Student Blog: Sweet Start to a Semester

Sometimes the best start onto the semester is the hope that comes with it!

By: Oct. 23, 2023
Student Blog: Sweet Start to a Semester
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The first half of the semester is under wraps and I feel so hopeful. We picked up in August with auditions on the first day of classes. Talk about trial by fire! I sang my audition cut then moved behind the table since I am the Artistic Director of the student-run musicals here. I had the honor of being behind the table as my talented friends presented their work; I am always in constant awe of everyone! Within the first few weeks of school, I was cast in the ensemble of Sweeney Todd. I had my first rehearsal a few hours after the cast list came out! It showed me how much this semester will be about balance. 

I take plenty of credit hours to keep me busy during the day. I am a double major in music theater and vocal performance. That being said, my schedule is not for the faint of heart. Imagine a roller coaster of music, acting, and dance that you get to ride every day. That’s my schedule! I am really enjoying my three dance classes this semester. I have found a new love for Ballet because of how elegant it makes me feel. My confidence as a dancer has grown lately after putting the hard work into my classes. I can already see and feel myself progressing as my dancing feels more aligned after a few weeks. 

In addition to dance progress, I was in the ensemble of Sweeney Todd. I am a Sondheim nerd, so I was unbelievably excited to step onto Fleet Street. The show was phenomenal. Special shout-out to my ensemble crew! Our hearts beat as a unit for a few months. It was so special to start my semester with my cast; they’re a special group who help me remember why I love performing. 

It leads me back to feeling so hopeful this semester. I have so much to be grateful for. Sometimes as artists our craft reminds us what we lack and forget to appreciate what we have. We should stop and smell the roses more. We can take the time to see we’re surrounded by beautiful art and lovely people to make it with.