Finally done with the semester and, just like high school, junior year is proving to be very intense. You have this wonderful benefit of knowing your professors a lot better, you’re in a neat position where the younger students look up to you more and ask more from you, your classmates know you better and ask you to collaborate on projects…it’s all so crazy and amazing. Yet the world is really proving to me that there’s not enough time!

The semester flew by. I know I personally wanted to document more of it. I splurged and bought myself a beautiful camera and it’s proven to be one of my favorite gizmos. Much better than a phone, let me tell ya. And I’m itching to use it more. Might as well just carry around with me all the time but a big part of me doesn’t want to look like a tourist in my own city!

I was cast in WSU’s A Christmas Carol. Funny enough, my first year here, I was crewing Carol backstage – helping manage costumes and take care of the kid cast. It was a dreadfully tedious job with long runs, but I got familiar with the Bonstelle Theatre and man, oh man. It is a mysterious beauty that I still feel I haven’t explored enough of! Being on a big stage like that and pushing myself out as much as I could, testing the waters in a sea of seats and a whole balcony!

What was interesting about being in the cast this time around was that I got to meet the crew on a more personal level. When I was a first-year, hardly anyone in the cast spoke to the little freshies in the green room. So, now being older, I made sure that changed quick and that I talked to the crew backstage through the rehearsal and performance process. It changed how I felt about the atmosphere for sure, and I hope that the crew felt the same. We definitely cracked many jokes while waiting for a light cue or something. Many more friendly faces after the whole thing. Many more people who weren’t cast this semester seeing that they have the potential and the creativity to build something here.

It’s important, as upperclassmen working closely with first and second-year students, that we give a damn about each other. Even when it is so tempting to shut down and just focus on you. It’s incredibly rewarding to see the light in other people come up – just based on a small interaction from someone with a little bit more experience. Not in a condescending way, either, but in an equalizing enviornment perfect for collaborating with people who share high standards of quality in your craft. It’s, well. It’s powerful.