University of California - Santa Cruz
UC Prompt 1
Describe the world you come from — for example, your family, community or school — and tell us how your world has shaped your dreams and aspirations.
I joined Theater freshmen year out of curiosity for its technical aspects. As a person of science and logic, I was, at first, skeptical about the artistic club and shy to interact with the boisterous Theater community. But the club was full of people whose passion for their work, either as future profession or simple hobby, was contagious. By the end of my first production, I began to enjoy even the simplest task of cutting newspapers to make fake rolls of money. I became enthusiastic about the process of designing and building sets, so much so that I signed up for Assistant Stage Managing and aspired to, one day, lead the crew.
I began Stage Managing during my second year in the club and, starting junior year, ran all three productions throughout the school year. As a student-run club, Theater was always on a tight budget. The stage of each production was a puzzle, pieced by materials leftover from the previous one. My theater advisor and my peers helped me design the set with thrifty creativity. The wooden structure to the second floor of a glamorous hotel was taken apart and reshaped into steps of bleachers in a Spelling Bee. The first level of the scaffolding for the Shakespearian Juliet’s balcony was an entrance to the...
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