L&S Viewpoints

James Bianco graduated in 2008 with a degree in global studies. He now lights up the Hollywood soundboards as a music supervisor for popular commercials, TV shows and films, with credits like CBS'  "NCIS: Los Angeles" to his name. Academic Advising Associate Brandi Gilbert interviewed him about his journey to get to where he is now in the entertainment business and his words of wisdom for current Gauchos.

What are you up to now, post-graduation?

I am a music supervisor and music editor. I work with a seasoned music supervisor at his company Wike Music. As music supervisors, we are in charge of putting together all of the music that you hear in feature...

Jessica Chappell double majored in Aquatic Biology and Spanish and earned her undergraduate degree in 2008. Now she's back in school working on her Ph.D. in Integrative Conservation and diving into the rivers of Puerto Rico. Academic Advising Associate Brandi Gilbert interviewed her about how her degree has led her to where she is now and what advice she has for current Gauchos.

What are you up to now, post-graduation?
I am currently a Ph.D. graduate student at the University of Georgia in the Integrative Conservation Program and Ecology Department. In this program, students from both natural and social sciences learn to collaborate and find integrative...

With the Carsey-Wolf Center (CWC) Script to Screen program celebrating it's fourth season premeire with a screening of 500 Days of Summer, and Q&A with the screenwriter Scott Neustadter (The Fault In Our Stars, The Spectacular Now and the upcoming Paper Towns) on October 12, we thought is was a good time to revisit this post originally published on June 3, 2014. (editor's note)

Experiencing Film

Like most people, I love watching a good...

Because a seemingly endless amount of information—aka the Internet—is literally at our fingertips whenever we want it, finding out more about something can often happen without ever looking away from our computer screens. Want to know more about a certain career? Just Google it. Read, read, and read some more. We could spend hours, days, even weeks doing this. While the information we uncover would undoubtedly be interesting and useful, nothing beats the in-person, real-life experience of talking to someone in your field of interest.

A Career Services event I attended in May is a testament to this fact. “Careers in...

On May 18, UCSB Arts & Lectures hosted three-time Pulitzer Prize winner Rick Atkinson for an afternoon talk on his Liberation Trilogy, which details the Allied victory over the Axis Powers in World War II. Upon finding out about the event, I was immediately interested because my grandparents on both sides of the family grew up in Europe during World War II. Much of my life has been shaped by values that came out of their experiences and were passed on to me. ...

Like most people, I love watching a good movie. It’s the perfect way to relax, be entertained, and maybe even learn something all at the same time. But I’ve often wanted to know more about what goes on before a film premieres on the big screen or makes it to my living room neatly packaged in a DVD case.

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On a recent Thursday evening, UCSB held an inaugural humanities event, the Diana and Simon Raab Writer-in-Residence Series, which over the course of the next seven years will give students and members of the community opportunity to engage with the practitioners of the craft of writing. This event was recommended to me by my Professional Business Communication Writing instructor, Dr. LeeAnne Kryder. It was particularly exciting because the series will be a resource for students who pursue writing to enjoy in the...

Last month, UCSB welcomed thousands of admitted students and their families to campus for its annual open house, Spring Insight. The event allowed students to get a feel for UCSB and explore everything it has to offer one last time before making their final college decisions.

But admitted students aren’t the only ones who get something out of Insight. Even though I made my college decision four years ago, Insight is one of my favorite events of the school year. Don’t get me wrong, there are plenty of other campus events I love too, but there’s something different about Insight—something bigger, something better...

What are you going to do with a degree in Classics? In Italian? Comparative Literature? How does a degree in Religious Studies apply to the real world? How is your major relevant to a future career? Do you plan to teach? If you’re an Arts or Humanities major, chances are people have asked you questions like these or you’ve asked them yourself.  I’ve been in both situations at times. To be fair, all students get asked what they plan to do with their degree, but when you’re an Arts or Humanities major, it sometimes feels that the inquirer doesn’t think you have many options. When you’re trying to figure out what...