Student Blogger: Ava Karlstad

Student Blogger: Ava Karlstad

Ava Karlstad is currently a second-year at the University of Southern California, although she was proudly reigns from Minneapolis, Minnesota.  Ava is studying political science and musical theater in hopes of one day combining both disciplines to pursue a career in entertainment law or some related field.  In her free time, Ava enjoys busying herself with various clubs and activities (most of which happen to be surrounding theater) or going on adventures Los Angeles with friends.  She loves having the opportunity to explore the vast world of theater and the crucial role it plays in the lives of artists!




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The Lion King



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Student Blog: Academic Integrity: You Owe It to Yourself
Student Blog: Academic Integrity: You Owe It to Yourself
May 11, 2024

'Cheating in academics is only cheating yourself of your potential.'  This is something most have probably grown numb to (including myself) whether or not you actually cheat.  It is so easy these days to throw an essay prompt or a test question into ChatGPT and see immediate gratification. However, the only person cheating actually affects is you.

Student Blog: My Essentials for Tackling Finals
Student Blog: My Essentials for Tackling Finals
April 21, 2024

Whatever gets you through finals is totally up to you. It's a weird time of just trying to survive and all of my friends on the semester system can feel it coming. I always love people's thoughts on how they approach this final obstacle, so here are my essentials for getting through finals!

Student Blog: Burnout: A Very Real Enemy
Student Blog: Burnout: A Very Real Enemy
April 15, 2024

Burnout is a funny thing because it can quickly take something you once had so much love for and change it into a chore. For me, burnout comes from anticipating an outcome, or goal, and forgetting to enjoy the process.

Student Blog: Attending My First ECC
Student Blog: Attending My First ECC
March 25, 2024

I intended to challenge myself by putting myself in a demanding and new situation. I believe I was really able to enjoy it because I was there for the experience and not totally riding on trying to get the job. However, I still showed up prepared and was ready for anything that they threw at me, and 'come what may' was my mentality.

Student Blog: Trying to Manage 'Doing It All'
Student Blog: Trying to Manage 'Doing It All'
March 18, 2024

Whenever life feels overwhelming, I find it best just to take five minutes and just sit.  My stress usually comes from inflating the importance or duration of different tasks to the point I feel completely out of control.  However, taking just five minutes to sit and remember how grateful I am to have the opportunity to be busy with things I love pursuing.

Student Blog: Spicy for a Cause
Student Blog: Spicy for a Cause
February 26, 2024

As the hosts of 'Peppers', MTR does the opening number. Our chosen performance was our adaptation of 'Apex Predator' from Mean Girls which was brilliantly titled 'Apeps Predator' and the lyrics were changed to match the peppery theme of the night. We ate the peppers about one minute into the song and when I tell you it was like a SLAP in the face which only got worse the more you breathed.

Student Blog: Back to School!
Student Blog: Back to School!
February 12, 2024

Once a theatre kid always a theatre kid, right?  Absolutely.  This was something I truly realized when I got to college and something I took somewhat for granted in high school.  I started my first year at the University of Southern California as a mathematics major pursuing a pre-medicine track.  I thought this was fulfilling until I began to acknowledge the part of me that missed theatre and the artistic dimension of myself.  It took me one semester to change my major to political science and two to declare a minor in musical theater.  Finally, I feel I have found my niche.






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