University of California - Riverside
How have you learned from extracurriculars?
This was it, the moment of truth. All that was going through my head was, “Please don’t forget your lines, please don’t sing a wrong note, please don’t mess up; so many people are watching you.” I felt like my heart was going to pop out of my chest. I took a deep breath, smiled broadly, stepped onto the stage and had one of the best experiences of my life.
Ever since I was little, performing was a huge part of my life. I learned to play piano at age five. I would sing and dance all around my house but the first time I ever sang in front of an audience, other than my family, was that heart pounding moment in 5th grade. I had a solo in the choir performance and I was terrified. That first note, under the bright lights, cured me of my shyness and propelled me to pursue music. I joined every group that would have me: concert choir, show choir, and jazz choir. I couldn’t sing enough.
During freshman year I decided to audition for the musical theater program. I didn’t have much acting experience so I auditioned for a small ensemble role. Suddenly, there I was, cast in the opening number of A Chorus Line. I delivered my one line, “Touring company,” perfectly and instantly fell in love with every aspect of participating in a musical....
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