My name is Ro, and I am a rising senior at Wagner College majoring in Arts Administration. I am an international student from England, where I grew up in a small countryside town called Morpeth, which is about a 6 hour drive north of London. Nothing exciting really happens in Morpeth… we made national news once when the town flooded, but that’s about it. So naturally I decided to move to the most exciting city in the world, New York! I graduated high school in 2011, and took a gap year in which I backpacked in South Korea, Malaysia and Thailand. It was definitely the coolest and most eye-opening experience of my life. I did some awesome stuff like visiting the North Korean border, zip lining from island to island in Thailand, and climbing the 272 steps at Kuala Lumpur's Batu Caves. When I got home, I headed to the US Embassy in London and got my student visa so I could move to the US for college. I spent two years studying in the beautiful Philadelphian suburbs before transferring to Wagner for Fall 2014.
I spent my first year here meeting a ton of amazing people and getting involved on campus. I am currently the Vice President of the Society of Arts Administration Students, a sister of Alpha Omicron Pi, an RA in Harborview, and I work in the box office and backstage for Mainstage productions. Incoming Freshmen, the best piece of advice I can give you is to get involved! If you have questions about any of the things I’m involved in, feel free to add and message me on Facebook!
This summer I was lucky enough to land my dream internship, working in a management office on Broadway. After a super stressful semester of applying and interviewing for internships, I was offered the Management Intern position at Roundabout Theatre Company, Broadway’s largest not-for-profit. This internship has offered me some really amazing opportunities like attending an opening night party, shadowing the Company Manager of On the Twentieth Century during a pre-show, and touring the American Airlines Theatre, the Stephen Sondheim Theatre, and the Metropolitan Opera House. More on this in a later post, but long story short - I absolutely love it and am learning so much about the industry I am going to work in.
So, that’s me in a nut shell, I guess! I can’t wait to share my summer with everyone and maybe impart some wisdom on surviving/making the most out of college! Cheers to some of the best years of our lives.