Greetings lovely people of DePaul! My name is Samantha and I am your new face of The Theatre School at DePaul! I am so excited to be sharing my experiences with you current and prospective Blue Demons this year. Over this coming year I will be sharing with all of you my own thoughts and experiences of college and campus life, my life in The Theatre School, my ascension into adulthood and everything in between. Before we get started, I wanted to take this time to let you know a little about me, where I come from, and my whole perspective coming in as your new Theatre School blogger.
Who I Am: They call me Samantha, sometimes Sam for short. I am currently a junior here at DePaul. I am majoring in acting in The Theatre School, where I am halfway to earning my BFA. I value honesty, a sense of humor, hard work, and having fun. I’m a “the more you put in, the more you get out” kind of girl. I find myself to be a life-long lover of learning, and have accepted making mistakes as part of that. I love to eat, explore the city, watch some good ol’ Netflix in my downtime, and be surrounded by good people and good conversation.
Where I’m From: I am a native of the Pacific Northwest, and was born and raised in Portland, OR, and the surrounding metro area. I am from rainy days and hot tea, recycling and “liberal” thinking. This is now my third year living in Chicago, and I love the city! I grew up an only child, and therefore the first of my parent’s children to go to college. For me, college was an expectation, although I did have support to choose a course of study that interested me and brought me joy. DePaul was the perfect place for me at this time in my life.
My Point of View: I believe that every person’s journey to and through college is unique, because every life is different and unique in its own way. I will say a little about what makes me unique in my way, and what shapes the way I view the world around me and what colors my experiences. First, I am and identify as a Black woman of color. There is a certain perspective that gives me as I walk through campus and through life as a woman, and as black. That intersection is an interesting one, and gives me my own particular voice and point of view. Also, I am from out of state, nearly 2,000 miles away, so as I get used to my life here at DePaul I am also getting used to life in the big city of Chicago and all that comes with it, from amazing opportunities to blistering winters. Lastly, I am a theatre artist, and an actor. I love what I do, and have found the place at DePaul where I can explore this fully. I think truthful storytelling is a powerful and necessary part of human life, and a great responsibility of mine as an actor and a person of the world.
My Hopes for You: I hope over the coming year, you all can get to know me a little better, and by sharing my story and my experiences, I hope that I can encourage others to find the next setting for their story. If that’s DePaul, The Theatre, Chicago, or anywhere beyond I hope that anything I have to say can entertain and stimulate your own reflections on where you’ve been and what’s to come.
Be Well and Shine On, Samantha