Last month, students around campus were selected at random and interviewed about their major or emphasis, and a piece of meaningful work of art (whether a song, book, movie, or television show) that they believe is necessary for all students within their field to consume. In doing so, students made discoveries about the ways their passions and interests in studies were reflected in the shows they watched or culture they absorbed.
“After providing an explanation for my choice of entertainment, I realized that my major can be connected to so many ‘non-academic’ sources. The movie I suggested would probably never be shown in a traditional academic setting, but regardless, there is so much to learn from watching it,” describes Peyton Katz, U of R junior. “It allowed me to consider the ways in which my major could be useful outside of my career, and think about how my passion for psychology has transcended my academic work. Yes, it’s important to appreciate the discipline of the field, but it’s more important to apply and enjoy it within the real world setting.”
Below are some of the collected responses:
“My Girl. It’s an old movie but it shows the important effect of empathy within the medical profession when dealing with grief and illnesses. It is also a really good movie when you need a good cry.”
–Bella Sturr, sophomore, Biology major
“Lolita. The writing is unlike anything I’ve ever read before, and the narrator is antagonistic and unreliable, so it’s interesting.”
–Madeline Kildee, sophomore, English and Creative Writing double major.
“Brave New World. It combines an intriguing outlook on how propaganda, sex, and drugs can all come together to create an oppressive, dystopian society that gets more and more real everyday.”
–Oli Kaminski, sophomore, Psychology and Art double major
“The album Lateralus by Tool. It’s progressive metal, and the musicianship is so intricate you can listen to it and always find something new. Someone who admires the complexities of classical music would find parallels in this work of music, it’s just that creative.”
–Lily Mitchell, junior, Creative Writing major.
“The Carl Baermann Complete Method for Clarinet. It teaches all fundamentals.”
-Austin Simon, senior, Music Ed/Clarinet Performance
“What’s Eating Gilbert Grape?, because it’s a movie about understanding other people and having compassion for those who live with disorders.”
–Sophia Marrero, freshman, Comm Sci & Dis. major
“The Sound of Music, for its educational and historical value. Also, it’s a good film.”
-Megan Congdon, senior, Music Ed/Clarinet Performance
“Good Will Hunting, because the therapy breakthrough is the goal for all clients and therapists. Robin Williams as a therapist? It doesn’t get any better than that.”
-Faith Bagstad, senior, Psychology major
“The Soprano On Her Head. It’s about performance anxiety.”
-Paula Cevallos, senior, Vocal Performance
“Gone Baby Gone. I think it’s a great movie about how we as human beings process the same incidents differently than each other and it evaluates morality.”
-Peyton Katz, junior, Psychology major
“Saving Private Ryan. All of it, but especially the first scene.”
-Conor Cammann, junior, History major
“Interstellar. I’m into science-y stuff.”
-Justin Bonilla, freshman, Physics major
“The news. You gotta stay current.”
-Will Cunningham, senior, Political Science major
“The Butterfly Effect. It makes you think about how all of our actions matter in some way.”
-Alyssa Cortinas, senior, Psychology major
“Moneyball. It has to do with statistical analysis and using numbers to gain advantage over others. Plus, Chris Pratt is cool.”
-Jordan Levya, first year grad student, pursuing an M.B.A
“AK Lecture Youtube videos. I just think he’s amazing.”
-Becky Lopez, senior, Biology major
“The Torah. Enough said.”
-Celine Reitzin-Bass, senior, Johnston Emphasis: Jewish Music
As is clear from the responses listed above, Redlands students go above and beyond to find meaning in their education, both inside and outside of the classroom. Bringing passion together with knowledge is what Bulldogs do best.
Photograph by Luis Chavez.