Follow the yellow brick road… all the way home.
“There’s no place like home! There’s no place like home!”
I’ve always loved this classic scene from the Wizard of Oz. I can’t tell you how many times in my travels to Canada, Mexico, Ukraine, Spain, and the Dominican Republic that I’ve wished for a magical pair of Ruby Slippers that could whisk me home to my mama and daddy. Even when I first moved away from my parents’ house and registered as a frosh at Bethel, I just couldn’t call Bethel home. I was sick during orientation and I missed a lot of the team-building, ice-breaker activities that characterized early Block sessions. Because of this, when I finally joined my block for classes, I didn’t know people and they had no idea who I was!
This was a very lonely time for me. Instead of reaching out to make friends, I pulled back and hid myself in my room on 2nd floor Shupe with the door closed. Choir was the only time I felt like I had any friends besides my roommate, and even these friendships were relatively shallow because I was playing shy. Then I got involved with Theatre and my freshman experience was transformed.
The theatre department quickly took up all of my extra time, but I didn’t mind because the shoe fit. These crazy people welcomed me into the department even though I wasn’t a theatre student; they were my Ruby Slippers. Many of the “theatre kids” and profs were sure that I would soon change my major to theatre, but I never did. My Spanish major is perfect for me, but the Dept. of Modern Languages was not a home for me. I found the family and comfort that I needed when I was in FA 150.
So if you ever need to find me, between Chapel Band, Choir, and Theatre, the Fine Arts building is a good place to start looking. I wear my Ruby Slippers even more now than I did freshman year. They are the little slice of home that I need to survive. Just watch out for your Dept. home- it will get all of you that you can spare! I’m no longer just an Actress/singer. I’m a designer, house manager, and honorary member of the Theatre Department.
But you know what they say- if the shoe fits, wear it!