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Student Spotlight: Shoshana Blair

Student Spotlight: Shoshana Blair

Feb 16, 2015

An interview with Senior Theater BA, Shoshana Blair from Bexley, Ohio.

Why did you come to Ohio University?

My parents both went to OU and I live far enough away that I can have that feeling of independence, but I’m not too far that I don't have the ability to go home and see my parents and dogs. I had also visited campus multiple times before my college visit since I can first remember, but that was primarily to attend the football games with my parents.

What are some of your most valuable experiences at Ohio University theater?

Anything involving Madness, be it performing in one, being front of house, or simply attending I feel has changed who I am as a person and as an artist. I know seem to plan my weekends based on whether or not there’s going to be a Madness because I don’t want to miss one for any reason. Practicum in production design has also surprisingly for me been an amazing experience. After working in the costume shop for a semester, I now know how to fix buttons on my clothes, sew on hanging straps for my skirts, and other basic sewing needs that everyone should know. Being on publicity practicum has helped me learn key places to hang posters for different events with my internship at Hillel at Ohio University, as well as when I was on the executive board for Voigt Hall Council 2012-2013 and 2013-2014.

What are the best things about your degree program at Ohio University?

The best things about being what I like to call a general theater major is that you can do pretty much whatever you want. By that, I mean I can focus more on performance over production, focus on two different areas, or dabble in everything, which is what I’m doing. I love feeling like the Division of Theater is my oyster when it comes to registering for classes.

What is something people should take advantage of in Athens?

The art and music scene is absolutely astounding. The Broadway musicals that are performed in Templeton J. Blackburn Memorial Auditorium never seem to disappoint and the musical artists that are brought in always seem to draw a large crowd. There’s also the free events that happen in Baker, Ping, and on South Beach (when it’s warm outside) that are sponsored by UPC, residential housing, and other organizations that make going to Ohio University more enjoyable.

What are your favorite resources of the University?  

My favorite resources are the Career and Leadership Development Center, Hillel at Ohio University, the Residents Action Council (tRAC), and the University Program Council (UPC).

How are you financing your education?

My grandparents have been generous enough to pay for my tuition these past four years, with my parents funding the rest.

Do you have any advice for future students?

Get active in at least one club or organization for which you have a passion starting your first year and focus on that for your entire college career. If you have more than one, that’s fantastic! Showing passion can make a person truly shine so brightly from their heart that it could be seen from space. Getting active is also a great way to meet new people and create connections for a lifetime. Whether it’s Greek life or a religious organization, put yourself out there and people will take notice.

Anything else you want to add?

Originally, I decide to come to Ohio University for the reasoning already mentioned above. However, I never thought I would come to love Ohio University for a completely different reason. I was so completely unknowledgeable about OU’s theater program when I first applied, but fell in love with it after one day. The people I met were so incredibly friendly and welcoming; they made me feel at home when I was feeling lost and nervous. Being in a strange new place can be frightening, but know that Ohio University will always have people ready to welcome you with open arms.

Also, I am the Got Swabbed? Intern with Hillel at Ohio University. Follow Got Swabbed on Instagram @gotswabbedohiou.

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