Tell me about yourself:
Originally, I’m from Cross, SC and I was 25 when I entered the program. Previously I earned my undergraduate degree in Theater for Youth at the College of Charleston. Through this program I was able to have many hands-on teaching experiences including working with the special-needs theater program called “The Unified Players” in partnership with the City of Charleston. Ultimately I want to become a Drama Therapist, but I decided that I also wanted to become a certified teacher to have classroom experience to fulfill the requirements to achieve my drama therapy license in the future. I plan on teaching for at least 5 years after graduation to meet the requirement for loans that I have taken out and then I plan on heading to Canada or Massachusetts to earn my drama therapy license. During the program I was able to gain more teaching experience through fieldwork associated with my coursework and I was also given a graduate assistantship teaching at a preschool at the College of Charleston. While in this program, I have continued my work with the City of Charleston’s “Unified Players” and assist them with producing plays. This year we are doing James and the Giant Peach! I am a jack of all trades and a master of some. I work hard and try to do my best at everything that is put in front of me. I love to to put on plays with the Unified Players which is a group for typical and exceptional adults. Side of school, I also love to bake and I am trying to start my own cupcake business. I’m engaged to the most awesome person, Matthew. I am also the mother of two fur babies, Dragon and Shadow.
What is your favorite place on campus? My favorite place on campus is the couches on the second floor of the Simmons Center.
Why did you select UCSC- College of Charleston? I selected the College because I wanted to pursue theatre in a teaching and therapeutic format. Teaching performing arts will act as a stepping stone for my final goal of becoming a dramatherapist.
What does diversity mean to you? Diversity means that everyone is included. Whether that means race, social economic level, ability level or anything else. All deserve a right to follow their own path.
What advice would you give prospective graduate students? Don’t procrastinate! While it may seem like a good idea at the time, you’ll been in for many a sleepless night. Also, don’t be afraid to try something new. You might end up finding your passion in the unlikeliest of places.
To learn more about our Performing Arts (Master of Arts in Teaching) program: http://cofc.edu/academics/graduate-degree-progs/graduatedegreeslist/performingarts.php