Honors Specialization in English Language and Literature, Minor in Theatre Studies
Arts and Humanities Head Soph, Arts and Humanities Students’ Council, Public Humanities, Theatre Western, USC Charity, CSA Western Voice, USC Public Arts, MSF/Doctors Without Borders, Purpology, HerCampus, and Owner of ArtLaunch Theatre Company.
Why did you choose Arts and Humanities at Western?
Oddly enough, my journey at Western did not start in the Faculty of Arts and Humanities; I was planning to pursue a degree in political science but was bitten by the English literature bug after enrolling in English 1022E: Enriched Introduction to English Literature with Professor David Bentley. No other class taught me as much in my first year. The arts have always been an integral part of my life, and I decided to switch faculties early in the school year. The arts are a celebration of humanity and are much more interdisciplinary than commonly thought.
You learn a little history, theatre, and scientific or cultural theory in every single class that you take regardless of the sub-discipline.
What is one highlight of your Arts and Humanities experience so far?
Last year, I got to direct Jean Anouilh's 'Antigone' (trans. Lewis Galantiere) at the ARTS Project for the Arts and Humanities Students' Council. I brought students together from so many different disciplines to mount an adaptation of a classical text at a community venue. So many students and London community members were involved and excited about a Greek tragedy. It was awesome and such a bizarre feat for a group of academics.
What are your plans after graduation?
I'm in the process of writing my LSAT (Law School Admission Test), and I would love to attend graduate school for Law and Literature, but then again it's hard to give a concrete answer right now. I may end up somewhere for playwriting, who knows! There are so many options available to me.
What advice would you give to incoming Arts and Humanities students?
Study what you love. It sounds so cliché, but it's the best piece of advice. You'll succeed so much more in a program that makes you want to wake up in the morning. I would also tell incoming students to never listen to stigmas present about the arts community—that you won't get jobs or make money.
I'm planning on paying for law school with the money I've made from my playwriting—take that, stigma.
What is the best thing about your program or department?
The best thing about my program and department is listening to Professor John Leonard recite entire speeches of Paradise Lost so passionately from memory. Take his class; you won't regret it.