The Real Housewives of Rome

Rutgers requires that you provide a short essay that is your original work. Please reflect on what you consider to be an important personal experience related to your talents, interests, or commitments. Using this experience, please tell us what you learned about yourself. How will this experience prepare you for success at Rutgers?

I don't know what possessed her to do it, but at the of end sophomore year, after we read Julius Caesar, Mrs. Freda decided to assign her classes a video project. At the time, Andin was also in this class, so it just seemed natural to work together -- us being best friends and all. In two days, we settled on an idea -- a Real Housewives parody of Caesar's and Brutus' wives -- and finished the script in no time at all. Besides that, we hadn't put much thought into the shoot; really, we didn't even have a location until that day. So, Rome was a park.

We shot the video on a Sunday afternoon; there wasn't a living soul near the park for miles. It was just me and Andin, screaming into the camera for our confessional scenes. Andin had more scenes than I did, but I took twice as many takes. Even so, the confessionals were the easiest part. The big, climactic scene was a big mess. For one, we didn't have a cameraman, and trust me, no inanimate object was going to replace him though, a trashcan had tried. Eventually, we had to call in Andin's brother to hold the camera. Unlike us, he had some experience. He did everything right, but we couldn't remember our lines. Those lines were great on paper, but in reality, many of them were too...

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