I was born in Portland, Maine and lived there for about ten years before moving to Sugar Hill, New Hampshire, where my family still lives. It’s a small town near Franconia Notch, and the area was so small the high school was composed for four different towns’ children. There, I was a big part of the theatre program and the music program, as it was the only one that sparked my interest. As the years went on, those departments were getting smaller and smaller with people losing interest so I didn’t branch out much further than that. It wasn’t until my senior year when I was in a playwriting class and was a part of a theatre competition that I learned how much I preferred being on the opposite side of the curtain. I preferred to write over perform. I preferred to manage props and set pieces over acting. I spent all my time learning as much as I could of the process of television shows and movies and never knew how it could be applied to my future profession until I entered the Interdisciplinary program here at Plymouth State University.
I originally enrolled here undeclared because I had no clue what I was going to or what major I was going to choose. I figured by doing so I could get my general education credits over with while still being on my own away from home to gain a sense of adulthood. Of course, that didn’t last long as I was told at the end of my first semester that I transferred over too many credits from college courses I took in high school and had to pick a major in my second semester here. I panicked and looked into the Literature and Film area of the English major and asked about that to my advisor, and the option was no longer offered but was still in the catalog. She then recommended Interdisciplinary and fell in love with the opportunities that came with it.
I’ve taken some courses throughout my time here at PSU, and I’ve got to say it’s more about the instructors that influence your interest rather than the course. The most influential have been Paul Rogalus with his writing courses, Ian Halter with his video production courses, and Juliet Harvey-Bolia at the local tv station where I had my internship. Each of them helped me understand the different processes of producing media and what to avoid and gave me tips. It was a hands on experience where I actually produced media instead of just taking notes and eventually a test on it.
I never really fit in at my high school. I wasn’t cast aside or anything, I was just kind of known for singing at events and for television show recommendations. Everyone was planning their futures and I was content with going to a state school and trying to figure things out. A lot of people underestimate this place but it has so much to offer. Through this program I’m finally able to being my interests into my career field and can’t wait to use what I’ve learned.