Name: Kathryn Kessler
Majors: Theater and Psychology
Graduation Year: 2004
Hometown: Edina, Minn.
I couldn't resist it. The department is full of extremely persuasive people.
I loved acting most of all, but thanks to the liberal arts requirements of CSB/SJU, I learned about all aspects of theater: history, drama form, lighting design . . .
The relationships I formed with older students challenged me to prove myself.
Trying to balance theater and non-theater life. The most valuable lesson I learned: don't live with other theater majors. You need to have a life outside the department to be a more balanced actor/director/stage manager/etc.
Years later we have spread around the country, but they are still my mentors, directors and friends.
Competitive, challenging, caring, instructive.
Educational theater is so unusual in that it's more about the process than the product. I loved that. Use this time to learn, to explore, and to make bold new choices.
Yes, and it was one of the most important choices I made in college. I learned how to travel, how and when to be frugal, how to make friends, how to lose friends, how to miss home, and how to take chances.