This semester has been everything it has promised to be and more. Much, much, more. Almost too much. Between household, graduate school applications, classes, work, the play, and my senior thesis, this semester has been filled to the brim with one thing after the next. Looking back on the semester thus far, the extra-full schedule has been well worth it because despite the late nights and early mornings, I feel like I am taking full advantage of the little time I have left here at Franciscan.
Most recently I have been involved with the Franciscan Film Club’s newest project, “The John Welch Show”, which is a pilot for a comedy sketch show made by and starring Franciscan University students. It has been a project that has been in the works since the beginning of the semester and is just now coming to fruition. After lots of pre-production writing and planning, filming, and editing, we finally accomplished our goal that we had set for ourselves at the beginning of the semester. I helped start the Franciscan Film Club my sophomore year, and it has been awesome opportunity for Communication Arts majors and anyone else who wishes to join to take what we learn in class and build upon it in a concrete way by taking on a myriad of different creative projects. Film Club is dynamic. It is creativity. It is collaboration. After three years of being apart of this creative community, I can honestly say that I’ve learned so much about how to work with others in a creative environment and in doing so have learned a lot about myself.
This past month I’ve also spent a significant amount of my time working on my senior thesis. One of the great things about being a Communication Arts major is that for your senior thesis you have the opportunity to make a short film. So this semester I wrote, shot, and edited a short film which I finally turned in on December 1st. It has been a long road, but I finally can say that I have made a film that not only am I proud of, but hopefully it is also a film that speaks to people. With all of these obstacles behind me, the last challenge I have to face before this semester is finals. When I look at everything that I’ve done this semester I know that I would not have been able to do any of this by myself. It is only with the help of my friends, loved, ones and God that I was able to make it through this semester. One of the great joys about going to a school like Franciscan, is that you never forget the real reason you do the things. Whether its late night studying, editing a film, or sitting in class, I know that it is all for the greater glory of God.
I’m Brian Robau, and I had a great time during my semester abroad in Austria. There’s something incredibly stimulating about traveling, trying new things, and going out of the everyday comfort zone. Maybe it’s the excitement of being in a new place, or anticipating the unknown. If there is anything that I’ve learned through attending Franciscan these past two years though, it is that everything starts and finishes in Christ.