Looking Back to Look Forward

During this coronavirus pandemic, you may find yourself with extra time on your hands. Maybe you choose to spend it completing unfinished projects or learning a new skill. Maybe you binge watch every show on every streaming service or scroll through every social media and save every meme. Or maybe you’re an essential worker and you only have time to eat and sleep when you finally get home, if you’re lucky. No matter your situation, we can all use some extra positivity. During these challenging times, one way to hold on to happiness is to reflect on your good experiences … Continue reading Looking Back to Look Forward

New Apartment, New Shows, New Food… New York City

I moved to NYC in October of last year. Finding an apartment in NYC is tough when you don’t already live here, as counter-intuitive as that seems. My first apartment was in Flushing, Queens. As a blonde, white woman, I was worried about feeling out of place in the primarily Asian town. But it was the only place I could find within my budget and with someone who would take in an out-of-towner. Despite the language and culture barriers, I got used to the area after a bit, but it still didn’t feel right for me. Then, near the end … Continue reading New Apartment, New Shows, New Food… New York City

A New Chapter Begins

October begins tomorrow, so I guess it’s safe to say summer has ended. With this ending, comes a new beginning for me as an Endeavor Air flight attendant in NYC. I spent four weeks of intense training in Minneapolis and graduated on Sept. 13. My mom flew in to pin me at the ceremony. I looked around at my fellow trainee class and was happy to find I was not the only one with eyes full of joyful tears. During training, we were drilled and tested each day. Yet, we found some time to explore Minnesota! I visited uptown Minneapolis, … Continue reading A New Chapter Begins

It’s Been a While…

Some of you may have noticed I haven’t posted since the new year. Some of you may not have noticed. Either way, here’s why: My final semester of college began with the Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival (KCACTF), where I participated in an intense workshop series called Institute for Theater Journalism and Advocacy (ITJA). With the program, I saw 7 plays at the festival and wrote reviews on each, 2 of which were workshopped by professional theater critic Andy Propst. I took what I learned from ITJA and applied it to my English senior seminar class that semester. I … Continue reading It’s Been a While…

2017 Roundup

The last few months of 2017 were exciting, but I cannot say they were as exciting as the first few weeks. I celebrated the beginning of 2017 in Brussels, Belgium and visited France, Greece and Germany before my final week in England for study abroad. Even though the end of last year could not compare to the beginning, here are some highlights of the last two months: Phi Sigma Pi Philly Cup soccer tournament: I competed in a soccer tournament with a few of my Phi Sigma Pi bros from ESU and other universities, mostly from the east coast. My … Continue reading 2017 Roundup

Halloween 2017

I spent this Halloweekend celebrating with theater friends and my Phi Sigma Pi bros. I was a basic witch on Friday and a geek on Saturday. Also, I finally got my driver’s license Saturday morning! Now all I need is a car so I don’t have to rely on others to take me to doctor appointments, etc. That will be a huge weight off my shoulders. The Monday before Halloween, I saw “Madame Butterfly” at the Metropolitan Opera in New York City. I went with fellow theater majors from ESU. This opera was not the best, but also not the … Continue reading Halloween 2017

Salem and “The Crucible”

As part of the theatre department at East Stroudsburg University, I am performing in “The Crucible” this week. There are two more chances to see the show: tonight at 7:30 p.m. and tomorrow at 2 p.m. Our production invites audiences to connect the 1692 Salem witch hunt with modern day “witch hunts” involving cults and scapegoating. Throughout the show, we incorporate projections and tableaux to emphasize themes in the play and reality. I am part of the production’s dramaturgy team, so I researched media to include in the projections. I also choreographed the opening ritual for our production. Along with … Continue reading Salem and “The Crucible”

ΦΣΠ and Other ESU Happenings

I was inducted into ESU’s chapter of Phi Sigma Pi National Honor Fraternity last Monday. I can finally say I am officially a brother! I say “finally” because I could not go to the original induction with my initiate class since I was working on a show that night. Because of this, my make-up induction ceremony was quite small. But I am grateful for all the brothers that could show up to make my night memorable. The show that I was working on during that original induction was ESU’s production of “Little Shop of Horrors.” I was a run crew … Continue reading ΦΣΠ and Other ESU Happenings

ESU Global Week 2017

ESU surpassed my expectations for this year’s Global Week celebration by bringing in baby goats and other exotic animals and hosting informative and entertaining events last week. The baby goats were the first highlight, as part of the World Fair. We knew a camel and yak would be on campus from the flyers, but those baby goats were an adorable surprise for many. The brown one was especially hyper and seemed to love interacting with people, running towards human hands and jumping around to catch our attention. Stickerbush II the porcupine and Houston the armadillo were nice surprises, too, because … Continue reading ESU Global Week 2017