Gwen Asbury

MA in Film and Media Studies
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What are your plans for the future?

I plan on continuing to be involved with film & media education while using my creative, problem-solving, and organizing skills in a non-profit, independent production, and/or small local business setting.

Describe a defining moment in your time in the School of the Arts.

I organized a SOTA Grad School Info Session in the Fall of 2018. This experience helped me realize how much I enjoy organizing events, esp. when the event's intent is to educate and inform. I also will forever appreciate the support and help that all of SOTA, the FMS Department, and my fellow FMS grad students provided in making the event possible.

Being a part of the Film and Media Graduate Council during my time at KU has been nothing but a constant joy. We put on a wonderful Symposium/Showcase of student work every Spring. We have game nights, movie afternoons, writing accountability groups, and have a strong sense of community. Even now as I write this during our pandemic-induced virtual Spring 2020, we have been staying connected and looking out for one another. I am going to miss everyone in FMGC so much and am so thankful for my time as an FMS grad student at KU.

What has influenced your creativity here at KU?

All of the amazing creative works faculty show in the classes they teach have definitely had a huge impact on me, as a creator, scholar, and educator. Of course, seeing what faculty, staff, undergrads, and my fellow graduate students create has also been a huge inspiration. When you are in a community of people who think creatively about their work (whether that work is more scholarly or more production-oriented in nature), I don't think you can help but be positively influenced by the atmosphere.