It sounds like the beginning of a bad joke: How is a theatre teacher like a senior in high school? When the theatre teacher is waiting for that fat letter from a university that signifies “Yes, you’re in.”
Thin is definitely NOT IN when waiting for the college acceptance letter. Why? A thin envelope typically contains a single piece of paper that starts with: Dear__________, we regret to inform you… And then you walk back up the driveway and eat an entire cake.
Fat is where it’s at when receiving that coveted university acceptance letter, because there’s often oodles of paperwork–tons of additional things you need to sign and send away until you’re enrolled. And then you walk back up the driveway and still get to eat cake, because you’re in!
For the past three years, I have been stalking Southern Oregon University’s Theatre Teacher Training Program to earn a Master of Theatre Studies in Production and Design. Of course, I already have a Masters degree in Theatre, but this one wouldn’t be just for me, it’s for our theatre program here at NSHS. Right now I know just enough technical theatre to be dangerous–but I wanna be lethal. Here’s the kicker: this year, SOU is only accepting 20 new candidates. Would they like me? Would I make the cut?
So I bit the bullet and applied. Like most high school seniors, I had to write a statement of purpose and beg/bribe folks to write nice things about me and file the application on time.
The application was due wayyyyyy back in January. Don’t know about you, but waiting isn’t my strong suit. So I took up roller derby. I figured if SOU didn’t like me, at least I could learn to skate. Since the beginning of February, every Tuesday and Thursday I have been skating in the Monterey Bay Derby Dames fresh meat program to get my stripes. It’s been a blast and keeps me too tired to obsess about whether SOU wants me…
And now they do. And now I can skate. And now I get to start on all that preprogram homework…Life is good.
What do you do…
When you have to wait a long time for something really exciting and important? Seniors, tell us how you kept/keep from going crazy waiting for those college app letters. Underclassmen, what’s your secret for waiting? Give us your advice in two sentences.