What is something you love about your school? I really enjoy working with my peers and collaborating on projects/production within the School of Theatre and Dance. The students at UF are some of the most hardworking people I have met and we continue to impress each other with our work.
Why did you apply to ZF? In my senior year of high school, my guidance counselor connected me with Frank and asked me to apply to his foundation. After my initial application, I got the opportunity to meet and talk with Frank and discuss myself and my aspirations as a young student. Frank's openness and willingness to support students is what convinced me that ZF was a perfect foundation for me.
Tell us about some of your career aspirations. Currently, I don't have any straightforward/concrete plans for my career. I would love to explore the world of lighting/stage design and work as a designer for concerts or theatre. I have met many working professionals who worked as freelance designers and then started their own companies as consultants. This is something that I am interested in and might pursue in the future.
What is your relationship like with your ZF Coach? Frank has been extremely influential in helping me grow as a student and person throughout my college experience. He always offers the best advice no matter the topic and genuinely cares about what is going on in my life. His generosity to myself and other students is abundantly clear.
Tell us something you are excited about! Currently, I am working at the Santa Fe Opera for the summer as an electrics apprentice. This apprenticeship is highly regarded in the theatrical design industry and has been known to offer numerous connections and life skills that can lead to a successful career. I am looking forward to graduating next spring and beginning my career using the skills and people that I have met this summer.