On Tuesday, February 23rd, the college held its first “Halfway There Event,” when students who have earned 60 credits or more were recognized for their progress. Chris Conole, one of two student speakers, explained that he had been interested in film ever since middle school but was hesitant to study film in college. The problem was that he comes from a family full of scientists and engineers. When he first mentioned his possible interest to his mom, she reacted as if he had told her he was ill, and she wanted a second opinion. Despite the skepticism, he kept making films with his friends.
“My very first interest in film came when I got my first camcorder and opted to do short films instead of writing papers for my school projects,” Conole explained. (It’s worth noting that everyone calls him by his last name and pronounces it like the Italian pastry. He’s that kind of guy.) As he practiced filming and editing videos, his family finally became curious about his work and then supportive as he applied to the Film+Media program at Burlington College.