I’ve been doing a lot of soul searching lately and started thinking about how much has changed since my first semester at K-State. One thing that hasn’t is my major. I thought about double majoring, taking on secondary majors and minors-but could never bring myself to drop theater altogether. Mostly because theater is such a big part of who I am. This week, I thought I’d share a couple reasons why I love being a theater major!
1. Theater majors just wanna have fun!!
I’m sure everyone would say their major is fun because why else would you major in something unless you liked it, right? No offense, but I think us theater majors are the Big 12 champions of fun. Most of the time, homework doesn’t even feel like work at all. It’s mostly play! You’re getting graded on having fun. You just can’t get any better than that!
2. Theater is action packed
After taking the StrengthsQuest assessment, I found out I am an activator, which means I like to learn while doing. Theater is a perfect fit because that is exactly what we do. As a performance major, most of my classes center around being hands-on and actively engaging in theater, not just theorizing or talking about it. There is a great balance between theory, application and reflection which is SO important.
3. K-State theater gets you connected
The theater faculty and staff are incredibly inspirational because they have real world experience and insight to share with students. They are teaching based on first-hand experiences and are willing to connect students with K-State alumni who are in the professional world. Theater forum is a class focused on this. These awesome individuals are always willing to help you and are a huge support system for students.
4. You learn something new every day
Today, I helped build a sliding door for my Fundamentals of Technical Production course. We used a drill, levels, bolts and other things I don’t really know the name of. I couldn’t believe it! This is something I would never be able to do if it weren’t for this class.
I can say that for a lot of things I have learned as a theater major. I continue to be stunned by how theater connects to other academic disciplines. I’ve been able to apply my major curriculum to psychology, anthropology, biology, and kinesiology among other things. At the root of theater lies communication, which is extremely beneficial no matter what professional field you go into. I know I will use my major every day whether I decide to pursue a performance career or not. This makes it even more clear to me how invaluable my major is. That’s why I love it so much!!
I feel so fortunate to be able to live out my passion for performance every single day. That’s the best thing about college. Learning about what you love is your full-time job. And I’m loving every minute of it.