Tatiana Maslany on Kathryn Alexandre
“There were times on set where I was so tired and I just didn’t know how I was going to get through the day, how I was going to remember my lines, how I was going to even just be there and she would show up and give me everything and it was like I just fell in love with her. She just was so there for me and so giving of all of her energy and all of her work. That’s the ultimate generosity as an actor.

UCSC no acCeSs Allowed Hip Hop 2014 (CSA Lunar New Year Banquet)

This year’s CSA banquet fell on March 1st, 2014.  The year of the horse. This was probably the banquet that caused the most stress I have ever encountered in my entire college life.  (no lie!)  Balancing sleep, health, school, and CSA - the meaning of college life.  And of course, I sacrificed my sleep and health in order to get things done.  But I have no regrets (maybe a little on the academic side but I can still hopefully catch up with my grades since banquet is over now :o)  Going into the last month of banquet planning sick with sleepless nights was probably the worst.  With all that practice and banquet planning - No sleep = no recovery. It was also the first time ever, and I mean EVER, that I had to stay up until 8am in the morning and skip class in order to get school work done.  (3 TIMES!)  I don’t think I will ever do that to myself again.  

Putting that aside, this was the year that I co-headed something that was actually super time consuming - Slideshow and Zodiac Flim.  Being the overachievers and perfectionists we are, we (or I) had a vision on how the film and slideshow was going to look like and I feel like I strive hard to accomplish that, which was why I wanted to do this in the first place.  I wanted to be Decorations head beforehand and had already thought up of ideas the previous year but new members wanted to take on the job and I felt like I was obligated to let new members head for something since the amount of volunteers to do anything these days are pretty minimal.  Anyways, back to the point, getting together the script was probably the most time-consuming part of the job as well as finding the time to film everyone.  There were of course times where I was SUPER annoyed at the world because time was being wasted and priorities were not set right AT ALL, but that didn’t mean that I did not enjoy the moments and times I was there, whether I was the one filming or the one spectating.  AND of course those endless hours figuring out the editing program and editing the whole thing.  Looking back, I have no idea how everything came together.  I have probably rewatched the slideshow and film more than 5 times and I can say WOW to myself for pulling this together.  Not that I’m taking all the credit because there were others there to help as well, I could honestly say that I am proud to have pulled this off and I feel pretty damned accomplished.  (I will link this when it’s up on youtube someday.)

Moving on, Ican also say that this year’s banquet was the best banquet I have ever been apart of for the past banquets that I have been in.  I truly loved being apart of the whole process and I actually enjoyed myself at banquet even though I was almost in every performance again this year.  I even had the guts to actually sing in front of 300 people (not even a good singer lol).  Surprisingly, I was more nervous during fashion show and hiphop than singing.  Anyways, all the practice for T-dance, fashion show, and hiphop probably took a huge toll to my body but it was the experience that I enjoyed with everyone that made me forget about the real world for a bit.  

Watching through the performance videos,  I feel that there were practice runs that were actually better than the actual performance day performances BUT it doesn’t matter because everyone killed it anyways.  We ALL gave it our best and we ALL probably messed up a little but it’s because we ALL went through so many hours of practice and time to get to where we were.  I can watch this video so many times because I am SO PROUD of how far we have gotten and how amazing we are for pulling this off.  

I love CSA and all aspects of it with all my heart and it’s truly become a part of me that I am so happy to be a part of.  I have no regrets going through hell for this event and club.