Posts Tagged ‘Life in London’

He’s an Actor, I’m an Actor

Tuesday, December 20th, 2016

This is James. Our paths first crossed when I was encouraged by my acting professor at Regent’s to go and see Romeo and Juliet at The Rose Playhouse. He played Romeo. The energy, truth, and brilliance he brought to the stage was simply awe-inspiring. I was amazed. I was moved. I was inspired. Sure, I was utterly inspired, but I also witnessed him entrance the audience as a whole. I knew I wanted to include him in my photography project, The People Who Inspire. And, so, I could not help but reach out to his agent shortly after the showing. To my surprise, I did not receive a response from her. Instead, James replied to me personally and we arranged a meeting and a shoot. We met for tea at the BFI Southbank and chatted about his story, his past, and his journey to becoming a working actor. I learned a lot about him, and I also learned a lot from him. It is conversations and meetings like these that give me the confidence to pursue my dreams. As people, we are all tempted by our dreams, our deepest desires. Many of us settle for security and what makes us feel safe. When I meet people like James, who were not afraid to follow their dreams, I remember that I have the power to pursue mine as well. He was Romeo. He is human. He is an actor. And, I am an actor.

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Should I Study Abroad?

Monday, December 19th, 2016

Yes, yes, yes, and, again, yes! Please, do capitalize the opportunity to study abroad in college. It will change your life for the better. Your college education will become something you could never imagine it to be, in the best of ways. You will learn to understand the world in a new way. And, you will discover a lot about yourself and the differences you want to make in the world. I am writing from Edinburgh, Scotland, a long ways from home. I have seen nearly ten different cities in the UK now and traveled to Stockholm, Sweden. I have learned so much already, and I have barely scratched the surface. I almost didn’t come to England. I was so close to staying home. I thought it would be better idea to stay in Duluth, focus on my acting and my studies, but I was so wrong. The best thing I could of done was this: get on a plane to England, and study in a far away place, somewhere I no longer felt ‘at home.’ I, now, feel the most at home I have ever been, especially with myself. There are so many places calling your name from afar, asking you to come learn, to come see, and to come experience the world. The College of St. Scholastica offers a lot of options and help to make these things happen for students. I chose England, but students have traveled to Ireland, Germany, and beyond.

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My Footprint on the World

Sunday, December 18th, 2016

We all leave a footprint on this earth, far and wide. What does yours look like? I know mine is an ever developing, intricate design of passion, love, and life. I hope to leave behind a mark of kindness, a mark of care, and a mark of effort. I have learned a lot of great lessons in my time at The College of St. Scholastica and in my study abroad program. I have learned to love the Earth more deeply through my involvement in Outdoor Pursuit and becoming a kayaking guide. I have learned to love the art of education thanks to my brilliant professors who have brought such passion, trust, and guidance into the classroom, sharing their wealth of knowledge and perspectives. I have discovered the path meant for me, and I have left behind the one that I thought was the / right / way, through the liberal arts requirements, which allowed me to open my mind and heart to other areas of study. I have learned to love the individuality of humanity and the specific people who surround me through the friendships and experiences I have pursued, especially in England. I have learned to accept myself as a writer and photographer, through the building of my skills and confidence in coursework and beyond. I am so grateful to The College of St. Scholastica. I am heading out into the world with much more than a college degree. I am leaving with a new perspective on my life and the world.

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More of Edinburgh

Friday, December 16th, 2016

This place is magical. I am finding inspiration in the old architecture, but I am also enjoying the presence this city has to offer. I cannot seem to let go of my student self, and my desire to learn. Simply, I don’t want to let go. The College of St. Scholastica has instilled a love of learning in me that I hope will never fade. My love for learning, now, is stronger than ever, and I believe this is only the beginning. This afternoon, I will tour the Traverse Theatre, a writer’s theatre for new works. I am overly excited, as my heart has fallen so deeply in love with the magic of theatre. I am always keen to get involved. Following my tour, tomorrow evening I will see one of the shows currently on, Last Christmas. I look forward to the rest of my time in Edinburgh. This is a story of my travels, but this is also a story of my life as an alumni of The College of St. Scholastica. Our university is also magical, just like this beautiful city and world of opportunity.

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Patience

Saturday, December 10th, 2016

Life.. is.. a beautiful thing. We often trot through life wishing for the next day, hoping time will pass by more quickly, or begging the universe for change. Ages ago I decided I was done with that. I chose to stop waiting for tomorrow, and, instead, I set off on journey to live my life to the very fullest at every single moment of my existence. However, I have had a bit of a breakdown as of late or, to be more specific, as of Thursday. I woke up anxious. I had to perform. Thoughts of it blatantly crossed my mind over and over. The closer I got to my final performance, the more nervous I became. But, we did it. I did it. We succeeded. I succeeded. We thrived. I thrived. And, I believe we all passed with flying colors. Then, we were done, and I realized that the work I left in that classroom studio was priceless. I dumped every bit of effort I had into that one performance, every last bit of undergraduate energy I had left in me. My last round of finals were over with. Sure, I had a field trip Friday morning, my last class period, but I had already submitted my final assessment. I had finished my work as an undergraduate college student. I realized I was done.

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