Dustin R

Academic Area:
Production and Design – Telecommunications,  College of Arts and Sciences

Chesterton, IN

Undergraduate Institution:
Augsburg College. Minneapolis, MN [Theater Arts Major (Performance, Directing/Dramaturgy/Playwriting, and Technical) and English (Creative Writing) with minors in Religion and Media Writing]

Research Interests:
Transmedia Storytelling, Narratology, Theater Arts, Musical Theater, Producing, Fantasy, Science Fiction, Screenwriting, Visual Storytelling.

The Best Thing About Being a Graduate Student at IUB:
My Favorite thing about being a graduate student at IUB is that the faculty truly care about what you believe in. At this point in your career you are no longer a peon, but you are either already considered a professional or an aspiring one. Faculty treat you like a peer or colleague rather than a student. I have had close personal relationships with my advisers, and I have been inspired by them rather than told what I was doing was wrong. IUB has a wonderful community on a beautiful campus, and I am happy with the relationships I am forging on this campus.

Insider tip about living in Bloomington:
Get a BIKE! The campus can be walked, but it is big. Parking is not very good on campus so, again, get a bike. Also, shop at ALDIS grocery store. You can get $200 worth of groceries for $100. I love food so I recommend the Crazy Horse Salad at Crazy Horse, El Rancheros for Mexican food, and Mother Bear’s Pizza. Come check out the campus before you decide to attend the school, and start looking for apartments early. Advice for surviving grad school comes in the form of double dipping. You can’t do one assignment for two classes, but you can make every class work toward your thesis/dissertation and/or master’s project. Tailor every project to a final goal and they will accumulate into a larger piece of work. In terms of surviving the social scene, remember to meet lots of new people. Everyone is alone and scared when they first get here. Reach out to others. There will be many hours of alone time and loneliness is a real problem, but you are never truly alone—call your parents or long distance friends if you need to, but look for fellowship, outreach programs, and other avenues of friendship. Don’t simply rely on the party scene. You have two free counseling sessions—use them! With all of that, always remember to have fun. Grad school is not as scary as it sounds. In fact, it’s an amazing time.

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Making Graduate School Your Home

During my time at graduate school, one of my favorite things has been making Bloomington, IN my home. I love my family very much, and when I visit them, I feel as though I am at home, but it is only in my one-bedroom apartment, that I know I am home. I live alone, and I love living alone, but it is not just because I am an introvert, which I am—even though no one believes me—it is because I feel most like myself when I’m in Bloomington.

I have fostered habits, which have cultivated into a lifestyle, which I tend to lose when I leave Bloomington. This is my own vice, but I like who I have become in graduate school. I have met great friends, I have become a member of loving fellowships, and I have worked with intriguing professionals. When I walk into a coffee shop, the people know who I am; they even notice when I get a haircut. The long and short of it is, people care.

I’ve never felt so at home with myself anywhere else. It’s not because Bloomington is a great campus (which it is) or even that the people are inherently friendly (which they are), it’s that graduate school taught me to be okay with myself. I learned to like myself, and that has made all of the difference.

When I leave, I will have to bring the qualities I care about with me, but one thing is for sure, I will always have a special place for Indiana University in my heart. I will miss the friends I have made, but I will take them with me wherever I go, and I will never lose touch with them or myself. Graduate school has made me the man I am today, and while home is where the heart is, I have learned to carry that heart a little better.

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