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Interview with Tammy
FIRST NAME: Tammy
HOMETOWN: Orange Beach, AL
WHAT'S ON YOUR I-POD?: A very eclectic mix. There’s some Broadway showtunes and pop mixed in with Frank Sinatra and Bing Crosby, with a fair amount of REO Speedwagon and Queen in there, too.
SAND OR SNOW? Snow!
SPORTS CAR OR 4 X 4? I genuinely don’t know the difference.
SPORTS OR ARTS? Arts, all the way. I’m on an acting scholarship and have been a total theatre nut for years.
SALAD OR STEAK? Steak. That’s not even a question.
DO YOU HAVE YOUR OWN COMPUTER AT SCHOOL? DESKTOP OR LAPTOP? I’ve had a laptop since the summer after I graduated high school. I absolutely could not function at school without it. There are always times when I have a random twenty minutes before I need to be somewhere – that’s when I send some emails or get some homework done.
WHAT ONE THING COULD YOU NOT SURVIVE WITHOUT? My headphones. I use them to listen to music between classes and watch tv on my laptop after my roommate falls asleep.
DO YOU HAVE YOUR OWN CAR? COULD YOU SURVIVE WITHOUT IT? Nope. I go to school in the middle of a city. I walk everywhere, and anything that’s further away than walking distance is accessible by the subway system. I’d be too nervous to drive in the city anyway.
DO YOU WORK DURING THE SCHOOL YEAR? HOW MUCH? WHERE? I work in one of the administrative offices at my university. I work 10-12 hours a week, and while it definitely makes things harder to schedule sometimes, I love having a source of income. I’m also lucky enough to have a job where I can do my own work if things aren’t too busy, so I get a lot of homework done while I’m there.
WHO HAS HAD THE BIGGEST IMPACT ON YOUR LIFE? WHY/HOW? My high school English teacher. Besides being an amazing person and role model in general, she had the monumental task of introducing us to Shakespeare and made us all take to it like ducks to water. I credit her with my obsession with classic literature.
WHAT ACTIVITIES ARE YOU INVOLVED IN AT SCHOOL? I’m on a theatre scholarship, which takes up most of my time, but in addition to my job I’m also on several administrative committees and am working as an assistant for one of my writing professors.
WHAT DID YOU ACTUALLY DO TO PREPARE FOR COLLEGE? I pored over all the college guides (Princeton, Fiske, etc.), but they don’t really tell you what college is actually like or how good of a match a specific university is for you. The best way to determine that is to visit – more than just a quick campus tour, but actually spend a day or two on campus with current students. I also talked to a bunch of friends who graduated from high school the year before me to see how they liked their schools, as I applied to a lot of the same ones.
HOW MUCH DO YOU ACTUALLY STUDY? Several hours every day. The amount of time I spend on each particular class varies – some of them require more hands on work than studying, and my studying usually goes up if there’s a quiz or exam coming up.
WHAT DO YOU DO TO GET TO KNOW YOUR PROFESSORS? I go to office hours at the beginning of each semester so they can connect my name to my face, and then I make sure I’m coming to class on time and actively participating. That way, they’re much more likely to go out of their way to help you if you need it – and you’ll learn more to boot!
WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE PART OF COLLEGE? The freedom. I love that I get to decide what I spend my time on and when, even if it’s just choosing between watching Dance Moms or Project Runway with my roommates.
WHAT IS YOUR LEAST FAVORITE PART OF COLLEGE? The freedom. There’s no one to make you get out of bed and go to class; there’s no one to remind you to study for a test; there’s no one to make you do your laundry. In high school, there are plenty of people to remind you of assignments and hold you accountable for studying and doing homework; that’s gone in college and you’re completely responsible for yourself.
WHAT SURPRISED YOU MOST ABOUT COLLEGE? Even though professors aren’t as actively a part of your daily life in college as your teachers were in high school, they still really care about you as a person. It also took longer to make friends, since you’re not in class with the same people every day, but when you do they’re friends you have not just by convenience, but because they genuinely enjoy spending time with you (and vice versa).
WHAT ADVICE DO YOU HAVE FOR INCOMING FRESHMEN? Don’t overdo it. Movies and tv have an image of college life as being a nonstop, booze-filled party, but it’s really not that at all. Don’t feel like you have to go out and do something every night of the week. Most students honestly spend most of their nights at home or in the library, working. Being a nonstop partier is the best way to identify yourself as a naïve freshman.
WHAT DO YOU PLAN TO DO AFTER GRADUATION? Hopefully, I’ll work in a marketing/PR capacity for a theatre company!
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