It's been awhile, hasn't it? I had some activity the early part of the summer, but then Governor's School happened and before I knew it I was moving into UNCSA. I've been looking forward to both experiences for years, deeply hoping I would be accepted to each program. The fact that UNCSA is now here, and indeed, Gov School has come and gone is surreal to me. It is in one sense, and in another, it's just life now. Every morning I wake up in my dorm room and learn my craft from some of the very best theatre artists in the world. I get to do what I love with other people, youth and adult, who love it, too. I will always be thankful for the friends made, experiences had, and truths learned at my old school, but I know UNCSA is where I'm meant to be right now and that feeling is simply amazing. Every day I learn new things about the world and myself and new possibilities are revealed to me. You can feel the passion in the air here the moment you enter campus. We have dancers, actors, musicians, visual artists, and filmmakers all practicing their artistry every day. There's so much to see and enjoy, so many people to know and love. I'm glad it's only October; there's still so much time left in the school year. Governor's School was only five weeks long - this really taught me the value of time and how every minute can be worth more than words can ever express. What I think I treasure most from Governor's School is the wonderful friendships I made and the people I will feel a connection with for the rest of my life. Right now I'm hoping to see them as soon as I can. We're all headed for exciting things though, because we're GOVVIES, and as I said earlier, it's only October - which means college admissions season is in full swing!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Boy, oh, boy, oh, boy. College. The c-word. That monstrous consumer of time, mental energy, keyboard springiness, and restful bliss. But in the end, all that will be worth it and more. Do I know where I will be a year from now? Not a clue, but I truly have faith that if I give this process my best effort I will end up exactly where I need to be.
By the way, here's a list of movies/shows/plays/books I have enjoyed recently and would highly recommend to anyone interested:- The Kids Are All Right
(awesome indie starring Annette Bening, Julianne Moore, and Mark Ruffalo; dramedic look at the 21st Century American family)
(it's actually been awhile, definitely in the first half of the year, but I have to mention it here; watch, watch, watch)
- Amour (I saw it in February I believe, and I imagined more people would have seen it by now; make sure you do; the direction, acting, and writing combine to create true tour de force)
- Gone with the Wind (watched it when I did the final scene from it back in May; classic for a reason)
- Pulp Fiction (Tarantino at his best; if you've seen any of his others and like his work, be sure you see this)
- Django Unchained (so well told and in the end, a plain good story; in the 2010 decade Tarantino remains one of the world's finest filmmakers)
- Mud (a great Southern film by UNCSA alumnus Jeff Nichols; McConaughey is in top form here; Tye Sheridan is a bright new talent to keep your eyes on)
- Dexter (series ended less than two weeks ago; I watched the first seven seasons last October-December, consuming multiple episodes every single day; the six-month wait for the final season was excruciating; controversial ending but I wouldn't have it any other way; thanks for everything, Dex)
- Modern Family
(I've loved the show for several years now and always will but would say the last two seasons have felt slightly under par if I was being honest; the first two episodes of season five have me beyond excited for the future of the show; if you haven't seen it yet, start now)
- The Laramie Project (I've loved this play for years now, but recently saw a fantastic production at Wake Forest University; read it or see a production or the HBO version)
- Angels in America: A Gay Fantasia on National Themes (watched the HBO miniseries when I was assigned a monologue from it my sophomore year; been spending a lot of time with it lately; one of my favorite plays ever)
- Biloxi Blues (read it a few days ago; haven't laughed so hard in a long time; second in Simon's trilogy on Eugene Morris Jerome)
- Dog Sees God: Confessions of a Teenage Blockhead (be ready for things to get very dark, but if you can handle that, check this out; it's an extremely important play and a strong recommendation for anyone who loves Peanuts, as I very much do)
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