Day 40: So all the incoming Class of 2018 freshman just got their dorm and roommate assignments today. It’s mind boggling to me to think that a year ago today Audrey ‘Audi’ Utchen emailed me and we talked for the first time. It was a whirlwind of a first year and I couldn’t have done it all without the best roommate ever by my side. Best of luck to all the incoming freshman, I hope you can be as lucky with your roommate selection as I was with Audrey! So excited to go back and start my second year at WAC soon and go through all the crazy roommate shenanigans again!
So today begins the two week countdown. Next Friday, May 2nd, marks the end of classes. We do have finals week following that of course, but after that it is SUMMER…and I don’t know how I feel about that.
On one hand, I’m crazy excited about being home and seeing my family and friends and all that, but I don’t want to leave my friends, who are more of a second family to me now. I can’t imagine being apart from them for over three months. These people are the most amazing wonderful friends I could have ever asked for. My first year at college has been incredible and there is a big part of me which just kind of wants to skip the summer and go straight into sophomore year. Yeah, I love it here THAT much. But we can’t skip that time, so I’ll be home with my lovely family, who i have really missed, making some dough and lazing about not writing essays. And I guess that won’t be too bad either. But I have two weeks of classes left, and finals week, before I have to say goodbye to WAC for the summer…I’m going to enjoy what I have left of this time while I can.
People say college flies by, but man, no one can really prepare you for it. I feel like last week I was meeting everyone in my fall semester classes, and now here I am, studying for spring finals. Time flies when you’re having fun (and all those other cliches that totally apply to this moment).
I’m so sorry that’s its been radio silence for the past week or two. I am about to drop some knowledge about why this happened, and please, take it to heart. It’s gonna help you out in the future.
MAKE TIME FOR YOURSELF
For those of you who aren’t theater oriented I want to explain what tech week is. Tech week is the week prior to an opening night of a play in which the show is run with all it’s technical aspects-lights, sound, prop, costumes, the whole she-bang. It can take all day for, well, a week (or more). I have been in three tech weeks in the past four weeks. Translation-my brain is melting. I have spent every second of every day in the theater-whether it’s in my classes, or in tech week. The earliest I’ve returned home to my dorm room this month is 11:15pm. I have pulled all nighters in the theater trying to write papers, and I have poured my blood, sweat, and tears into the three shows I’ve worked on. And it has been amazing. I have loved every second of the shows I have been working on and I have made wonderful friends because of it. However, I have let some things, like you lovely folks, and my friends who aren’t theater people, slip through the cracks. One of my really close friends here on campus I finally saw for the first time this month yesterday night and I didn’t have time to do anything besides say hi. So you need to figure out priorities and balance everything. Because I have had so much fun with my theater friends, but I am struggling to balance my other aspects of my life.
I NEED TO MAKE TIME FOR MYSELF. AND SO DO YOU.
And I will make time for all of you…as soon as this show ends. Then I am all yours again <3. And with that, I’m basically out of time and have to run to class…in the theater…again. (What’d I tell you?)
So tomorrow I officially register for my classes. I sat down with my advisor on Tuesday and figured out my schedule-this is what we’re looking at for what my schedule will be.
Spanish (200 level)-language requirement
Music Theory-music minor/quantitative science requirement
Romanticism-english major requirement
Experimental Environment Drama-drama major requirement
Playwriting-drama major/creative writing minor requirement
Solo Voice-music minor requirement
Chamber Choir-music minor requirement.
If you look at that list, there’s one very obvious link between all my courses. They are all required for my majors/minors. I don’t have a single elective on my schedule for Fall 2014. But here’s the thing-I don’t care about that. Yeah, it’s gonna be tough, but I love everything I’m doing so much, I don’t care that I have so many classes (not all are full 4 credit classes though, I’m not that crazy) or that I have to take them all to graduate with my intended majors and minors-when you love something enough like I love Drama, English, Creative Writing, and Music, then it doesn’t matter what else happens. When it comes to picking a major it’s very similar to a career-you want to do something that you love. Because that’s what you’ll be doing every single day for the rest of your life.
So maybe next semester there will be a billion rants about how much work I have, and how I was stupid to take on so much. But I don’t care. As long as I am doing what I love, I’ll be happy, whether or not there’s an avalanche of homework crushing me (which I fully expect there will be)
Tonight starts the run of DNA!! It’s a really great show, so if you have a night free please come see us! We’re in Tawes Theater, show starts at 8 and it’s free!
Okay, so DNA (the senior thesis play I’m in) opens in exactly one week. At 8pm exactly one week from tonight, the play opens.
I’M FREAKING OUT!
I know I’m ready, but I am still panicking. I think what I’m most worried about is that the show is ending. I really don’t want it to end. This show has been amazing and I don’t know what I’m gonna do without seeing the cast everyday and getting to play this amazing character.
EITHER WAY I’M FREAKING OUT!
I’m really nervous that I’m going to mess up. You know, it’s an amazing show and an amazing role, and I don’t want to let everyone down.
But yeah…..so many nervous. Very freaked. Yeah.
Okay, so Spring Break is winding down, Audrey and I go back to campus Sunday afternoon, and to be honest, I’m pretty glad. I reallllly miss my classes. Weird right? Of course I miss my friends and such as well, but I want to go back to class. Because I have some awesome classes.
I don’t know which my favorite is. It’s either Acting 2 or Late 20th Century Drama. Both are amazing,
Acting 2-So this is my second acting class here at WAC. This one focuses on Shakespeare. I personally love Shakespeare, so this is a class I really love. It’s also the earliest class I have (it’s only 10am though). But I don’t mind getting up for this class, it’s the only class I don’t mind waking up early for. I love it so much.
Late 20th Century Drama-This is a writing intensive, though so far the writing load hasn’t been bad. In this class, we read plays written in between 1950-1992 and analyze them and how the political climate impacted these plays. It’s an amazing class, and it’s so much fun to just speak your mind about all sorts of topics. Anything brought up in the plays is fair game. And there is such a variety of things brought up, I’m always upset when class is over because I feel like there is so much more we can talk about.
So yeah. I really want to go back to school for my amazing classes. Three days until I’m back in a classroom. Never thought I’d look forward to classes. But that’s WAC magic for you.
So college is a crazy busy time for all of us. That’s obvious. Add schoolwork (at a college level of course) and then throw in some extra-curriculars, a splash of sports here, a dash of going to concerts and shows there, plus all those social interactions that get us through the day, and what you end up with is a pretty crazy life. A fun life, but a crazy one.
But when you’re in theatre, all of those things happen, plus a whole lot of rehearsals, work calls, strikes, extra work, memorizing lines, scenes for class, and anything else that sucks up your time. Your previously crazy time reaches a level of insanity, and you are normally out the second your head hits the pillow each night because your so exhausted.
Don’t get me wrong, I’m not saying we (theatre kids) have it harder than anyone else. I mean, I don’t have to spend hours a day running or rowing or dribbling, or anything else that involves the small amount of physical athleticism I do have, which is nice. But there is something so exhausting about becoming someone else for sometimes hours at a time. Giving yourself up to become a different person is…honestly it can be kind of scary sometimes, People are so afraid they’ll mess up being someone else, or they’ll do it wrong-that’s where we get stage fright from. (Maybe, don’t quote me on that)
But we do get to have the most amazing experiences. For example, my roommate is a business major who is on the volleyball team. There was not a scrap of theatre in her at the beginning of this year. But by coming to shows, and hanging out with my friends, and even coming to group meetings sometimes for improv, she slowly started getting…theatre-fied. Now she’s in a show. A full on, giant scale production of an awesome show.
That’s the beauty of being a theatre kid. It doesn’t matter if you’re a drama major, or a business major, or any other major-it’s come one, come all. Yes, it is emotionally exhausting at times, and yes there are headaches and even sometimes tears involved. But at the end of the day, you get to hang out with a group of amazing, diverse people, and you get a chance to leave your problems behind and deal with someone else’s…at least for a few hours.
College is about new experiences. So yeah, maybe theatre isn’t all that new of an experience for me. But the person I’ve become since I’ve come to Washington is completely different from who I was before, and being this New Kaitlyn is a crazy new experience for me. So much of this new person, her confidence, charisma (if she has any), dedication, wackiness-all of these qualities have been developed in the theater here.
So when you (whoever you are reader) go to college, please, try something new. Maybe it will be theatre (which would be really cool…just saying), maybe not. But try something new. See how it changes you. Because in four years, I plan to walk off this campus a completely different person. A better person. And I know now, I’m already part way there.
Okay so last night was Birthday Ball! For those of you who don’t know what Birthday Ball is (shame on you) it’s when all the Washington College students get together and celebrate George Washington’s birthday in style. It’s kind of like Homecoming and Prom and Awesomeness all rolled up into one great party.
This years theme was Harry Potter (ironically, that was the theme of my junior year homecoming in highschool). The fitness center was decked out-I mean banners that were the four school colors, giant image of Hogwarts Castle, the path to get there was Platform 9 and 3/4, the whole shebang. It was amazing. (Also, props to the DJ-normally I don’t like DJ’s, but you were pretty awesome.)
I went with a bunch of friends from my dorm, but ended up hanging out with a bunch of friends from classes, as well as all my friends from the drama department, before ending up back with my fellow Queen Anne’s dwellers.
So loooong story short, Birthday Ball was incredible. I was worried everyone’s crazy stories wouldn’t match it, but the dance was amazing, and I had so much fun. It was great!
Oh, and B.T.W., Professors dressed up as Hogwarts Professors-it’s a beautiful sight. I’m hoping there are pictures of them somewhere cause I didn’t get to take a lot.
But yeah, so all I can really say is
Birthday Ball, 2015. Be there!
So I was thinking a lot about the freshman trip we took to Mt. Vernon in the fall. I don’t know why (maybe because the weather is so gorgeous today).
But anyway random fun fact I learned at Mt. Vernon
Did you know George Washington’s last words were “Tis Well”?
How awesome is that? Such amazing last words!
But yep, that’s all I got. Just thought I’d share that tidbit with you guys.
Okay so over the weekend we had We Love WC Day! That means we had so many prospective freshman visiting campus. I thought it would be weird to have all these prospective freshman here, but it was actually kind of awesome to see people who might be future WAC students, people who might be my friends someday. It was kind of a weird out of body experience. Like walking past people thinking “Will you be my friend? What’s your major gonna be? Will we know each other?” It was weird, but definitely cool. It also really makes me excited for next year when all these students will be here!
Okay I’m keeping this post short today, normally I go on for ages and I probably bore all of you. So short, and sweet today.
Okay, so for Valentine’s Day I really just have to gush about the amazing roommate!!! I am so proud of this girl-she came to clubs I love just because I asked her to, she always helps me out when I need something-this girl is my roommate soulmate.
So for all that craziness of helping me with my theatre stuff, it’s actually paid off. Last night, she decided to audition for a play, just to try it out, and see what would happen. AND SHE GOT INTO THE SHOW!!!!! I AM SO PROUD OF HER! So much love for this girl, and I am so excited to see succeed in theatre-she truly embraces new experiences, and it makes me so happy to see how happy she is with this new one.
CONGRATULATIONS AUDREY!!! Love you girl!
So there’s been this project going around campus called WC in One Word. The general gist is choosing one word that perfectly describes the school, your experience here, anything like that. So I’ve been thinking, what word sums up Washington for me. I’d have to say it’s probably…
I think Washington is eclectic in many ways. First off, obviously, the students. We come from all over the world, from a hundred different backgrounds, and are all one tiny little campus. And we coexist wonderfully. College is like the textbook version of coexisting. And since everyone here is pretty darn chill, I’d say we do that well.
I guess another thing is the buildings. We have everything from extremely old buildings, back from when George Washington himself was here, to beautiful new buildings that are half glass, to a building that looks old but is really new because it burned down (twice) in a fire (the things you learn when your roommate is a student ambassador!) And if that’s not enough, we even have the staircase is Reid Hall that looks like it was plucked straight out of “Gone With the Wind” and plopped down in the foyer. So yeah, them buildings are eclectic.
We also have a million different class options which are so eclectic. We have everything from run-of-the-mill english and bio classes to classes as specific as how nuclear warfare affected theatre. It’s incredibly varied and mind-boggling. Also, it makes choosing classes during registration a
wee massive headache.
But with all that, I think it’s pretty safe to say that I can successfully describe Washington in one word as eclectic. We are varied, and come from a hundred different backgrounds, and yet we thrive and succeed. Basically, we’re awesome. (But maybe that’s just my WAC bias…)
The Common Room- 90% of the time if I have nothing to do I can come in here and chill with all my friends who live here….but for some strange reason the common room is actually empty for once….guess I’m not the only one spending my day off outside… (and yes, it still is cold).
Okay. Here is the number one rule for surviving the weeks of craziness in college.
MAKE SURE YOU LOVE EVERYTHING YOU’RE DOING
If you don’t love everything you are doing, the weeks when every hour is dedicated to something are going to crush your soul. For example, here is my schedule from the past few days.
Breakfast Meeting at 10
Rushing for Sororities 11-4
Theatre Workshop 3-8 (yes there is an overlap)
Singing Practice 10-11:15
Voice Lesson 11:15-11:45
Work Call 2:30-5
and that was only Sunday and Monday.
I NEED SLEEP.
But I love everything I am doing. It’s incredible. And so while I’m doing things I don’t realize how time flies. It’s only when I stop moving that I realize what my life is like.
So here’s my hope for future WAC students-that you can be as involved on campus as I am, and still love every second of it.
Okay, I need sleep.