A few weeks before school was to be out for the summer, I received a text from my dad asking me if I would like to see a play at the Clarence Brown Theatre located on the University of Tennessee campus once I was done for the year. I had only seen one professional play before and it would be a nice way to start off my break, so 20140522-213516-77716087.jpgI quickly texted back a “Yes!” and looked up information about the play. Spamalot, I read, was a playoff of the movie Monty Python and the Holy Grail, a movie my dad and I are both fans of. Many reviews I read lauded the entire performance, from the venue and costumes to individual actors and the comedic value of the whole show. I was so excited to go! The last time I had been at the Clarence Brown Theatre was in middle school with my Beta Club to see Seussical the Musical. I loved that show so much that there was no doubt that I would enjoy this one.

Being able to take pictures during LMU’s Godspell rehearsal interested me in all the aspects that go into making a production happen. Seeing Spamalot made me see how enjoyable it is, not only for the castmembers, but how a fantastic performance can get such a wonderful reaction out of the audience. I’m not one to voluntarily speak in class much or handle speaking in front of crowds, but having these experiences opened my eyes to the possibility for my future in a production. I’m not looking to become a Broadway star or anything; I think it would be something new and fun to try. A majority of my friends have taken part in the productions we’ve had on campus and thoroughly enjoyed them, whether they were actors or worked as stage crew. In the fall, the LMU Players, the students who take part in theatre, normally put on a regular play. In the spring each year, a musical is usually done. I was able to see the performance last fall of Daddy’s Dyin’… Who’s Got the Will? in which so many of my friends had acting roles or worked behind the scenes. There were hard times, especially when rehearsals became a little rough, but I was told that the good times certainly outweighed the bad times.

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Looking Back, Looking Forward

I can’t believe it: I’m no longer a freshman! These past few weeks have been crazy with papers, last minute homework, studying, and, of course, finals. I don’t think that it as hit me quite yet that my first year of college is already done with. I am back home in Knoxville but part of me still thinks that I will be heading back to campus any day now. Knowing that I won’t be back in Harrogate until August will take some getting used to!

Looking back to how much I’ve changed just since my freshman year of high school has absolutely astounded me. Back then I wasn’t completely sure where I wanted to go to college and what I wanted to study, let alone any other future goals that I

I can't get enough of French humor!

I can’t get enough of French humor!

had. Even now there is still a lot left unanswered for me regarding future goals of mine, but I feel comfortable with my courses of study and my place at LMU! A lot has changed in the past four years. I would have never been able to present at a research conference, considered joining a sorority, or ever find out my love for foreign language, as shown in my previous blog post!

This newly found passion of mine has me set on a new goal. I loved going to my French classes and doing extra work wit Dr. Churchwell for honors credit, but I felt as though something is missing from my experience with the language. I can get a lot of experience from class and my own reading but it would never be the same as experiencing the language in a “real” setting. I’ve done a lot of research and I have decided that I will work on studying abroad in France sometime next year. I have yet to decide exactly when or for how long, but I will have plenty of time to get all the necessary paperwork and finances together before I board a plane! One program I am strongly considering is through the American Institute for Foreign Study (AIFS) at The University of Grenoble Stendhal. The University of Grenoble is widely known for its involvement with hosting students from foreign countries and offers courses in exactly what I want to learn: French! In the summer 2015 section that I am right now considering the most, classes meet five days per week for four hours a day. That would be twenty hours per week of intensive French language suitable for my level which would be determined by a proficiency exam that I would take my first day at the University. Take a look at the link to the AIFS website here!

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