“Last Friday night” by Katy Perry is a song that talks about the crazy antics she and her friends did on Friday. Last Friday night was no where close to the craziness that woman described. I spent Friday in my apartment watching Dave Chapelle’s comedy DVD. Laughing up a storm. After a week of tests, papers, and whatever else school entails, spending some quality time with myself was much needed.
Saturday was a little different. I studied for my Theatre History exam and my friend Jorge asked me if I wanted to go to see a play. Dearly Departed, directed by my friend Janet Solis, was hilarious. I didn’t expect to laugh the whole time. Especially the character played by one of my classmates Tasha Gorel. The best part was being with my friends, because life gets really really busy these days. Watching a play inspires me to act, write, and produce my art. Speaking of art. Auditions for UTNT (University of Texas New Theatre), which are plays written by MFA playwrights in the department, were Saturday. Although I didn’t audition because I want to focus on other goals next semester, my friends Ja’Michael, Dominique, and Jorge auditioned and each of them got called back! Their talent amazes me. As for me, I want to focus on writing. I’m applying for a spot in the UT Lab Theatre for the spring semester.
Sunday was Jorge’s Induction to the Spanish Honor Society (picture above). It was a tear-jerking moment to see him recognized for his accomplishments. Not to mention there was free food (a college kid’s dream!) Afterwards we had dinner (after talking for hours), and then I went to study with my friends Ira, and Polly. Polly, Ira and I never really get any studying done when we are together!
Lesson #__: Be yourself
I’m watching The Mis-Adventures of the Awkward Black Girl, my favorite youtube web series. I realized that Issa Rae the lead actress actually came to UT this Wednesday. I love her awkwardness. One of the reasons I love her is because I’m a bit awkward myself. When they called my friend’s name at the induction ceremony, I stated clapping before I was supposed to. Luckily the audience laughed. Like the lead character, I’m comfortable with my awkwardness. So if I have one piece of advice, it would be to be who you are. Because those who mind don’t matter, and those who matter…don’t mind.
Lesson #__: Give to the world.
Taking Black Power Movement with Dr. Moore has taught me a lot of things. Most importantly, be yourself, and give back. We all have an obligation to help others. I love being apart of UT Service Scholars. It is a wonderful program that encourages students to serve in areas of their interest. I’ve got the opportunity to talk to my Black Power Movement class about it, chat with local Non-Profit orgs, and commit to service my community. Anyone that is involved in volunteerism should apply for this program. It’s one thing to serve, but another to be in a room with many other people who dedicate their lives to helping others. The deadline is Dec. 16, 2011. If you need info, hit me up at email@example.com.
Well, today was my exam. I think it went well. Only time will tell. I hope you have a wonderful day!