark in the university center. I know a lot of freshmen living the university center and those air the more traditional dorm style like sweet style dorm's. So be aware that, uh, there may be a higher percentage of freshman living man. Um, but I wish I could give you a little more insight. Unfortunately, because Plymouth is going to not be here, future's a little uncertain as faras. What you should brain for your dorm. It depends on where you live. Um, if you live in the Dwight, you do get a microwave, but you don't get a dishwasher. Um, definitely, like, bring stuff to do your laundry with. I would really recommend, uh, laundry baskets. Um, grocery bags like plastic and paper bags cost money in the city here, so get reusable bags and honestly, like, I don't know if you know those like shopping carts that you sometimes see older people walking around with. They're very popular here in the city for very good reason. I have one on my Christmas list. It makes shopping in the city a lot easier. So that is definitely something that I would recommend. Also, if you're not used to hard water like tap water, where I come from the tap water's really, really nice here. It's not his nice. It's not bad. But if you are used to like, really clean, crisp, soft water, I would suggest maybe investing in a filter Also like if you live in an apartment like these, definitely. Like if you want certain appliances, like toasters or not rice cookers or like a crock pot. Bring them. Definitely. And you are going to need to bring pots, pans, dishes, uh, silverware, glasses. I mean, you have to fully stock the kitchen. Decorations are always good. It helps you feel more like a home. We bought a lot of our decorations together. Definitely. Bring your technology, huh? Well, I brought my way. You ever my switch around my computer? Uh, yeah. You're gonna need a vacuum. You gonna need a mop? Two kits? Not about being too invested. We've been meaning to buy a toolkit since the beginning of the year. And we haven't, um, also drying racks are good. We have them over their way. Also have a shoe, Matt, for when it gets like snowy witches. Now, that way, we don't have to track in salt and slush. That's on our shoes. We can leave him at the door. I mean, use your judgment, bring what you think you're going to need. And I mean it is a big city. So, like, if you are missing something, you could easily find it. Generally, we have CBS right down the corner. We have a target around the street. We have a jeweled down the street, Trader Joe's right by the jewels. It's it's pretty easy to get what you need here. So definitely don't worry about that. So, uh, something that's important to know you will find this out. Like I think it orientation or something. But just F Y I Plymouth Court is currently the only residents hall that you can get into without somebody who lives there but to get, like, up the stairs and into the rooms or, like to the elevator bank, You do have to have somebody check you in. That's the way it is. With every single resident hall. You have to have somebody who lives there, check you in. And each person who lives there can only check in two people at a time. So, um, that's why when I show you guys the other dorms, I'm going to have one of my friends show you around because I don't ever go into those dorms, but they know them. Super. Well, in that way, you can get a better idea of what the place is like. That's also why I won't be able to show you guys the Ark. The ark is the upperclassmen storm, so it's they call it the Upperclassmen dorm. Basically, you have to be twenty years or older to live in there, and I don't I'm a freshman. And while I'm nineteen, I don't know anybody who lives in the Ark because a lot of my friends who are that age already have off campus housing. If you're thinking of coming here as a freshman, like, you won't be able to live there anyway, if you are coming as a transfer, I know a lot of transfers do live there. Um, yeah. So dining is a little bit different here. Wei have a lot of apartments, style dorms here. And because of that, you have your own kitchen. So you're not required to get a meal plan unless you live in university center. Uh, because then you don't have your own kitchen. Now, if you, uh, you do live in an apartment style building, you can get supplemental mia plan. I have one, because this is the first year I've never lived on my own. And I'm learning how to cook. Andi, it's really helpful for that reason. Uh, it's also just convenient because you can also buy from a store here so it's It can be useful depending on your circumstance. So if you get a supplemental meal plan, you get one hundred fifty two meals for the whole year and you get three hundred seventy five dollars to spend in store over the course of the year. Uh, you have restricted ours. So, like, you can't come here for breakfast. Most people don't miss that. This is where a supplemental. Your plan. This is where you enter. You have to go into this injury and your card material of slight JJ. I have two girls. God distortion that rotates today. You're this one also changes every day Your station. Fun fact, it's bring station. Here. One it does pizza. So. Can't allergy. Fine. Oh, this is the little store inside of the dining hall. You have a lot of difference. Not just and like the supplement your plan, you get money to spend in here. Yeah, Difference. It's pretty great. Even if you live in an apartment style place I have on multiple occasions. Got cereal here because I have a lot of cereal. So yeah, we also star boats are screaming. They have sent you here to choose what? Oh, yeah. Let's talk about residence halls. So first things first, your roommate, If you're an incoming freshman and you're probably going to be assigned one, you'll answer. Question your online when you fill out your housing portal stuff and they'll kind of try to put you together with that it will be hit or miss if it is miserable. Police, please, please, please, please, please, please, please, please, please tell your already because nothing is worse than going to classes in coming home To be miserable. Don't do that to yourself as a transformer are a re coming like student, You can pick your roommate's already confused to be put back in the lottery system again and you could request it remains in certain rooms. That's slightly different process. It happens before the school year's over, because priority. But you'll most likely be assigned one or two or three or four. And because most of the eight dorms at Columbia are apartments, that about eighty percent of them are you will live in an apartment, which means field plans aren't really relevant. But shopping for groceries are so prepare yourself, Bring shopping bags. And while we're at it, let's talk about some other dorm room essentials. A bath meant something to hang your loofa from in the shower like a commando rated for showers or one of those suction cup hooks, something that reminds you of home either stuffed animal or an object or anything, I guess technically, to remind you, fool. Cleaning supplies. Just cleaning supplies. Brain like those, like Clorox wipes or whatever degenerate equivalent is of them really important and traffics bring him. Has I mentioned in the free time video, I spent most of my free time working, eating, commuting or sleeping. However, I do have a brief clip of me hanging out with one of my friends in Whore resident home. She actually is the one who let me do a tour of her apartment. So here's a brief clip of that right here. I don't often get to see my friends, but when I do, it's usually because I'm trying to complete a project or that I randomly ran into them on campus. And there's an event happened, such as this like event that's going, they can go to school, and there's letting us spend for free stuff. So because I'm a musical theater major, I get access to practice rooms and you can check these out Sherwood Music School three twelve and you get access to a practice room with a piano. This one happens to have two for teaching lessons, but they're pretty boring. But you get a stand, a stool and a mirror so you could look at yourself and wave to cameras. I spend a lot of my life in these rooms, practicing and singing. My vocal lessons happened in a room very similar to this one. And as someone who is a musical theater major, that's where I spent a lot of my time. Music majors also have access to these rooms, and technically, Amy Columbia student can check out a room at this building show in Music School. Thirteen twelve South Michigan. Now excuse me, I need to Another Columbia building is nine sixteen South Walk Ash clinically referred to as well. Nine sixteen. It's where the animation and your active media arts classes happen, and it is actually a multi level building. They're two hats, including a student loans there. The nine sixteen building is important to me because this is where I first fell in love with voice over work, I found an interactive arts median design student who was looking for someone to voice on their video game. And I said, Sure, why not? And that's kind of where I figured out where I really enjoy doing voice over work. It's a lot of fun you to stretch your acting jobs without actually having to stretch your body, which is a complete one eighty from my major, which really, I think stretches me as an actor and a performer in general. Here, Columbo. You can see that students are always congregating at places and always working on work. And here you got a brief glimpse of one of the classrooms for inter actor art to media design. It's a computer lab. That's what it is. Sometimes at Columbia even run into professors just because I know what you have this one due to the fact that I no longer have to take those types of classes. But they're always around because they always have class, and they're a great resource even after you're done. Here is another lounging space, but during busy days you'll see a lot of dance and theater students stretching themselves out before their class. Down this hallway is a bunch. More dance studios with mirrors along the walls and dance floors. What again? Just because it's Columbia, most of them are actually left by keypads. Another thing. Colombia is known for being on the forefront of LGBT eh issues and also accepting all students you can see here. There's a general neutral bathroom. A large majority of the campus buildings have at least one, if not more. Here we have the audio experimental lab and the electronics lab to places where you can work on some pretty dope projects. And they also have clubs dedicated do them here at Columbia. Now we're taking the elevators through the other section of the building to go up to the fourth floor, where there is the loft or the biggest bestest lounge. Once again, perhaps, which is the things that are going on on campus supposed to twice a week and in the loop, which is Colombia website to slash ab slash email thing. Or you can get all the information left. Four School. When you get to the loft, the first thing you do is you check in at the desk to your right, you give them your student I D number and then you can go on and go about your day. They also know what's going on in the loop. Another event. So what happening? And it's run by students. So it's also cool way to meet new people. Right now in the loop is some student organization training going on, and of course, there's food. We'll get back to that. But first I'm going to take a seat and see what's going on. This is one of the more studious days that happens at the loft. But often you'll find students taking a nap in one of the plush bean bags or generally grabbing whatever free food that has been left. Speaking of free food left, I got me a slice, a bagel, cream cheese, now off to class. Just around the corner from the music building is seventy two East eleven straight. Also Click Willie, known as the Theater Building as he passed by between the two buildings. Khun, See here there's this mural that was painted by a previous student. Here you can see Columbia values its art and its students and installs. He's kind of exhibit so that the world can see how talented it's students are. As you can see, it is a very busy time in the theater. Building Theater is one of the three largest departments here, Columbia. And that means during the transitional time between classes, you can see that the students tend to amass here. We're all waiting for the elevators to go up because this building is in fact six stories tall. This is the central Life blood area of the theater department. This is where audition postings or posted, as well as paid opportunities, even. And as you can see, this also is a lounge area for students. I very frequently running to my friends here. And there's a microwave for heating up your meals. Actually, I got distracted and started talking to one because I forgot. These are the directing projects for the year and they have posted photos, which is really exciting. As you can see here I am about to run into a professor and a friend looking Yeah, you blogger. Hi. Yeah. As you can see, we try to keep spirits led here, even though sometimes we can be a bit enthused. As you can see, this is a studio space with blocks, tables and chairs. This building is full of rooms like this one. However, this one does not have a date Ensler. But this is what the majority of the classrooms looked like in the theatre building. Here you can hear me riffing with a friend about the fact that they got kicked out of the stage combat room. However, they're always studios available. As noted, I wish him luck with their small sores, and I head downstairs to the lobby. This is the lobby of the theater building. It is not just the lobby of the building, but also the lobby for some of our theater performance spaces behind those double gray doors, there's also the either construction lab with through those glass doors, you see, this is seventy two East eleventh Street, the theater building at Columbia Hi taking on this campus in Chicago. So there's like restaurants everywhere. Constantly. I recommend wing stop devil dogs, Jimmy Johns. They're all great places that deliver and get out quick. Double dogs is ah, highly recommended. One fire. Just late night food. I'm standing outside the university centers cafeteria. Yeah. Lots of schools used the same cafeteria. Roosevelt t'pol Columbia were all in there. So non raises come through the back door. We get special little entrance that smells like french fries. Walk in. Give him your card. There's lots of food. It depends on the day. Why? Food is good. I'm gonna be honest. After all of my morning classes, I come here for lunch. It's a great place to just like, eat and forget it fuels it Feels like a like high school kind of quiet. You know, it's food, breadsticks or fired.