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“they set my aunts house on fire
i cried the way women on tv do
folding at the middle
like a five pound note.
i called the boy who use to love me
tried to ‘okay’ my voice
i said hello
he said warsan, what’s wrong, what’s happened?

i’ve been praying,
and these are what my prayers look like;
dear god
i come from two countries
one is thirsty
the other is on fire
both need water.

later that night
i held an atlas in my lap
ran my fingers across the whole world
and whispered
where does it hurt?

it answered
everywhere
everywhere
everywhere.”’

- warsan shire

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Jason Mills, Sarah Lawrence, Greg Mills - The Final Lair

December 5, 2007; Chicago

One more clip of Jason. Again, doesn’t reveal anything too interesting, however it should be noted he seems to focus a LOT on making sure to not use his voice in any kind of strenuous way, not much growling or shouting (ex: “go now and leave me”), so it wouldn’t surprise me if he left because of his voice. Otherwise a very plain performance.

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Sarah Lawrence

I was asked to give a list of pros and cons about Sarah Lawrence, although probably nothing I can say will compare to the stunning accuracy of this post.

Keep in mind I am only a first-year about to embark on my second semester, and these are my own experiences, but these are things I have seen to be pretty consistently true and confirmed by upper classmen. (EDIT: now a second semester sophomore–still all true.)

PROS:

The incomparable academics. I am sure every elite school has wonderful, challenging classes, and  Sarah Lawrence is no exception. But the thing that sets us apart is the one-on-one time with professors and the development of conference projects, which I’m sure anyone who’s attended an info session has gotten an earful about. Do not underestimate it. Sarah Lawrence will simultaneously make you feel so incredibly humbled and limitlessly empowered–you will realize just how capable and intelligent you are, and just how much you do not know. I wish I had the words to express how much my mind has grown, and how excited I am to interview for new classes, and how I spend my showers thinking about everything I have learned until I scribble down pages of thoughts with pruned fingers to breathlessly inquire about during conference time. There is nothing in the world like it.

The cultural growth. For better or worse, you will be exposed to things you never really knew about. Expect to graduate knowing more about queer theory than you ever knew existed, more about drugs than you ever expected you’d do, and more about the nature of people (the good, the bad, and the ugly) than you fathomed you would get out of a small school.

The progressiveness. Pretty much whatever you are, if it is anything other than a socially conservative or prejudiced person, you are welcome here and there is a niche for you.

The city. No comment necessary. (Edit: people feel differently on the issue, but I personally prefer not being entirely submerged in the city and maintaining a small distance from it. It allows for the true college campus/small college town experience and all the gifts of urban life.)

The beautiful campus.

The talent. Of course the majority of people (like anywhere) have shitty poetry blogs and pseudo-artsy lomography collections, but there is true talent to behold at Sarah Lawrence, in every artistic field. Go to the Spoken Word collective and feel chills at a student’s original poem, go to a play in the tiny basement of Bates and feel the world expand beyond the tiny dark room with the intensity of an actor’s projection, go to Heimbold and be awed by a huge abstract painting. There is something to be said about being submerged in a creative culture that produces something real.

The writing. Any way you slice it, you will grow as a writer here.

People and academics. People excitedly talk about their conference projects at parties and people excitedly listen. At the end of the semester, people trade papers to read each others’ and comment on it. Everyone is intelligent and passionate, and everyone is curious.

The people you will see once you get over everyone else, and become friends with. They are for life. They are quietly talented, humbly brilliant, endlessly loyal, and eternally vibrant.

CONS:

The culture. Just as the post I linked to said, Sarah Lawrence has a depressive culture. Often you will go to a party and everyone will be drinking, but you’ll feel something odd about it–then you’ll realize everyone’s drinking as if they’re Hemingway suffering from a war flashback, not as if they’re college students trying to have fun. Most people here define themselves by whatever struggle was in their past, rather than espousing an attitude of positive overcoming for the future. It’s in fashion here to be “damaged”. Many nights will end in people wanting to talk about deep personal shit, often when in the real world you would not be at that point in your relationship with them yet—you might struggle to be sparing with the intimate details of negative experiences. It is not an uplifting place if you don’t make it one.

Social life. Most friend groups are incestuous and get messy fast. Straight men are shared, and many suffer from Golden Penis Syndrome of entitlement and mansluttiness due to the girls they can effortlessly get on campus (some of which they wouldn’t be able to off-campus). Keep in mind, not all of the guys here are like this, there are absolutely nice and genuine men too. However, as a girl who isn’t as attracted to metrosexuality, it is a definite struggle. Also, there are few relationships, however most people “don’t do labels”. A LOT of people resort to OkCupid. There is also an alarming amount of sexual assault, considering the liberalness of the school and its small size, however the administration does an okay job at transparency and responsible handling of reported cases (and when they do not, they are generally receptive to student backlash).

The smoking. As a non-smoker of cigarettes, it really grosses me out how many people on campus smoke (a lot) and how it’s hard to go any given day without getting an accidental mouthful.

Drug and alcohol culture. Cocaine. Some people get really caught up in it and are even forced to take “sick leave”. As far as alcohol, Lawrence Hospital sees way too many students for alcohol poisoning than it should. Other than that, it is definitely easy to drink responsibly, and there is no peer pressure that I’ve experienced to drink stupid amounts. I have had plenty of straight edge friends who do just fine.

The people who aren’t your friends. There is a high level of pretentious hipsters. People do not smile when they walk past you (i.e. being “Sarah Lawrenced”). Everyone knows everyone else’s shit, because people are very gossipy.

The political correctness. It can reach ridiculous levels sometimes, and can sometimes feel like a witch hunt. Be very, very careful with your wording when you’re having any kind of political or social discussion–even though your intentions are good, your word choice is what is judged.

MYTHS:

The gender discrepancy. Yes, it absolutely exists, and you will obviously notice more women than men. However, it is not nearly as huge of a gap as you think it will be, and becomes more or less even (or seems to) over time.

Ugliness. People here are gorgeous. The boys just walked out of GQ and the girls out of Tumblr.

Everyone’s gay. There are many LGBTQ students, and since it’s Sarah Lawrence almost everyone is pretty open and will kiss just about anyone when intoxicated. But there are DEFINITELY straight men and women to be had, but don’t trust your gaydar. Metrosexuality is everywhere.

You will know everyone because it’s so tiny. Amazingly, you won’t. You will meet new people all the time. Someone will talk about someone and you’ll say, “who?” Unfortunately, as I mentioned, gossip does fly and it is enabled by the tiny bubble of the school. Granted, you will see the person you drunkenly hooked up with across the lawn or in the Pub for the next four years. But there are still always new people to meet and new social circles to enter.

Everyone is rich. There is great socioeconomic diversity at Sarah Lawrence. There is no political diversity, and little racial diversity, but the spectrum of socioeconomic class makes for a span of perspectives. It is the most expensive college in the U.S. but also one of the most generous.

MY THOUGHTS:

This was not my first choice school, but if I had to go back in time, it would be. I cannot imagine going any place else. It is crazy, unique, intellectual, creative, and transcendent. It absolutely has its cons (as I’ve outlined), but they are all 100% worth the pros. This place is not for you if you aren’t completely committed to being challenged, exhausted, criticized, and to spending more time on a paper than you ever have. This place is not for you if you are depressed and need a culture that won’t bring you down, or if you are over-impressionable to social surroundings and have an addictive personality. This place IS for you if you want to use your time in college to explore–academically, emotionally, and creatively. Sarah Lawrence is intense, in every way, and it is for intense people.

moodyaesthetic-deactivated20141  asked:

Hi, thank you so much for messaging me about SLC, I can't tell you how much I appreciate it. I'm a senior in high school and I'm really interested in Sarah Lawrence. If you have some time, could you tell me more about the school? Like social life and maybe some of the classes you've taken and what the conference system is like? Really anything you don't mind sharing! Thank you so much for taking the time to message me : )

Of course! Ahh, senior year, the time of wanting to relax and college papers. 

Sarah Lawrence College is, first and foremost, not a women’s college. I’m sure if you’ve looked at it you’d know that, but many don’t, so I’m just going to put that out there haha. There are definitely more women than men there, and DEFINITELY more all types than straight men there. SLC is kind of like a safe haven/secure bubble for people in the LGBTQ (and any other letters) community…as long as you are active in said community. But more on that another time.

Probably the most confusing part about SLC is the donning and conferencing systems. SLC is like a smaller, less intense version of Oxford (which we have exchange programs to!), ie, we have what we like to call dons. Other universities tend to have faculty advisers per your major, and they help you with putting you on the right path, which classes to take to fulfill your major’s credits needed. SLC has dons - faculty assigned to you in your first year that you have for your four years (unless you really don’t like them and switch, but you can learn more about that if you come to SLC). They’re assigned to you by what you choose to have for your First Year Studies (FYS). Last year, my FYS was a writing course, and Mary Morris is my don. I want to be in the writing/publishing realm, so that’s why I chose a writing FYS. But you can take a FYS in almost any topic I believe. 

Conference: Conferences, and conference work, is what makes SLC pretty special. Generally, we don’t have tests or exams to end the semester, and we don’t rely on letter grades as our final say on passing from professors (although if you ask, you can get a transcript with your letter grades). Conferences are half hour sessions with your professors every other week, and you go and talk to him/her about your conference work. Now, conference work can vary per class - my writing course, I wrote about 20 or so pages of personal family stuff by the end of the class (year long), and for my friend’s film course, he had to shoot something like five five-minute long films. So depending on the course, you can do a range of things. Most of the time, per semester, you write a 15-20 page paper on a topic of your choice, and double that if you take a year-long course, and choose to do a year long conference work. In my year long Christianity course, I did 2 semester research papers, 15 or so pages each, and another kid in my class did a year-long work, and wrote a 60 page story. So there’s free-reign, generally, on what you can do for conferences. Most of the time, professors say, in their course descriptions or interviews, what people have done in the past for conferences.

Interviewing: Interviewing is the precious three days in the week before classes start that students scurry around campus and let a professor explain to you why you should take their class. You are interviewing the professor, not the other way around (which most people don’t understand). It’s generally a good idea to have questions prepared, but otherwise, the professor will talk for 15 or so minutes about why their course is worthy of your semester or year. It’s a way that we as students can rely on more than just the course description to decide what to take. It’s a bit awkward at first, but you get used to it the more you do it. And also, tip: interview for more than just your maximum number of courses (which is 3). If you get bumped from a class, you might have to do alternative registration, which you will learn about if you decide to come.

Classes: Going back to that Oxford thing, you only take 3 courses per semester. Now, that’s different for Thirds, but we’ll talk about that later. You can take 3 courses each semester, with a mixture of year long and semester long courses, lectures, and seminars. The difference between lecture and seminar courses, is that lectures don’t have conference work, and seminars do. Lectures are bigger (max. 80 I think) and seminars are smaller (max. 16). Lectures have group conference, smaller, shorter class times, generally 15-20 kids per g.c. Seminars have that one-on-one time I mentioned earlier. 

You can look at the course catalog to get a gist of what is offered at SLC. We pride ourselves in our writing, visual arts, and psychology, but we offer tons of other disciplines, like the sciences, mathematics, history, gender studies, languages, etc. And that’s the beauty of our school: if you have more than one passion and you don’t know what you want to major in, you can take it all. One of my really good friends is planning on taking French, chemistry, and art history. So you can pretty much do anything.

Thirds: If you’re interested in theater, music, dance, or languages, there are what we call Thirds, where a third of your courses are actually compose of “components”, or multiple classes in that specific field. So for theater, you can take like, set design, acting, costume design, etc. So say you take those three for your theater third, AND THEN also two other course, say in history and writing. So you have a lot more work, a lot less time - but it’s your passion, and that’s what you love to do. Or something to that degree. I am not a third of any sort, so I could be a bit wrong about how the acting third works. But if you are interested in being a third, I might know some people on tumblr that are/were/are going to be thirds of each type that you can probably talk to and get a better idea of what a third is really like.

Sports: I don’t know if you’re into sports, but that’s something that, surprisingly enough, we do have at SLC. We have: tennis, basketball, volleyball, swimming, crew, cross country, women’s softball, equestrian, soccer, and golf. Women’s basketball and women’s golf are club, but all other teams are varsity, which basically means it’s a legit team on campus. I swim, I’m one of the captains of the team this year, and to be honest, probably one of the best decisions I made this past year was to join and stay on the swim team. Some of my best friends are from my team, some of the best and nicest people I’ve met have been in the athletics department. And the beauty of our athletics is that because we’re only provisional DIII (as in we’re not yet DIII, but 2014-2015 school year we should be), it’s not so intense that you have to put all your time into it, but it’s intense enough to feel like a real sport. And every coach understands the workload we have, and understand that we’re students before athletes, so we don’t have that rivalry in our scheduling.

Social Life: We’re not a party school. People drink, people smoke, people do anything and everything on this campus, but we are not a party school. We’re about 1200 kids, and we have no greek life, so we are not known for throwing crazy wild parties. A lot of the time, it’s pre-gaming in your room and then going to your friend’s place and hanging out, and it’s all very relaxed. There’s parties every once in a while, and they’re a lot of fun; it’s just who you know. But we’re very relaxed in the sense that we don’t have massive parties every weekend that get shut down by the cops. 

Alright, that was a lot to digest. If there’s anything I didn’t cover, just ask :) I feel like that was pretty basic stuff, so if you want anything in specific more in depth, you know where to find me! And good luck with all your senior year/college-finding adventures!!

what is a conference paper? and how do i conquer one?

a reflection on the sarah lawrence way while abroad.

(this is something i wrote back in november, but accidentally left sitting in my drafts.)

for those of you non-gryphons in the house (that is, people not affiliated with sarah lawrence), a conference paper or project is the semester long experience of studying a theme of one’s choice and then writing an essay or otherwise presenting the findings to be graded at the end of the semester. the process is often considered as a research-based class that is separate, but related to the original seminar - sarah lawrence explains the reason each student only takes three courses a semester is because in edition to the time spent working for these courses, a student is usually studying at least two, or even three conference topics (depending on the number of seminars taken - lectures are more weekly hours an do not require extensive projects). these projects or “conferences” are guided by the professors of each seminar, but are otherwise separated from the daily material of each class.

now, the right way to go about the conference paper (paper here, for me, - because i like to do papers, so this will just be about the paper process. some people do other forms of presentation) is to set deadlines for yourself. most professors give you a very generous time frame, so it is entirely up to you to get anything done.

for example, fall semester would look something like this:

  • find a topic by the end of september, very first week of october at latest. write a possible outline. start gathering potential sources. use october study-days (two days that we get off for, oh, you guessed it, studying, but what are usually used for, oh, you guessed it, anything but) to peruse the sources and select key points that you want to touch on - start taking down quotes and creating a works consulted list. rewrite your outline.
  • complete preliminary research by the end of october, finalize your outline, and start writing sometime in early november. hand in your shitty first draft for editing in mid-november, whether or not it’s a requirement. realize you hate the organization or that you’re actually more interested in another aspect of the same project, and rewrite your outline.
  • momentary panic around thanksgiving, thank goodness it’s thanksgiving. take a break. come back. you’ve still got three weeks to go. add to your research, finalize a second draft. reread it, rework it, freak out about it, do a dramatic reading for your stressed out friends. get enough sleep every night regardless of how worried you are about finishing it. rewrite the introduction and conclusion five million times. allow yourself one all-nighter, or two half-nighters. read it out loud one more time to your exhausted roommate and then declare it done, you can’t think about it anymore, it is perfection.
  • print it and hold it in your shaking hands as you take it to your professor. reluctantly drop it into their waiting hands or door-box. if you did it right, this should be happening the week before school lets out. sleep for a day. party every night afterwards, and then, fuck yeah, go home.

unfortunately, if you did it right, you’ll be partying every night alone. here’s the timeline of the average slc conference paper process (the variation of topics is slightly exaggerated, but the rest is realistic):

september. first week: topics topics topics. I WANT TO WRITE ABOUT THE LANGUAGE USED IN BLOGGING. third week: OH WAIT NO I WANT TO WRITE A PLAY BASED ON MODERN TIMES IN SPANISH.

october. first week: WAIT NO I GOT IT! POEMS BASED ON THE EVENTS OF EUROPEAN ARRIVAL IN THE AMERICAS IN THE 1400S. IN SPANISH. october study day #1: help, somehow i got convinced into studying rice production in the philippines. october study day #2: AWESOOOME this paper’s gonna be soo easy, now, i’m writing a collection of short stories!! the next weekend: UGH HE JUST CHOSE THREE BOOKS FOR ME TO READ AND WRITE MY CONFERENCE ON. IN SPANISH. the last weekend in october: NO NO NO FINALLY I GOT MY TOPIC GUYS YESSSSSS THE BEST - i’m writing about how the SLC community feels about its possible switch to the NCAA!!! ballin!

november. hmm. i need to start doing interviews. hmm. i need to start doing interviews. hmm. i need to start doing interviews. OO THANKSGIVING, I LIKE TURKEY AND PIE. wait. wait a second. WAIT THE LIBRARY IS OPEN 24 HOURS ALREADY!? SHITE. I NEED TO DO INTERVIEWS. and so begins the research process, whatever it may be (interviews, scrolling through jstor, bugging the librarians for all their resources on a niche topic that no one else has ever heard about, painting, drawing, etc).

december. CONFERENCE WEEK. conference week is actually the three weeks at the end of the semester that the library is open 24 hours straight. it’s not an actual week because people have conferences due at different times. conference week is when most shit gets done. things i have seen people do and a few things i have done (yes, guilty)in the library during the four conference weeks i have managed to survive through: stayed in the library until the sun comes up, watched a real life nerf-gun war, washed my feet in the library sink only to find out that the horrific odor that was plaguing me was actually coming from the sock-less feetsies of my friend sleeping in the beanbag chair next to my desk, taken a nap/watched many naps take place on chairs/beanbags/the floor. had fights with the vending machines. won (extra bag of chips jeah!). lost (i just spent five dollars of 1card cash and now i’m out and i got nada and my various appendages hurt because hitting plastic is a smart idea). eaten entire meals (yes, in the library). with friends. by myself. played loud screamo music to keep myself awake. without headphones. heard people play loud pop music to keep themselves awake. without headphones. wrote about people on likealittle. tried to figure out who was who on likealittle. was written about on likealittle. don’t get me started on SLCanon. you don’t want to know.

a selection of these things happen to almost every sarah lawrence student, regardless of how productive they are. at the very least, that kid who got all his shit done last week has been relegated from fellow sufferer to snack runner, and ends up hanging out with everyone anyway, watching a movie on netflix while the rest of his friend group works frantically around him, occasionally cursing him while predicting their various, increasingly hellish, dooms. it’s likely that bitch-with-his-shit-together will be pulling an all-nighter the day before his buddy’s project is due anyway, giving back rubs and providing chocolate when necessary.

that last night. is the closest you will ever come to hell without actually going to hell. but then you winston churchill your way to the other side because you keep walking, or working, until you can’t work anymore. then you do some sort of victory dance or celebration in the library and everyone looks at you. with that look of absolute loathing. and then the whole printing-handing-to-professor step is pretty much the same, you’ve just got one eye bugging out and you probably need to take a shower and you definitely need to sleep for half a week, if not the entirety of one.

although that is not the specific way that most of my conference projects went, that is the slightly exaggerated version of how many conference papers are written. (i’ll be honest, i usually stay up late during conference week more for the comfort of having people around than actually needing to get work done. and i do most of my research before the 24 hour library period starts. so i’m a little ahead of the game, most of the time. but we’ve all been sucked into the conference week vortex at least once, and it’s a hard thing to pull yourself out of. still, we usually all make it through.)

anyway, somehow i found myself writing a conference paper-esque essay here, in buenos aires, in spanish, in four days. this is perhaps the best organized and, in the end, least stressful experience i have had writing a research paper in a long time. the barring common grammar mistakes of a foreigner, i think this one - all 20 pages, including the photographs i took for it - is a winner.

i mean, i already knew i could do it. but i’d never actually had to compress the research and the writing for a paper that long into such a little space of time. and i have to say, i’m very happy with the results. won’t be repeating it - this isn’t an experience that afterwards i’m thinking, oh i can do it in four days? okay, let’s procrastinate on conference projects until i have four days. no. i’m going to spread it out. maybe i’ll aim for four days early on in the semester, and then give myself a whole month or so to have my professor read it, so that i can then edit it thoroughly.

here’s to hoping i learned something. or that is, hoping i’ll put to use what i learned from experience. i definitely learned something. for those of you sarahs out there currently in the springtime conference cycle, good luck and i hope you enjoyed your spring break while you had one!

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“The ABCs of Sarah Lawrence: an unofficial introduction”

anonymous asked:

I am a senior in High School thinking about going to Sarah Lawrence. Any tips on applying ? And what it's like at Sarah Lawrence ?

First of all, congratulations on applying to college! You’re about to make a very big life-changing choice, and that’s great. I’m very excited for you.

The Sarah Lawrence application process itself is not difficult. You just have to submit your Common App and SLC also has its own supplement, which you can find on either the Common App website or the SLC website if you haven’t already. If I remember correctly, it was just a few short questions, an essay, and you have to submit a previously written graded research paper, preferably from your junior or senior year of high school. My biggest and best tip for applying is to just be yourself and be honest about what you want to get out of your college experience. SLC gets a lot of unique and talented applicants, but the ones who get accepted are the ones who truly make it seem like they are a perfect fit for the school.

I don’t know what you’ve heard about us, but Sarah Lawrence is definitely not a “traditional” college experience. The academics are what you make of them- you essentially build your own curriculum. That may seem really scary and intimidating to some people but it really is so liberating to be 100% in charge of what YOU want to learn. Yes, there are more women than men but it’s not really something you notice unless you’re sitting in class and it’s made up of 9 girls and 1 guy (not including the professor), or if you’re a heterosexual woman trying to date. We have a very large and lovely LGBTQ community on campus, and everyone is generally very accepting of others’ sexual orientations and gender identities (you should be anyway!). Our theatre department is very popular and a lot of people are involved in some type of performing art, whether it be onstage or behind it. In my opinion, the music, poetry, and literature departments are the hidden gems of Sarah Lawrence. Sports teams are present, but certainly not worshipped. School functions like dances and open mic nights have sadly kind of decreased in popularity the past few years. I hope that changes soon (like by the time I get back from being abroad… get on that, kids). We aren’t normally given exams based on rote memorization and we don’t take midterms or finals. Instead, we work on conference projects (which can be anything from a 30 page paper to a short film to an art installation) based on subjects we’ve been studying all semester. We also don’t get traditional letter grades (well, we do for purposes like grad school, but they don’t really count otherwise), we get full written evaluations from our professors. The dorms are really nice and mostly any one you live in has its own unique charms. Campus is small and easy to navigate. Your friends will humble you with their intelligence and talent. Your professors will challenge you to think hard and ask questions. You might write a play, take photographs, take a seminar on politics in the Middle East, learn stage combat, or take a lecture on The Odyssey. You will write. A lot. 

Long story short: if you want to go to a rah-rah school where everyone goes to football games and frat parties, don’t apply to SLC. If you want to sit in a lecture hall with 200 other kids, don’t apply to SLC. If you want to be surrounded by artists, writers, activists, and performers who are all passionate about learning for the sake of learning, apply to SLC. If you want to deeply explore subjects you would have never dreamed of studying elsewhere, apply to SLC. You’ll have the time of your life and grow into a capable, intelligent forward-thinker. You will love who you become. SLC is my home and I couldn’t see myself at any other college. I hope you find somewhere that makes you feel the same, whether it is Sarah Lawrence or elsewhere.

Let me know if you have any more questions! Best of luck! xo

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The Las Vegas Christines

If I’ve managed to keep a correct list over all the Christines in Las Vegas, there was 9 in total. The Las Vegas production started with two principals, due to 10 performances a week. Eventually they started doing 8 performances a week, and introduced the usual principal/alternate split. In addition there were several understudies and some vacation covers.

  • Elizabeth Loyacano (principal 2006-08)
  • Sierra Boggess (principal 2006-07)
  • Kristen Hertzenberg (u/s 2006, alt. Aug. 2007 to 2012, away from June 2008-09, + Sept-Nov. 2011) 
  • Kristi Holden (principal 2007-12)
  • Sarah Elizabeth Combs (u/s 2006-12)
  • Amanda Huddleston (u/s 2006-07, alt. June 2008-09, u/s 2009-12)
  • Sarah Galbraith (Aug. 2007 - May 2008)
  • Bonnie Fraser (u/s June 2008 to Nov. 2008) 
  • Sarah Lawrence (u/s Dec. 2008 to Feb. 2009)

Of these, at least four of them also played Christine in other productions: Elizabeth Loyacano on Broadway, Sierra Boggess on Broadway and the RAH concert, Kristi Holden in the World Tour, and Sarah Lawrence in the US Tour.

ETA: so I forgot about Erin Stewart and Megan Starr Levitt!

anonymous asked:

So i'm an incoming freshman.. I am seriously nervous.. I was reading comments on sarah Lawrence and syked myself out... Alot say how unfriendly the people are.. and that there is an insane amount of work.. I also have problems with social anxiety, and a comment mentioned many professors picking on students. I plan to participate.. Another comment said something along the lines of slc not being worth the cost.. Im terrified.. what is your experience with slc like?

Oh, sweetheart. Don’t be nervous!! You are in much better company than you think. 

Since Sarah Lawrence is such a small college, you will quickly become familiar with most of the student body- upperclassmen and lowerclassmen alike. The friendly, outgoing people will make themselves known to you. They are members of the Green Team that help you move in, the Orientation Team, the RAs, people you sit next to in your classes, the girl standing in line at the Pub who likes your shoes, or the smiley guy who gives you directions to Slonim House. A lot of people here are also introverts and have problems with social anxiety as well. So if someone acts standoffish towards you or “Sarah Lawrences” you (not acknowledging you if you say hi to them in passing), it might be because of that. In my experience, I have never met a student here who was truly mean or unfriendly. In fact, one of the reasons I went to Sarah Lawrence was because of how nice everyone seemed and how well I was treated as a prospective student. 

I, personally, have never ever ever had a problem with a professor picking on me. Yes, I’ve heard how some professors can be tough and unyielding, but— you don’t have to take classes with any of them. That’s the beauty of being able to interview for your classes. If you interview with a professor and you don’t like their attitude or the way they treat you, don’t sign up for their class. But all of my professors this far have been kind, helpful, intuitive, wildly intelligent, and wonderful friends to me. I highly recommend Bill Shullenberger, James Horowitz, Sean Akerman, Scott Calvin, Rachel Eliza Griffiths, and literally any of the music faculty (especially Chet Biscardi, Toby King, and Pat Muchmore!!!). The Princeton Review didn’t award us the #1 college faculty in the nation for nothing! 

The workload is also what you make of it. Lectures usually call for a lighter workload because you aren’t required to do a full conference project at the end of the semester. So if you’re concerned about taking on too much right away, take a lecture. It’s important to ask the professor what the workload is like when you are interviewing with them. Usually they will give you a syllabus to look at. Frankly, it’s very easy to take light classes and glide through the next four years, but I wouldn’t recommend it. That’s not what a Sarah Lawrence education is all about. 

Finally- and this is the same case with any college- Sarah Lawrence is worth the cost if you make it so. If you just sit in your room and don’t take advantage of any opportunities and take easy classes on purpose, it certainly will not be worth your money. But if you go and use every little bit SLC has to offer, it becomes an invaluable experience that $60k/year can never amount to. 

Sarah Lawrence is a beautiful school and I sincerely hope you have a great time here. Please don’t be nervous or psyche yourself out for nothing! If you need anything else I am always here. xo