Hello/Privyet/Guten Tag/Sawasdee khrap everyone! (pick the language you prefer to be greeted in)
My name is Jason Robinson, and I am from everywhere. I was raised in a military family, so I have spent approximately 15 years of my life living everywhere except here! I have attended school in Moscow, Vienna, Frankfurt, and Bangkok, so I’m really excited to have a guaranteed 4 years living in the same general area! Here at Maryland, I am transitioning from the school of music to the school of engineering (makes sense, right?), and I am trying my darndest to be a civil or electrical engineer. I’ve been playing trombone since 5th grade, so music has been a consistent part of my life throughout all the moving around my family has done. This is the reason that I chose my avatar to be a picture of me in the band room practicing my horn; music is a huge part of me and I think that my avatar represents that.
My extracurricular activities revolve largely around music as well. Here at College Park I am a member of the 250-strong Mighty Sound of Maryland! I march trombone and have loved every second of it – performing at football and basketball games is a blast and I really enjoy being able to combine my two favorite things, music and sports! I am also a member of the Gamma Xi chapter of Kappa Kappa Psi, which is a music service fraternity on campus. I am a huge Orioles and Ravens fan, so it’s great to be rooting for two teams that are finally having success again.
For this course, I am mostly interested in the concept of machinima – I find machinima really fun to both create and watch and I look forward to learning more about how to use the genre effectively. I have been previously exposed to Red vs. Blue and various community-created Source Filmmaker videos, so machinima is a tool that I had already been interested in, so I am excited to learn more about it.