This is a huge week for a handful of students and even a few staff members at LMU! After weeks of set building, costume fittings, and scene rehearsals, we are finally in the middle of performing Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream! A few of us are particularly excited as it is our first time ever appearing on stage. Fellow blogger Alex and I decided to audition together back in September for the chance to be in a production and we both ended up getting parts. We both got more than one part each- we are responsible for learning the lines, blocking (the movement parts of acting), and different personalities for three characters each. I have three very different characters, so for my first time acting I have found it a little difficult. However, I love each of my characters and enjoy being able to switch back and forth from each of them depending on the scene. In one length of the play, I get to be a mechanical who is part of an acting troupe, a fairy, and a love interest! I’ve never acted, and let alone acted Shakespeare, so this is definitely a new experience for me. In a previous post, I described how I told myself I was going to try and do one thing every semester that scared me. This wasn’t because I necessarily wanted to be scared, but I wanted to expand my horizons and do things I never would do otherwise. In high school, I always wanted to be part of a play or musical but never had the time and, quite frankly, never even got the guts to go try out. I’ve enjoyed what Shakespeare I’ve read, and so many of my friends were trying out for the play. I needed to find a way to get out of my comfort zone anyway, so I had little excuse to not try out. Thankfully, the Bard has given me just the right way to complete my goal!
Anyone who knows me knows that I love planning for the future: planning for the weekend, planning for classes I will take in the future, planning for projects I want to complete, and especially for my future after I receive my bachelor’s degree from LMU. It has been a little unsettling before just recently since I was never quite sure exactly what I wanted to do. I decided long ago that I plan on always being a student in some way, so pursuing my education has been in my plans in one way or another. The rest, however, was a mystery: Should I get a job while completing a master’s degree? What would I study? Where would I study? What would I do after that?
While I cannot lie and say I have the answers to all of the questions I have right now, I do feel like I have recently found a direction in which I would like to go. In a previous post, I talked about my unexpected passion for psychology and how I knew I wanted to do something with it, but was not quite sure what. Now I can confidently say that I have discovered that not only do I want to pursue psychology in some way after graduation, but I cannot imagine myself studying anything else. The vast amount of subjects I could study in graduate school made my future look hazy, but the thought of spending the rest of my academic life learning about anything I could about psychology made my future suddenly look less daunting.