Being a theater major, there is always a lot going on that can distract me from fully committing myself to my classes. With all the extracurricular things like auditions and rushing for Alpha Psi Omega, the national theater honor society, classes can be the last thing on my mind. However, I’m glad to be in a department that values classes over extracurricular activities.

When you are taking all theater classes you can get overwhelmed by just how much there is to do. The other day I realized not only am I learning lines for a scene in my acting class, but I’m also learning a Shakespearean monologue for my actor’s voice class, reading a new play a week for my playwriting and theater history classes, and working on projects and studying for tests in my costume history class. When you add being cast in a show, “Tartuffe,” and all the preparation for that show, it’s easy to get lost in all the work.

But like any other person who is swamped in work, you quickly learn the importance of having priorities. When you know what things take precedence over others you can easily achieve in your classes. Knowing that sometimes you will have to sacrifice hanging out with friends and having a social life to get things done is a part of taking responsibility for yourself and ensuring that you will do well in your classes.

This semester has really just begun and the best way to make sure you have a successful semester is to make sure you start off the right way.

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