A Day In The Life As A Theatre Major, As Told By ‘Parks And Rec’

A Day In The Life As A Theatre Major, As Told By ‘Parks And Rec’

We really do live complicated lives.

I’ve heard it on and on. “You wanted an easy degree” or “Maybe you should pick something worthwhile.

Maybe you’re right, but pay my tuition and I’ll let you have a say. However, being a theatre major doesn’t involve much if you aren’t in shows, but if you are in shows, you dedicate your time, sweat, and tears to something that won’t really be counted on a resume. The experience works, though.

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Andy is a sweet soul, not all there but talented in the arts. He does his best to be supportive of any issue that is going on even if he doesn’t understand it fully.

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My attitude towards being a theatre major is more of an April Ludgate. I have the potential, but I just don’t want to do it, even if I want the good grade.

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Being a theatre major consists of a day where I start off going to the gym because keeping up with your body and taking care of yourself is the top priority of an actor. Which sucks because all I want is pizza and a nap.

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After the gym, I have about two seconds before my acting class begins, and if I have to perform a monologue or scene, I must dress the part, even if I don’t know what to wear. And THAT is more of a pain if you have to walk to class in 75-degree weather wearing a pantsuit.

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The next class I have involves a lot of reading that is pretty much pointless to me but according to the curriculum it’s for self-growth, if that’s a thing. Half the time, I don't even know what I'm doing but I just put a lot of eloquent sentences together and I get a nod from my professor and move on.

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That night, I have to work on my prep pages, scene scores, learning my lines. Being a theatre major isn’t much work and it’s confusing, but there isn’t another major I would rather be doing. I mean, the major doesn’t ask for many many math classes, and it only asks for a little bit of your brain and your soul. All we really do is act and look pretty. Sometimes.

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30 First-Apartment Essentials College Kids Forget To Buy At Target And Later Order On Amazon

Don't wait until you need to take something out of the oven to realize that you don't have any oven mitts.


If you're anything like I am, you're beyond excited to start planning and shopping for your first apartment. It's easy to get wrapped up in the fun stuff for your first apartment, trust me, as a former Bed Bath & Beyond employee I could spend hours wandering through shower curtains and bedding.

Before you get too carried away there are just some essential things that you'll need, but they aren't as much fun to pick out. Don't wait until you need to take something out of the oven to realize that you don't have any oven mitts, because I really don't see that ending well for you (I may or may not know that from personal experience).

1. Oven mitts

Gets those oven mitts because the sleeve of your sweater might seem like it will work, but I'm living proof that it won't, most sweaters have holes.

2. Trash bags

Don't wait until you need to throw something away to realize you don't have them.

3. Hand soap

It's not like a dorm bathroom where the maintenance staff refills a soap dispenser that's drilled into the wall. You're on your own kid.

4. Toilet paper

Again, no staff replacing it for you. Stay on top of it and make sure you always replace an empty roll, especially if you have roommates.

5. Water filter or pitcher

This one depends on whether your water is safe to drink or not, but be prepared. You don't want to move in under the summer sun only to realize you don't have any drinkable water at your snazzy new pad.

6. Tools

Hammers, screwdrivers, all that jazz. If you're moving in some furniture you're probably going to need tools to put it together.

7. Lighting

You don't want to be unpacking and stumbling around a new space in the dark your first night. Know what lighting is built in and where you might need to add some light.

8. Silverware organizer

Ok, so you probably remembered to pack the silverware, but do you really want to throw it all in a pile in a drawer? That's a good way to grab the wrong end of a knife by accident, maybe get some dividers to keep your silverware nice and sorted.

9. Dish towels

Most people think about bath towels, but if you're not used to having a kitchen you might not have thought of dish towels. You're going to need those when you're whipping up your favorite dinner.

10. Measuring cups

I'm a huge advocate for estimating and guessing in the kitchen, but if you're baking anything at all you should probably at least have some measuring utensils as a guide.

11. Bottle opener and corkscrew

You're going to want to crack open a drink and celebrate your first night in the new place. Wouldn't it be a buzzkill if you couldn't even get the drinks open?

12. Sponges

You have to be able to clean the counters and the dishes when you're done being an expert chef!

13. Paper towels

Spills happen, and you don't always want to clean them with your nice towels.

14. Toilet plunger

It's one of those things you never really think about... that is, until you need one.

15. Air freshner

You know, for after you use the toilet plunger.

16. Extension cords

You probably have a larger space than you're used to, sometimes those cords that come with all your new electronics just aren't quite long enough.

17. Utensil container

A little round pot or bucket is the perfect place to put all of your kitchen utensils. Things like spatulas and whisks will take up space in your drawers and create clutter. Plus, keeping them out makes them easier to grab when you're whipping up some food.

18. Batteries

There's nothing worse than getting your new TV all set up and realizing you can't use the remote.

19. Curtains

If you need darkness to sleep, you want to make sure you get those bedroom curtains up and ready to roll.

20. Toilet bowl brush

Sorry, but I'm certainly not reaching in there with my hands.

21. Ice cube trays

To keep you cool as a cucumber during this stressful time.

22. Can opener

Try prying a can open with your hands. I dare you.

23. Stain remover

For when you try to pry the can open with your hands and manage to spray tomato sauce all over yourself.

24. Carbon monoxide/Smoke detectors

Cause we don't want any tragedies here.

25. Collander

We both know you will be making pasta every night, so you're going to need to drain it.

26. Coasters

You definitely don't want to ruin your super fancy new Ikea table.

27. Dry erase board

No need to argue over who should take out the trash, just make sure to write down everyone's chores.

28. Underbed storage

On a college budget there's no way you can expect a walk-in closet, those clothes and shoes will have to go somewhere.

29. Drying rack

For when the dryer in your building inevitably stops working.

30. Step stool

If you're short, like me, you need a little help reaching that top shelf.

Hopefully this list has helped you feel a little more prepared to move into your first apartment. The decorating and planning is so much more enjoyable when you know you have all of your bases covered. I wish you the best of luck with your first major endeavor in the world of adulting!

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They aren't just another pair of white shoes.


When I was at the peak of my middle school, just like so many other girls, I wanted a pair of converse. Specifically, white low-top converse. I wanted to be able to have a solid shoe that looked good in pictures and that I could dress up or dress down. To me, Converse were the perfect solution.

I got my beloved pair of converse in 8th grade. After months of begging my parents, they finally caved and bought them for me. From there, I would wear my converse every single day of my life. They went from squeaky clean to incredibly dirty in a matter of months, and I was proud of that.

But what makes them so special?

These Converse have traveled the world with me.

I lived abroad from 7th to 10th grade, and the converse went everywhere I went. From the streets of Venice, Italy, to the caves of Cappadocia, Turkey, to the hot springs of Sapporo Japan, these shoes are my support. My dad eventually started getting annoyed, asking why I would bring them on every trip or why I would wear them to nice dinners. But it's because these specific pair of Converse have, quite literally, been all over the world.

These shoes are almost broken. The soles are ripping, the material on the inside is tearing, and the siding is splitting. But just as tradition goes, these Converse go where I go. So when it was time for college, I wore them on my feet when I stepped into the new chapter of my life.

I don't wear them every single day now - I'm more known to wear my red Stan Smiths now - but that doesn't mean that every time I see them that I smile or think back to what these shoes have done for me. I never knew I could have such a bond with such a material object. I don't think I'll be letting go of these shoes any time soon, because they still have to carry me through so much of my life, and I'm really looking forward to it.


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