Marie Fischer—Starting out my junior year, I knew I wanted to be more involved within the school’s theatre department. I had known a lot of the professors, and from the time I spent in my drama club in high school, I knew it was something I’d want to have be a part of my life for the long haul.
I also had planned coming into my junior year that this was going to be my final year. I had it all mapped out, I was taking 18 credits in the fall, I was meeting all of the final requirements in my major and minor and I would be out of here. But then as the semester began, I was stressed out of my mind. Between work, my sorority, school, I was barely ever home and when I was home, I was more interested in just being in my bed than anything else.
Whenever I would tell a professor or adviser I was taking so many classes, they would respond with a pinched face and ask, “why?” To which inside my head I would say, “Frankly, I’m losing my mind and I need help”, but outwardly I would just shrug and say, “It’s been easy!” (It was not easy, but we made it!)
Therefore, coming into the spring semester I knew that I wanted to do something that made me a little more excited each day for what my future could actually hold. And remind myself to have a little fun sometimes. So I ran to the theatre department and kindly, very timidly, asked if I would be able to intern at Geva Theatre.
Even though I had missed the time where we were supposed to have interviewed to intern, luckily, the world and Professor Frank Kuhn were on my side! And now here I sit from my desk in Geva’s literary department, feeling very thankful for all the opportunities that I’ve gotten through Brockport these past three years.
If you had told first semester freshman year Marie that I would be sitting at this desk my junior year, I probably would have laughed and said, “no, I’ll be transferring by the end of the year!” But thankfully, with the surprising help of many professors, my sorority, and my friends, I was able to find my niche. And I couldn’t be more thankful for all that I’ve gotten to do here at SUNY Brockport.
Sometimes, our plans don’t go as we hope, and sometimes that’s the best thing that can happen.