Auditioning 101

Last semester I wrote about how much I enjoyed my experience with being a part of Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream. This semester, LMU is putting on a production of You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown and, although it is a musical and I do not have musical talent, I have somehow found myself in the middle of it! My intention was to work entirely backstage as an assistant stage manager or help with sound or lighting, but when I ended up being cast in the ensemble. It is a very small part and I am always in a group, but I get to be part of another show! I loved my first experience with being on stage and I am hopeful this experience will be just as wonderful.

Although I am far from being an expert, I wanted to write about my experiences with auditions and the process it takes to finally make it on stage! Continue reading

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Grad School Part 2: Tell Me What You Want, What You Really Really Want

In a previous post I talked about how I was beginning to consider my future after I graduate from LMU. I talked about how I would love to apply my love for psychology and science by going to graduate school for cognitive psychology. While over winter break, I decided that pursuing my PhD was going to be the ultimate goal even if it was going to be very challenging to do so. In order to give myself the best chance to get into a program of my choice, I knew I would need to start considering schools now. I needed to have a vague idea as to what kind of school I’d want to attend, where in the country I’d like to live in, and other general aspects I would need to take into consideration. I made a list of non-negotiable and negotiable aspects of potential grad schools. If they do not meet the non-negotiable terms, then I no longer considered them. If I really loved a school and there was something relatively small that I could live without, then I would still consider the school. My list has grown, shrunk, and multiplied many times between now and a month ago!

This is how I feel when I find a school I would love to attend!

This is how I feel when I find a school I would love to attend!

Here are some of the aspects I considered in my search for a grad school: Continue reading