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Posted by Kimberly Capehart at 8:00PM   |  3 comments
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Blog posting by Kimberly Capehart, Documentary Studies and Production ’16, FLEFF Blogger, Cherry Hill, New Jersey

As a freshman in college, lots of things in the past 7 months have seemed intimidating.

It was intimidating to start all over at the bottom of the social food chain in a brand new school. It was intimidating to make friends. And it was, and will continue to be, intimidating to start new classes and to meet new professors.

When I first heard of FLEFF, however, I didn’t feel intimidated. As a Documentary Studies and Production major pursuing a minor in Environmental Studies, I thought I had found the perfect opportunity.

In fact, I didn’t feel any sort of intimidation at all until I returned to Ithaca after winter break; that’s when I got really nervous. I was nervous about being the youngest person in the room. I was nervous about my complete and total lack of experience. And, above all, I was nervous to interview people.

Looking back to that time, only a month ago, and writing this now, I find all of these stressers to be comical. All of my intimidation and fear subsided as soon as I met with the blogging team for the first time. It turns out I’m not the only freshman. It turns out that I’m not the only one with zero experience. And above all, it turns out that talking to people really isn’t that scary.

It’s only been one month, but I’m proud to say that that intimidated freshman is now an enthusiastic member of the FLEFF blogging team who takes on things she never thought she would at only eighteen (her favorite of which is flash mobbing).

For anyone out there who might still be intimidated by FLEFF: don’t be! The theme of this year’s festival is Mobilities, which is all about the sharing of ideas and passions between people. And while the thought of sharing ideas may seem intimidating, it all starts and ends with conversation.  If I could do, you can do it.

Who are you looking forward to meeting and sharing ideas with at the festival?


3 Comments

Kimberly,

This post is awesome and is something that everyone on staff should take a look at. It is also a great read for anyone who plans to join the FLEFF team next year! This is amazing work and I'm so proud of you!

Thanks,

Jonathan

Thank you, Jonathan! I think it's important for all students to take the amazing opportunities on campus to talk to guests who are coming to the festival, so I hope reading this may calm some fears that are out there!

Kimberly,
Great post! Your honesty is refreshing, and your growth as a person commendable. Your posts, and those of your teammates, are upbeat and very informative. Your inviting tone draws me into the world of FLEFF. As an Ithaca parent, and film enthusiast, I am excited to follow your journey, and the personal insight you share.



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