"Being a FTVM major has really allowed me to exercise my passion for film and television, as well as my creative energies, through the variety and quality of classes that are offered in the program. I love learning about all the different facets of filmmaking, from screenwriting to production, theory to history. Receiving a rigorous, well-rounded film education — and having the opportunity to do so at a school like the University of Michigan — has given me both the tools and the motivation to pursue my aspirations to become a writer and director for film and TV. Along with the plethora of stimulating courses that FTVM provides, the faculty are incredibly encouraging, insightful, challenging (in a good way), and in touch with what is happening with the film world currently. The recently implemented speaker series has also been an immense help; hearing industry professionals discuss their own background in making it in entertainment is not only a huge privilege, but also very beneficial in preparing me and my FTVM peers for how we want to shape our careers after college.The movies I have watched, the scripts I’ve written and studied, the class conversations I’ve engaged in, the people I’ve worked with, and the teachers who have guided me have all been extremely instrumental in making my FTVM experience both valuable and worthwhile."