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Student Blog: Mackenzie's Guide to Academic Integrity PhotoStudent Blog: Mackenzie's Guide to Academic Integrity
by Student Blogger: Mackenzie Elisa - January 23, 2023

The feeling of finally submitting that paper that you’ve worked all semester on, and closing all those tabs is SO rewarding when you can be proud of the work you put your name to. 
Student Blog: A Day in the Life Of A Music Student PhotoStudent Blog: A Day in the Life Of A Music Student
by Student Blogger: Katelyn Kruszewski - January 17, 2023

Music students have a busy schedule. Between double majors, classes, friendships, and practices, it can be crazy. Here’s my day in the life of a music student, my typical Monday.
Student Blog: Maintaining Academic Integrity PhotoStudent Blog: Maintaining Academic Integrity
by Student Blogger: Katelyn Kruszewski - January 17, 2023

Academic integrity is the unspoken moral code of academics. It’s the idea that your teachers, peers, mentors, expect you to do your work from a place of honesty and fairness. To me, academic integrity means taking responsibility for your academic work.
Student Blog: New Semester, New Challenges PhotoStudent Blog: New Semester, New Challenges
by Student Blogger: Allie Pruett - January 17, 2023

My first week of my second semester of junior year was...long and short at the same time. It did pass by quickly, since half of my in-person classes were cancelled for most of the week, but slowly also, because most of that free time was spent sitting around, waiting for something to come up to entertain me.
Student Blog: Semester Burnout: How to Keep Going When You Can't Quit PhotoStudent Blog: Semester Burnout: How to Keep Going When You Can't Quit
by Student Blogger: Emily Pugh - January 15, 2023

With the spring semester on the horizon, college students look forward to starting a new semester, feeling refreshed and well-rested after the winter break. However, for many students, there will come a point in the semester when they feel physically, mentally, and emotionally exhausted. In pop culture and more importantly, in medicine, this instance is known as “burnout.” For individuals, burnout can manifest in many ways, such as painful headaches, consistent fatigue, increased anxiety, emerging depression, and frequent illnesses. With all that students have to do everyday in their non-stop semester or quarter, it is not surprising that students grow exhausted, causing their mental and physical health to collapse. This past semester, I struggled with burnout as I became increasingly overwhelmed with a crescendo of performances, assignments, papers, and exams. However, having navigated this before, I have assembled some tips and helpful habits below for dealing with burnout even when you have to keep going. Whether you feel overwhelmed, stressed, or emotionally and physically drained, here are a couple of useful tips to help manage burnout.
Student Blog: Pre-Production for INTO THE WOODS PhotoStudent Blog: Pre-Production for INTO THE WOODS
by Student Blogger: Mia Van Deloo - January 7, 2023

This upcoming quarter, I will be working on UCSD Muir Musical’s production of Into the Woods as the Production Dramaturg. This is the first musical in a year since working on American Idiot and I’m so excited to be working with Sondheim this time around. In preparation for the first week of rehearsals, I’m crafting my dramaturgy packet as well as crafting a website for the cast and crew to use.
Student Blog: Columbia College Chicago: Immersed in the Arts PhotoStudent Blog: Columbia College Chicago: Immersed in the Arts
by Student Blogger: Madeline Stutte - January 7, 2023

As a young performer, it was always my dream to attend a prestigious, impossible BFA program at an academically focused school. However, as I grew as a person, I quickly realized that a traditional college experience just wasn't for me. The first time I visited Columbia College Chicago was just a confirmation of those feelings, and I couldn't be more grateful that I chose a non-traditional school to continue my education in the performing arts.
Student Blog: Hello 2023! PhotoStudent Blog: Hello 2023!
by Student Blogger: Grace Ellett - January 3, 2023

Taking some time to reflect on another year of school, theatre, life in general is an important thing to do. Time passes by so quickly, so cherish the big victories and the little moments.
Student Blog: A Look Back at My Fall 2022 LJP Internship PhotoStudent Blog: A Look Back at My Fall 2022 LJP Internship
by Student Blogger: Mia Van Deloo - January 3, 2023

This past quarter I had an amazing opportunity to intern for La Jolla Playhouse in their Marketing and Communications department. It was my first experience working in an office and more specifically in a non-profit organization. From helping out with VIP Celebration Nights to attending intern seminars, these past few months have been a great time for me to learn more about the Playhouse and arts administration. 
Student Blog: My Love Letter to the Theater PhotoStudent Blog: My Love Letter to the Theater
by Student Blogger: Silvana Flores - December 31, 2022

I’ve been more into theater these past years, but it was until this one that I've really experienced it and discovered why it’s one of my happy places. That’s why I put into words what I wanted to say.
Student Blog: Future Planning PhotoStudent Blog: Future Planning
by Student Blogger: Diana Vidals - December 31, 2022

I am a person who takes planning for the future very seriously, usually fabricating a plan A, B, and sometimes even a C before I feel confident enough to make any serious decisions. However, if there’s anything I learned about making future plans is how often they change.
Student Blog: Presenting New Works: MARY SHELLEY PhotoStudent Blog: Presenting New Works: MARY SHELLEY
by Student Blogger: Maddy Goldberg - December 31, 2022

In the month of December I was part of a staged reading of a student written musical, Mary Shelley, through the Sandbox Student Series at the University of Colorado Boulder. The musical was written by a CU student and follows the life of Mary Shelley, mother of science fiction and author of Frankenstein.
Student Blog: Trying to Finish the Semester Strong PhotoStudent Blog: Trying to Finish the Semester Strong
by Student Blogger: Maddy Goldberg - December 31, 2022

Burnout hit me hard at the end of this semester. Having to go back to school for two weeks after Thanksgiving and before winter break felt impossible. I had just been at home doing nothing for a week and now I was expected to jump right back into final projects and studying for final exams, but I really wanted to end my semester strong.
Student Blog: Another Year Has Come and Gone PhotoStudent Blog: Another Year Has Come and Gone
by Student Blogger: Allie Pruett - December 31, 2022

Ah, 2022, what could I possibly say about you? You introduced me to photography, something I had previously enjoyed but developed a deeper appreciation for just because I learned the craft.
Student Blog: Cheers! Its Winter Break! PhotoStudent Blog: Cheers! Its Winter Break!
by Student Blogger: Lina Batista - December 31, 2022

Winter Break... what isn't there to love? For starters, it's the month of December which is filled with many exciting events that I look forward to throughout the year. The first one is my birthday which starts at the top of the month and then leads into the best and longest break my university offers us.
Student Blog: Burnout! PhotoStudent Blog: Burnout!
by Student Blogger: Lina Batista - December 31, 2022

Burnout. A word that I believe every person on this whole planet has experienced at least once in their lifetime. It is not fun, it can make you irritable, and creeps up on you at the most important and busiest times of your life
Student Blog: Unplugging from the Hustle PhotoStudent Blog: Unplugging from the Hustle
by Student Blogger: Lina Batista - December 31, 2022

If you are a workaholic like myself, you understand that taking breaks is super important to your overall well-being. Life is not solely about working and worrying about fulfilling deadlines, therefore maintaining a healthy balance of personal life and work life is key to living a life with beautiful memorable moments.
Student Blog: Burnout PhotoStudent Blog: Burnout
by Student Blogger: Diana Vidals - December 31, 2022

These past few weeks have been very hectic with little room for breaks. After a long string of chaos, I remained motivated telling myself that a break would come shortly. You can imagine my horror when I looked at my calendar and saw that finals week was set to start and due to some impeccable timing, so was my burnout.
Student Blog: A Look Back at First Semester of Junior Year PhotoStudent Blog: A Look Back at First Semester of Junior Year
by Student Blogger: Allie Pruett - December 28, 2022

First semester of junior year at MBU was probably the most notable of any semester so far of college. For one, my best friend, the one on the right in the picture, started working at the university and will be starting school there in a couple weeks.
Student Blog: Finals & Projects & Homework, Oh My! PhotoStudent Blog: Finals & Projects & Homework, Oh My!
by Student Blogger: Megan O’Keefe - December 24, 2022

For me, burnout started to set in right after Thanksgiving break. Like most students, I took those few days to relax, spend time with family, and not think about schoolwork. I dreaded the turnaround time from Thanksgiving break to the long haul grind to finals week. I wore down quickly. Desperately, I needed something to boost my spirits and motivate me to get through finals week.
Student Blog: Returning to Live Performance PhotoStudent Blog: Returning to Live Performance
by Student Blogger: Katelyn Kruszewski - December 24, 2022

This year I participated in an end-of-the-year final concert for my vocal teacher. The performance took place at the HardRock cafe in Pittsburgh where I sang a few musical theater pieces. Live performance returns once again and so do the on-stage jitters.
Student Blog: The Cycle of Boredom and Burnout PhotoStudent Blog: The Cycle of Boredom and Burnout
by Student Blogger: Madeline Stutte - December 24, 2022

I'm the type of person that always needs something to do. Whether it's with school, performing, writing, assistant teaching, or really any activity I can get my hands on, I know I'll always make myself busy. However, this leads to something that I as a teenager know very well: burnout. For me, burnout feels like a weight pushing down on my head, making me so unimaginably mentally tired that my eyelids can't help but flutter closed. It's a feeling I dread, because I know it means I have to take a moment away from my activities to breathe and pull myself together.
Student Blog: Dealing With Burnout PhotoStudent Blog: Dealing With Burnout
by Student Blogger: Grace Ellett - December 19, 2022

Burnout is not fun. But finding ways to combat it is an important step in working on what you love again, or finding a new thing that you are passionate about.
Student Blog: Mackenzie's Guide to Study Abroad PhotoStudent Blog: Mackenzie's Guide to Study Abroad
by Student Blogger: Mackenzie Elisa - December 14, 2022

Not only is going abroad an absolute blast, but it also teaches you a lot of valuable life lessons. It teaches you independence, problem solving skills, cultural competency, time management, and how to live in the moment.
Student Blog: Can Theatre Be Our Third Place? PhotoStudent Blog: Can Theatre Be Our Third Place?
by Student Blogger: Meredith Muirhead - December 7, 2022

In sociology, the third place is an environment in which we find comfort and familiarity that is separate from home (our first place) or work (our second place). Sociologist Ray Oldenburg defines the third place as “an anchor of community life that facilitates and fosters broader and more creative interaction.” Upon hearing that definition, it’s easy for us theatre artists to think of the theatre, despite the fact that it likely is our second place as well. But let’s step back for a second and look at this from an audience member’s perspective.

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