Snape, the Real Hero

So, one of my favorite things in the world is fandoms. I love so many books, movies, comics, storylines, but my ultimate favorite fandom is Harry Potter.

My friend Kathleen Ramseyer and I are taking a Critical Rhetoric class (COMM 485) at Cal State LA, and we were talking about Joseph Campbell’s monomyth wheel. The Hero’s journey was introduced by Campbell in “The Hero with a Thousand Faces (1949)” in which he describes a common template for the hero’s journey.

We completely nerded out, and picked Snape as the real hero in Harry Potter.

  • Departure – This is the call to Adventure! The hero begins in his/her mundane average life but, new information comes to light that calls the hero off into the unknown.
    • Ordinary World – Dual life as a Death Eater and professor at Hogwarts.
    • Call to Adventure – Protecting Lily no matter the consequence. Even when he learns that Voldemort wants her dead.
    • Refusal of the Call – Mistreatment of Harry as a student. Doesn’t want to accept Harry as a piece of Lily, all that remains of her love.  Often when the initial call is given the hero refuses to believe or accept it. There may  be a variety of reasons for the initial denial of the call; this may be a sense of duty, obligation, fear, insecurity, inadequacy, or lack of support.
      • “No, I can’t”; the fear comes
    • Meeting the Mentor. Also sometimes known as supernatural aid. Once the hero commits to the quest, consciously or unconsciously, their guide becomes known. This mentor aides our hero through the challenges and aid him/her through their quest.
      • Overcome the fear by meeting the mentor – When Snape officially decides to align with Dumbledore and to prove that Lily’s death was not in vain.
  • Initiation
    • Crossing the First Threshold – Snape’s first real crossing is when he protects Harry during his first Quidditch match. He is countering the spell that the Professor Quirrell was producing, in public unbeknownst to him, in the presence of Lord Voldemort. This is when the hero first crosses into the unknown, begins their adventure, and leaves the comforts and limits of their ordinary life.
    • Allies, Enemies and Tests- If you can’t name at least 3 of these off the top of your head, re-read the books!  The hero works through a series of trials, tests, tasks and ordeals in order to begin their transformation into a hero.
      • Hero begins to experiment with the new world, who’s on my side, what’s good/ what’s evil
    • Approaching the Inmost Cave – When Snape is helping Harry to keep Lord Voldemort’s thoughts out of his mind, they are working on invading each other’s memories. Harry is able to access Snape’s memories of school witnessing the tormenting by Harry’s father and the kindness of Lily learning Snape’s love for his mother. This point (in my opinion) is critical to the hero’s journey. At this point the hero shows their acceptance to undergo a metamorphosis. The hero begins the final separation of the hero’s known world and former self.
      • Struggle in the new world
    • Ordeal – Snape must kill Dumbledore to keep in Lord Voldemort’s favor and continue to fight the good fight.
      • Hero has to go through a severe test
    • Rewards – They finally learn that Snape is on the hero side after all.
      • if the hero survives there is a payoff
  • Return
    • The Road Back- Snape sacrifices himself for the cause.
      • Hero collects him or herself and starts the finishing point
    • Resurrection – In his honor, Harry names his firstborn son after Severus Snape
      • Hero has to face death one more time, but in a deeper way
    • Return with The Elixir – Snape is forever remembered as a hero, and that goodness will always prevail over evil.
      • The hero learns a lesson and brings back something good to share with everyone else.

Through using Joseph Campbell’s Monomyth Wheel, we were able to explain how Severus Snap is the real hero of this series.

Check out the pictograph that Kat made here!!!

Thanks for nerding out with us! (:

“After all this time?”
“Always,” said Snape.”

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I’m going to be on the radio!!!

Hey everyone!

As promised last week, I will be on Golden Eagle Radio’s awesome host Marcus aka Phenex 101’s show todayyy [ Monday May 11 @ 3 p.m. & Tuesday May 12 @ 4 p.m. pacific time ]!!!

The topic is break ups! Just some insight from two of  Cal State LA’s most awesome Communication majors (; No, but really, if you’ve recently broken up, are in the process of breaking up, or thinking about breaking you, you should totally tune into this show at: goldeneagleradio.org !!!

No, I did not talk about my most recent break up. Well, I did mention it but I did not go into details. That’s private!!!


I’m really proud of both of us, this was my first time actually being on the radio, so, be nice!

I hope you guys enjoy. Please give us your feedback via Facebook or Instagram.

“With radio, the listener absorbs everything.”
– Bob Edwards

JOIN US: GOLDEN EAGLE FILM FESTIVAL

So, as you guys may or may not know, I’m part of a couple different organizations here at Cal State LA. One of them is Cinematic Visions. We are Cal State LA’s film club, and we are super excited because we have a huge event coming up! If you are a Cal State LA student and would like to join, please contact one of the Board Members, via Facebook! Click the link above!!!

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I had a one on one quick little interview with the Cinematic Visions President: Cruz Castillo and this is what he had to say:

E: “What is Cinematic Visions?”
C: “CV is Cal State LA’s official film club and it’s been around for over 10 years; we work in tangent with the Golden Eagle Film Festival. It’s a place for students [of any major] who are interested in the Entertainment Industry to come together and work on projects, make films, produce products, network and teach each other new things.”

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E: “What are you doing for the Golden Eagle Film Festival?”
C: “The club has been in charge of gearing all of the paper work up for the event since the beginning of the year, [the club] has been in charge of keeping up with all of the social media relating the festival, [the club has] been in charge of setting up local bands and other school groups like Golden Eagle Radio and Golden Eagle TV, so they can work in tangent with us [Cinematic Visions]. We are going to have Cal State LA organizations like the Animation Club, HerCampus, Golden Eagle Radio, among others, have their own local booths at the festival, because the purpose of this festival is to network and advertise.”

E: “What are you personally doing for the festival?”
C: “I am the director of the film festival, I deal with the budget, the paperwork and all of the people involved.”

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E: What are you hoping to get from the Film Festival?
C: “I am hoping that this will be an opportunity for students to showcase their work. Since Cal State LA is one of the most diverse campuses in the United States, and Los Angeles is the heart of the Entertainment Industry, it would be a great chance for all students to come together and let Los Angeles know what they’re all about.”

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E: How are you funding the Golden Eagle Film Festival?
C: “We are getting money from a lot of different venues. ASI [Associated Students Inc.] is helping us a lot. Also, Dr. John Ramirez, the head Chair of the Television, Film and Media Studies Department here at Cal State LA, is helping us get money through the TVF 454: Special Topics in BCST class. Cinematic Visions has also been fundraising all year long to raise money for the festival. We have an IndieGoGo page.”

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E: Can you explain what IndieGoGo is?
C: “IndieGoGo is a way to campaign to raise money for independent projects, so please help us out and donate!”

If you are interested in donating to our wonderful cause, please watch this INDIEGOGO Video, and hopefully you will be convinced to help us out!

The GOLDEN EAGLE FILM FESTIVAL WILL BE HELD ON: May 29th 7 p.m. – 11 p.m. and May 30th 8 p.m. – 11 p.m. At Cal State LA. Free of charge.

This is one of the many amazing organizations that I am part of here at Cal State LA, and if you are interested in joining, please be sure to contact us!

Comm Majors

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Okay, so all of you who read my blog consistently know that I’m a Communication Studies Major, more specifically Public Relations emphasis. Well, if you’ve ever interacted with us Cal State LA majors and you’re from a different major you know we mean business. Let me explain this a little bit…

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There are three main emphases here at Cal State LA: Public Relational and Organizational Communication, Social Change and Rhetoric and Interpersonal Communication Language/ Social Interaction. There was one more emphasis but it isn’t offered anymore. Now, if you interact with us on a regular, you know that [from my experience] PRs are insane. They are outgoing and fun, they talk wayyyy too much, they can keep up with several conversations at once and we are the biggest emphasis. The Rhetoricals are crazy smart, they will literally analyze the crap out of whatever you’re saying and throw it back in your face. I’m kind of jealous. The Interpersonals are the sweetest. They truly care about you at all times, how you’re feeling, how you’re doing, they’re like the best friends to have.

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I’ve heard people say, “how can you keep up with so many conversations? How do you guys even pay attention to each other if you’re all talking over each other?” Well, it’s a gift. Duh. Seriously. Unless you’re one of us you have no idea how awesome we are. We are intimidating to the outsider, but overall, we are the coolest people around.       11009387_10155350023765198_6347948447465923251_n   11139366_10155382789585198_1674644615545318545_n

This is one of my favorite articles that list things that people actually say to use, like, daily. But really, Comm majors get the best jobs. *Cross your fingers* Check this out!

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So, we have the coolest classes, the most amazing professors [I have to write a blog post for my Capstone class!] and the greatest students. We all truly care about each other. It’s insane. One of my besties Jami, says “we just have so much love for each other.” It’s so true. You’re having problems in your love life? Don’t worry, between all of us we will figure it out by the end of the day. You don’t get something in one of your classes? Chances are there are about 6 people around you that have either taken that class or actually understand what’s going on, and they’ll explain everything to you. Need somewhere to live? Don’t fret, we got you. Whether you’re stressing about homework and papers or wanting to go out and get crazy, we’ve got you.

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I don’t think I’ve ever been this happy. Friends, I just want to thank you so so so much. I seriously love you. Like, a lot. I know I get crazy and loud, but thank you for putting up with the loudness. You guys are seriously the best. I just, can’t even. I’m gonna cry! I’m so happy I joined Lambda Pi Eta, Cinematic Visions and Golden Eagle Radio. With out you guys in my life, I could have never been this happy.

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“To effectively communicate, we must realize that we are all different in the way we perceive the world and use this understanding as a guide to our communication with others.”

– Tony Robbins

Feelings … end of college

IMG_3243 It’s been really hard to articulate anything the past couple of weeks. It’s been a crazy ride, and here we are… my last quarter of my last year of my undergrad career in college. I’m scared.IMG_2943  I’m scared for not knowing the future. I’m scared that my plan has been changed. I’m scared of screwing up.

I’ve realized, I’m beyond happy right now. When I’m at school, I can not feel any more excited to be here. Everything about it, being excited to see everyone, being in need of wanting to see what will happen and what we will learn in class. I love being involved. I love walking throughout campus and hug and talk to people all day everyday.

I think that’s what the biggest bummer is. I’m scared and sad that this will end in June. I won’t be able to see everyone every other day, it will be every once in a blue moon. I won’t have all of our inside jokes, or any of that.IMG_3044

It feels like I finally know what college is about. It’s not about where you go to college or where you live while you’re in school. It’s about learning things that make you a better person. It’s about learning things that you are passionate about and get excited about. It’s about your heart pumping so hard because of how happy you are. It’s sitting with your friends in a circle on the floor, talking about all of our problems or worries. It’s about all of the love that we share, the common interests, and care. It’s about having 8 conversations going on at once in a room and being able to be a part of each one. Man, I’m going to miss my comm majors. There is no other major like us.

IMG_3039Honestly, I’m happy that when I look back at my time at Cal State LA, I will have no regrets.

“Don’t count the days, make the days count”

Graduation

So guess what everyone??? I’m GRADUATING. I can’t believe it. I found out last Tuesday. I thought I still had to be here for a couple more quarters but I guess I don’t. I thought I would until at least December ’15 .

I know that sounds confusing, graduating is an elaborate process. Here is how it works is as follows: there is one graduation ceremony. a year. Let’s take this school year as an example. If you are finishing all of your courses during Winter ’14, Spring’15, Summer ’15 or Fall ’15 you qualify to walk in the Spring 2015 graduation ceremony. So basically I thought I  had until December to finish my courses.  Now I will be finishing 6 months early. In June.

Any who, so now I’m freaking out. I thought I had a while to figure it out. I thought I  had over a year. Not 7 months. What am I going to do? I don’t know how other people do the whole spontaneous things. I’m a planner. I can’t just move to China, or Chicago or whatever. I need to know how I’m going to be able to feed myself. And clothe myself. The point is. I don’t have a clue what to do.

I’ve known what was going to happen since 2009. I would graduate high school, then go to PCC (community college) and then I would transfer to a university (turns out it was CSULA) and then … THEN WHAT?!? I mean it took forever to be able to get out of PCC, because classes were so difficult to get. Then, I get here and I just get it done. I got the classes. I did well. And now I can see the finish line. It was just 4 months ago that I was sitting at PCC’s commencement.

So what to do now… I have my job basically secured as long as I’m a student at CSULA. This means I will most likely be unemployed starting mid-June for the first time in over 3 years.

Do I get a new job?

Do I apply to Grad school?

Do I move?

Do I travel?

Do I even  want to go to a Grad school not in LA?

What do I want my Master’s Degree in?

All of this is going through my mind right now. I don’t know what to do. I need opinions. I need help. Ideas? I’ll keep you posted.