A moment of reflection
I'd like to take the opportunity on my third blog to reflect on my experience as a UARTS tour guide thus far. The last time I held such a position was my senior year in high school, when I delivered tours for my alma matter The Haverford School. There are a few overlaps between the two jobs but in all, the experiences have been vastly different. The short-lived but genuine personal connections that can be formed between prospective students and their parents is something I look forward to every tour. First impressions are so important in our lives, and as a tour guide it is our responsibility to not only make a respectful first impression for ourselves, but more importantly, for this University. I do not think we realize sometimes how memorable, for better or worse, a tour can be for prospective students, and no matter the college of attendance, they always remember who their tour guide was. I believe if you are yourself, kind and informative while being as candid and honest as possible, then people will positively respond. Admissions does a great job of giving prospective students a view of UARTS students in a natural environment, with views of The Merriam and Terra always a realistic glimpse into every day life. Giving tours two months is a needed release for me from the roller coaster ride that I experience as a sophomore acting major studying the Meisner intensive.
Andrew Block is a budding actor/writer who is currently being trained by Meisner professor Curt Whipple (‘Waiting for Lefty’). Andrew hails from the homogeneous suburbs of Philadelphia where he previously attended The Haverford School in Haverford PA. He loves films, especially Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid and Best in Show. A blessing and a curse, Andrew is a diehard Philadelphia sports fan, making him an instant minority amongst the UARTS populous. He also spends much of his time on the web series The Pursuit, a collegiate comedy satire with a strong penchant for American history, be sure to check it out. Andrew is the co-creator along with current tour guide Brad Ogden.