“The very first time I broke my ankle was when I was about seven years old. I was at summer camp, and I tripped walking off of a stair and my ankle tucked underneath me and snapped. And I was very upset, not only because of the pain but because that following Monday, the camp was going to Six Flags, and I wasn’t able to go because I had to go get a cast instead.”
“It was the week before May 1, and I was getting ready to make my enrollment deposit. I thought for sure I was going to Stockton University, but there was something in the back of my mind holding me back. I felt that I couldn’t walk away from the opportunities Elizabethtown College has to offer, so a day later, I made my deposit at Elizabethtown College and haven’t regretted it since. I feel like the college is providing me the opportunities to give me the confidence to move along with my future.”
“I was born in India, so when I was four and a half years old my family and I moved to America. We did a lot of shopping before we came because we wanted to make sure we had the best clothes when we arrived. My mom found me a matching outfit that had Mickey Mouse on it, and I was so excited because I love Mickey. When we arrived in America, we stayed with my uncle and my cousin, Levin, who was the same age as me. When my first day of school arrived, Levin and I got ready, with me wearing my matching Mickey outfit. I got to class, and I didn’t know a lot of English, so I stood in front of class and introduced myself and when I sat down, the girl next to me asked me if I was wearing pajamas. I didn’t know what pajamas were, but I was mortified. I was so embarrassed. I was so angry at my mom for sending me to school in pajamas, and I was even more mad at Levin for letting my mom send me to school in pajamas.”
Valentina Miniscalco is a sophomore psychology major at Elizabethtown College, but she is originally from Montgomeryville, Pennsylvania. She was born on June 20, 1997 to Ronald and Donna Miniscalco just minutes after her twin brother, Vincent, was born. Tina, as she likes to be called, moved to Chalfont, Pennsylvania when she was three years old, which is where she currently resides with her parents, Vincent, her two dogs, Sasha and Cody, and her cat, Tiger.
Tina grew up dancing, playing soccer and softball, and competing in gymnastics, but her sports career was cut short after several joint dislocations, making it difficult for her to even raise her arms above her head now. Even though Tina was very active in sports, she did not neglect her academics; growing up, she was on the honor roll often and helped tutor other students.
Now, Tina enjoys going to the gym because it gives her a place to de-stress where she does not have to worry about school work. She also likes spending time with friends, especially going out to new places to eat. For example, her and a friend recently visited a small crepe place that she recently discovered in Hershey, Pennsylvania, which Tina described as “quaint and yummy”. Tina is also very immersed in the psychology department here at Elizabethtown with classes and outside lectures that she often attends.
In the future, Tina hopes to become a child-life specialist, working with sick children in hospitals to help them overcome their situations and ensure their happiness.
“Get Out,” the feature-length directorial debut of Jordan Peele, is an intriguing film about a young African American man named Chris Washington (Daniel Kaluuya), who goes on a weekend trip with his white girlfriend named Rose Armitage (Allison Williams) to visit her family. Peele takes a simple plot and twists it into a compelling and terrifying film about race in America today.
The film builds tension expertly throughout with well-crafted scenes that make audiences slightly uncomfortable, anticipating what will happen next. A lot of the tense scenes get right in the actors’ faces, creating a claustrophobic feeling in viewers that translates well into the mood of the film. The music also helps with the mood of the film, providing a soft-eerie backdrop for the twists and turns that happen. Some may consider the slow, building nature of the film to be boring, but the film keeps audiences interested the whole time and the payoff at the end is definitely worth it.
The actors in the film are also excellent. Daniel Kaluuya, in particular, plays Chris extraordinarily well as Chris’s nerves escalate through the film, managing to visibly become more and more uncomfortable with each passing scene. Allison Williams also is exceptional as Chris’s girlfriend, Rose, specifically toward the end after Rose’s role develops at the climax. Lil Rel Howery also deserves a mention for managing to bring a great deal of levity to the otherwise dark film, causing audiences to laugh out loud even during the most uneasy moments of the film.
The film is also beautifully shot and includes many little blink-and-you-will-miss-them details throughout that foreshadow later events. One of the most interesting scenes, visually, is the scene where Chris goes to “the sunken place”. The scene is almost dream-like in its imagery, it slowly becomes more like a nightmare due to the dark content; much like the film itself, which begins normally and slowly becomes more and more terrifying
“Get Out” is a brilliant film that deserves all the acclaim it has been receiving. It is one of the few times that I have been in a theater in which an audience cheered during the film; it is truly an amazing film that everyone should experience.