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Class of 2018 and Beyond

May 15, 2018

What an amazing ride these last two semesters have been. Exploring Greece with LU Send, finding hidden places to study, vlogging, and creating videos for Liberty Social Media. Also, as of this week, I will be graduating with a Bachelor’s of Science in Cinematic Arts. Wow… I can’t believe I’m finally done. Am I excited to graduate? Yes! However, I (as with most grads) am nervous about what the future holds. See, I’m very comfortable here in Lynchburg. I have friends to hang out with, I know where the best coffee shop is, the best place to run or bike, and I’m finally settled into my cozy apartment. But that’s just the thing… it’s too comfortable. Have you ever sat on a couch that completely envelops you with its plush cushions? You sit down and never want to get up… it’s basically a black hole. That is college. College is that dangerous couch. The longer you sit in that couch the more you don’t ever want to leave. Now college is not a bad thing by any means, in fact I credit my success (so far) in filmmaking to my education. But what is a bad thing is to never apply the information you learned in college because you’ve fallen into the trap of being comfortable or are afraid of failure. College is the place to learn and grow academically, spiritually, and emotionally. You get grades in class for a reason… grades tell you what you did wrong, what you failed in, and how you can improve. Unless you get a perfect score… you failed an assignment by a certain percentage. However, failures are not bad. They tell you how to improve. Without failures you won’t learn. College is the only place where it is acceptable to fail. In life after college, failures ostensibly could cost you your job. That is what makes life after college uncomfortable. Most would agree that being uncomfortable is defined as being outside your comfort zone. Most of us (including me) find it difficult to try things outside our comfort zone. But the thing is, once you graduate you already outside your comfort zone so there is no excuse to try things that are already in that zone; things that make you uncomfortable. Examples include: Moving to a new city, starting a new job, finding a new church, and making new friends. Graduation shoves you outside your comfort zone for a reason… embrace the discomfort and thrive.


So, what am I doing after college? Well, I am moving to Los Angeles to start a full-time internship at Disney’s Yellow Shoes, the advertising department of The Walt Disney Company, to create commercials and social media content for the brand. I am also going to be making new friends, finding a church to get plugged into, and overall starting a new chapter of my life. I have no idea what the next year is going to behold but I can only trust that God has a plan for me just as He had a plan for Luke in Acts 20:22, “And now, compelled by the Spirit, I am going to Jerusalem, not knowing what will happen to me there.”



Alex Bartz

Cinematic Arts

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