As some of you may know, this is my first semester fully immersed in the theater world. It has been a challenging and very exciting semester so far, and I feel that I have learned a tremendous amount in such a short period of time.

Just a year ago I was very ignorant to what theater majors did. I assumed that theater majors were just dancers and actors and that lighting design meant flipping a few switches. I was sadly mistaken. The classes that I am taking now, particularly set and lighting design are some of the most interesting classes that I have ever taken. They require a lot of skills that clearly take a lot of time and effort to develop. But the thing that shocked me the most is how much time outside of class is spent in the drafting studio, theaters and the shop.

This semester I was Asst. Set Designer and Props Master for the Threepenny Opera. In the beginning I was a little confused and therefore behind on things that I had to do. But with out this experience I would not have understood how everything in our classes comes together in the theater. I am beginning to understand that it is okay to ask for help and develop a relationship with my professors. It helped me understand the pace, time, effort and beauty put in to making art.

I feel that through this semester I have gained an unbelievable amount of respect for the theater design and technology people in this world.