No, I’m not talking about my oldest daughter heading off to college (expect that announcement next year). Me! I’m going to be leaving in just a few weeks for freshman orientation at MU (Monsters University, that is).
My decision to head back to school came somewhat spur of the moment, though I’ve been putting quite a bit of thought into this idea of going back to school for several years. I was sitting on the airplane this weekend heading back from my trip to to San Diego and happened to sit in a middle seat in between two members of the women’s track team from my alma mater. As we chatted about college days (I admit I was somewhat embarrassed to answer the question “Oh, so what year did you graduate?!”) I realized that my focus the first time around was completely wrong. As much as I loved Early Childhood Education, that was not where my true talent was.
In fact, to uncover my true calling, all you would really need to do is call my younger brother up….
You see, when my family lived in San Jose, my little brother had his own room across the hall from the bedroom that my sister and I shared. I would sneak into his closet while he was getting ready for bed and watch through a crack in the sliding closet door for him to settle in for the night. When the time was just right, I would quietly lift my pale pink nightgown high up over my head and open the closet door as fast as I could, shrieking and moaning and scaring the begeebers out of the poor little guy.
And I did it over and over and over again (it’s a wonder I didn’t get in trouble for scaring him more often…).
Don’t you see? I’m perfect for MU.
I was thrilled last week when I received a much-anticipated acceptance letter from Monsters University, straight from the admins at Disney/Pixar, inviting me to come to Freshman Orientation on April 8-10. Orientation is just a few short weeks away, which means that I’ve got a lot to do to get ready.
I’m thinking of using the next few weeks to brush up on my jump-out-of-closet scare routine. I’ve got 5 kids down the hall who would be PERFECT guinea pigs.
I’ll let you know how that works out….
What would YOU study if you could go back to school and join me as an incoming freshman at Monsters University? Here’s an overview of the MU schools:
- School of Scaring – MU’s School of Scaring offers beginning and advanced courses in all things horrific: from shrieking to slithering and room awareness to the history of scaring.
- School of Engineering – The School of Scaring offers both an historical perspective on technology and advanced hands-on experience working with real-world tools.
- School of Liberal Arts & Monstrosities – At the heart of the well-rounded monster is the burning desire to learn more about the culture, the world, and the self. The School of Liberal Arts and Monstrosities does just that.
- School of Science – From biological categorization of our own species to the study of still-unknown properties of human screams, the School of Science offers students access to top scientific minds and state-of-the-art lab facilities.
- School of Business – The B-school at MU is ranked #1 in the monster world, offering students the leading resources in strategy, leadership, accounting, and marketing training.
I’m definitely leaning towards the School of Liberal Arts and Monstrosities. Hey, I may even become the world’s first Monster-Blogger. It has a nice ring to it (get it? Like Mommy-blogger? Ok, I’ll stick to the scaring…).
Here’s a quick itinerary of my trip to sunny San Francisco:
Monday, April 8th: Evening reception at Pixar with footage from MONSTERS UNIVERSITY and a screening of the short film THE BLUE UMBRELLA.
Tuesday, April 9th: Press day at Pixar for MONSTERS UNIVERSITY (including interviews with Director Dan Scanlon, Producer Kori Rae, animators and a tour of Pixar).
Wednesday, April 10th: Visit The Walt Disney Family Museum.
More details will be coming in the next few weeks and months as we prepare for the start of our first semester at MU (ie – Monster’s University opens in theaters June 21, and I’ll be keeping you well-informed and up-to-date as we approach the exciting day!).
About Monster’s University:
Mike Wazowski and James P. Sullivan are an inseparable pair, but that wasn’t always the case. From the moment these two mismatched monsters met they couldn’t stand each other. “Monsters University” unlocks the door to how Mike and Sulley overcame their differences and became the best of friends.
Screaming with laughter and fun, “Monsters University” is directed by Dan Scanlon (“Cars,” “Mater and the Ghostlight,” “Tracy”) and produced by Kori Rae (“Up,” “The Incredibles,” “Monsters, Inc.”). The film opens in U.S. theaters on June 21, 2013, and will be shown in Disney Digital 3D™ in select theaters.
Note: I was invited to attend the Disney/Pixar Monsters University Freshman Orientation press event in April, and all my travel expenses will be covered. Follow the hashtag #MonstersUEvent as our group of 25 incoming freshman prepare for and attend orientation, or check out the MU Facebook page. We’ll be sure to give you the most up to date and juicy college details.
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