10 Holiday Gift Ideas Any Film Major Will Love

10 Holiday Gift Ideas Any Film Major Will Love

Affordable gifts every film major will love.

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It's that time of year where you are looking for the perfect gifts your loved ones. If you are having trouble shopping for the film major or film lover in your life, then look no further. These gifts are perfect for any aspiring film majors that are super hard to shop for.

1. Gourmet Popcorn 

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Popcorn is a staple for movie watching, and it's personally my favorite food. Gourmet popcorn may be hard to find in your city, but Garrett Popcorn in Chicago delivers right to your door. Each bucket of popcorn varies depending on size and flavor, but a classic bucket of buttery popcorn goes for $28.

2. DVDs

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If they still collect DVDs then this is a great gift. Just make sure you check their collection so you don't get them any duplicates.

3. iTunes/Amazon/Google Play Gift Cards

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This is a perfect way your movie lover can still get movies if they don't like collecting physical DVDs.

4. The Wes Anderson Collection

This book is an overview of every Wes Anderson film. It features previously unpublished behind-the-scenes photos, artwork, and ephemera.

You can buy it on Amazon for $38.99

5. A Lens Mug

This mug is perfect for drinking coffee during late night writing/editing sessions. Plus, it creates the illusion that you are drinking from a camera lens which will freak some people out if you are into that.

You can get it on Amazon for $22.95

6. Funko Pop Vinyl Figures

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Funko Pops are the perfect decoration if you are wanting to add some character for your desk or bookshelf. You can buy them for around $22 at various retail stores or on Amazon.

7. External Hard Drive

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This is a must-have for anyone who has large files on their computer. This Allows you to take more photos and video while still having plenty of memory on your computer.

Get a 2T external hard drive from Amazon for $59.99.

8. 100 Movie Scratch Off Poster

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This Poster is A way to challenge your movie lover to get out of their comfort zone and watch more films. You can make a bet with them and see how many films on this list they can watch in 2019.

Get it here for $15.00.

9. Bluetooth Headphones

Bluetooth headphones are perfect for anyone who spends long hours on their computer writing or editing. You can use them to block out the noise or give people the illusion that they are super focused so they won't be bothered while they are working.

Get a pair of JBL T450 Headphones on Amazon for $34.99

10. A Memory Card

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You can never have enough memory cards, especially when you are working in film.

You can get a 64 GB SD card on Amazon for $23.

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To The Teacher Who Was So Much More

Thank you for everything
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I think it's fair to say that most people remember at least one teacher who had a lasting impact on them. I have been incredibly lucky to have several teachers who I will never forget, but one individual takes the cake. So here's to you: thank you for all you have done.

Thank you for teaching me lessons not just in the textbook.

Although you taught a great lecture, class was never just limited to the contents of the course. Debates and somewhat heated conversations would arise between classmates over politics and course material, and you always encouraged open discussion. You embraced the idea of always having an opinion, and always making it be heard, because why waste your voice? You taught me to fight for things I believed in, and to hold my ground in an argument. You taught me to always think of others before doing and speaking. You showed me the power of kindness. Thank you for all the important lessons that may not have been included in the curriculum.

Thank you for believing in me.

Especially in my senior year, you believed in me when other teachers didn't. You showed me just what I could accomplish with a positive and strong attitude. Your unwavering support kept me going, especially when I melted into a puddle of tears weekly in your office. You listened to my stupid complaints, understood my overwhelming stress-induced breakdowns, and told me it was going to be okay. Thank you for always being there for me.

Thank you for inspiring me.

You are the epitome of a role model. Not only are you intelligent and respected, but you have a heart of gold and emit beautiful light where ever you go. You showed me that service to others should not be looked at as a chore, but something to enjoy and find yourself in. And I have found myself in giving back to people, thanks to your spark. Thank you for showing me, and so many students, just how incredible one person can be.

Thank you for changing my life.

Without you, I truly would not be where I am today. As cliche as it sounds, you had such a remarkable impact on me and my outlook on life. Just about a year has passed since my graduation, and I'm grateful to still keep in touch. I hope you understand the impact you have made on me, and on so many other students. You are amazing, and I thank you for all you have done.

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Studying the LSAT and Working Full Time

How to make room for advancing your future while maintaining the present.

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Working full time and studying for the LSAT proves a delicate tightrope that many people grapple to tread. If you find yourself in such a situation, then some good news is on the horizon as many have juggled the requirements of both aspects seamlessly in the past. Today we take a look at what these individuals did and how you too can effectively balance the scales without leaning too much to one side or the other.


Starting early

Having a full-time job leaves little morsels of time to work with and often the best approach entails beginning early so that the collective total makes up constructive study hours in the long run. As a general rule of thumb for the working class, start a minimum of 4 but preferably 6 months to the date of the test. Science dictates that there are half a dozen intellectual and quality hours per day and with a demanding job breathing down your neck, you can only set aside about a third of that for productive LSAT test prep. With 3 months being the measure of ideal study time for a full-time student, you'll need double that period to be sufficiently up to par.


Maximizing your mornings

Studying in the evenings after a grueling and intellectually draining day at work is as good as reading blank textbooks. It's highly unlikely you'll be able to grasp complex concepts at this time, so start your mornings early so that you can devote this extra time when you are at your mental pinnacle to unraveling especially challenging topics. Evening study times should only be for refresher LSAT prep or going through light subject matters requiring little intellectual initiative. For those who hit their stride at night, take some time to unwind and complete your chores before getting down to business well before bedtime.

Taking some time off

All work and no play does indeed make Jack a dull boy and going back and forth between work and study is a sure-fire recipe for disaster. So take some time off of work every now and then, preferably during weekdays- you can ask for a day off every fortnight or so- as weekends are a prime study period free of work obligations. Such breaks reduce fatigue, better study performance and increase the capacity for information retention.

Prioritizing study

Given the scarce oasis of free time in your busy schedule, you cannot afford to miss even a single session and this commitment is important in spreading out the burden so that it is not overwhelming as you approach the finish line. Be sure to have a clear schedule in place and even set reminders/alarms to help enforce your timetable. If it's unavoidable to miss a single session, set aside a makeup as soon as possible.


Last but not least, have a strong finish. Once you are approaching the home run i.e. about 2 or 3 weeks to the test, take this time off to shift your focus solely to the test. The last month can make or break your LSAT test prep and it'll be hard to concentrate on working whilst focusing completely on the test.

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