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I'm from the South Shore of Massachusetts, about 30 minutes outside of Boston, and we get plenty of crazy snow storms each season. But it's always been those first couple of snowfalls that get me so excited for the change in seasons. Since I've been away at school, it's been a whole different story with the weather. It effects my daily commute and usually my temperament for the rest of my day. And yet I still love being able to walk down Broad street with the flurries flying all around, it's a whole different atmosphere but still the same type of love.

Dec 10, 2013 | Comments (0)

Senior Year In Full Swing

At about the halfway point of the first semester of my senior year, I'm definitely feeling the growing senioritis, but I also find myself having a fair amount of nostalgia. This school has been my home away from home for the past 3 and a half years, and it's been my safety net when it came to my acting. At times it gets hard to be excited about graduation in May. I haven't decided yet whether I'm going to stay in Philadelphia after I graduate, so the prospect of leaving this city is not an easy pill to swallow.

Nov 8, 2013 | Comments (1)

Rough Times

I'm not going to lie, this time of year is pretty awful. This week I have a large project due in Theater History. I have a Stage Combat mock test for my weapon certification test. I have homework in pretty much all of my classes, multiple rehearsals and next Monday are next season's Auditions. Obviously, it's all a bit nerve racking. But this is what this time in my life is supposed to be like. I'm standing at a crossroads and constantly under pressure, but this is when I really mature into a self-sufficient individual.

Apr 18, 2012 | Comments (0)

Ramping Up

April seems to have just shown up, and yet this month continues to fly by. Each week is flowing into the next, melding together all of my classes, just a consistent grinding day in and day out. I start my mornings around 8:30am and finish much later at night or early the next morning. Even though this is a brutal schedule to adhere to, I still find happiness from day to day in the fact that I'm totally immersing myself into my passion. When I lay down to go to bed every night, I can pass out knowing that I've worked my hardest that day.

Apr 11, 2012 | Comments (0)

Good Vibes

As I move furhter along in the semester I find myself in a very comfotable place. The weather has remained beautiful every day, I've gained a better work ethic and the days are flying by. Just the other day, I signed my lease to my new house and will be moving into it this weekend! The entire ordeal seemed to almost come out of the wood work and surprise me, but either way I'm beyond excited to start another chapter in my college life. It's one of those things that you do in your life that helps you realize that you're finally growing up.

Mar 21, 2012 | Comments (0)

Back To School

So it's the first week back from spring break here at UArts, and the weather has literally been phenomenal. It's been hovering around 70 degrees everyday with clear, sunny, blue skies. This has definitely kept my spirits up considering that we also returned to classes this week. Strangely enough, I found myself on Sunday night looking forward to getting back to classes the next day. And it was really nice on Monday, just to see all of my friends and teachers again and not to mention the infectious high spirits from the weather.

Mar 14, 2012 | Comments (0)

Closer and Closer

As I creep closer and closer to Spring Break, it gets harder and harder to keep focused in school. But I've realized theres an efficient way to make procrastination work for me. Whenever I find myself unfocused or feeling lazy, I just find a different way to approach the work so that I remain focused. This has helped me to refine the way I operate weekly. I've been able to make things fresh and interesting over and over again so that I always have a good work ethic weekly. It has definitely made these weeks fly by and now I'm only two weeks away from Spring Break!

Feb 16, 2012 | Comments (0)

Time Flies

I woke up this morning and looked at my calendar, noticing that I was already half-way through the week. It's amazing how fast time flies here once you really get into the semester. I'll go many days now feeling like a 4 class day flew by really fast, while some weekends where I'm not busy seem to lull. The constant routine week to week really helps to make the days fly by. I'm able to focus on my moment to moment learning in class, while also keeping a mindful eye on things that I have to get done after class.

Feb 8, 2012 | Comments (0)

Free Time Dwindling

With each new week, I find myself with less and less free time. It's almost as if each week something new gets added on. Whether its new homework, projects, crew assignments, etc. something new gets added onto my schedule. And even though it all piles up, i still have a level head heading into the more busy times of year. It's not anything that I haven't handled before, and I've handled worse. There's something about this time of the semester that really reminds me why I dedicate all of my time to this work and schooling as a whole.

Jan 30, 2012 | Comments (0)

End of the semester

As the semester comes to a close, I look back on the first half of my Sophomore year. My classes have been brutal but equally rewarding and my job as a tour guide has helped me to find an honest comfort at UArts. This is always my favorite part of the year, not just because of the long break, but also because of the feeling of accomplishment that accompanies me when I go back home. I've learned and matured quite a lot just in the first half of this year that I know after a good break at home I'll be ready and excited to jump back into school for the rest of the year.


Dec 7, 2011 | Comments (0)
Acting '14
Halifax, MA

My name is Collin and I'm a senior acting major here at UArts. I have been acting since I was about nine years old and I love pursuing an education in something I'm really passionate about. Philadelphia is an amazing city and working for UArts has really given me a personal connection with this city and the university.