Hometown: Evanston, Ill.
Majors/minor: English (Rhetoric and Discourse) and Theatre Arts (Dance), Spanish minor
What drew her to Beloit: Before I visited, Beloit wasn’t my first choice. I liked the idea of having strong communication with professors and small classes, because I didn’t want to be just a number. The winter visit—experiencing the classes and campus community—really made Beloit “it.”
What she does outside of class: Dance, Art Club, tour guide for the Office of Admissions, manager of dance costumes in the costume shop, volunteer on campus and in the community.
On keeping her feet busy at Beloit: I’m heavily involved in dance, from December Dance Workshop, Chelonia, and Senior Shows to the upcoming student-run Modern Nutcracker and attending different dance festivals. I really got involved as a freshman and got a great system of community and support.
How she went behind the scenes: I have worked in the costume shop since the end of my freshman year. Last year, I designed 11 Tina Turner costumes for a piece by Gina T’ai, visiting assistant professor of dance. It was a lot of work, but one of the most rewarding things I’ve done. This year, I’m manager of dance costumes.
How her Beloit experience made her internship a success: I interned at the American Dance Festival (ADF) in the costume department and took dance classes. My dance professors here had connections at ADF and encouraged me to go. My work in the costume shop at Beloit was on my resume and helped me get the job in the costume department. I was the only intern in the costume department and learned many things. It was very different from Beloit, but all my Beloit dance classes supported what I did at ADF. As much as I love the department here, it was great to get out of my comfort zone.
What’s next?: I’m going on a study abroad program to Buenos Aires, Argentina in the spring to become fluent in Spanish, live in a larger city, and dance. It’s really exciting to me that I can go abroad. At other schools, if you’re a double major, you can’t go abroad. My advisor worked with me to make sure that I could go and still fulfill my requirements. At Beloit, because you have a connection with professors, you can make your own experiences. It’s very refreshing.