Alex

Princeton University

Major: Sociology

Minors: African American Studies, Theater

PERSONAL UNIVERSITY APPLICATION EXPERIENCE

Schools Accepted Into:

Princeton University, University of Southern California, Elon University, American University, Temple University, Seton Hill University

AREAS OF EXPERTISE IN COLLEGE

       At Princeton, I studied the sociology of the complex relationship between African Americans and theater. For my senior thesis, I looked at African Americans in theater from past, present, future lenses. The ‘past’ looked at the history of African Americans in theater while for the ‘present’ I interviewed professional actors and audiences at different shows. For the 'future' section, I proposed a template for a theater company that attempts to reconcile some of the issues noted to provide more opportunities for African Americans in theater.

       I have had the privilege of working at a number of theaters including the Public Theater in New York City and the McCarter Theater in Princeton. In the future, I would love to see the theater company that I envisioned in my senior thesis come to fruition. Outside of my academic endeavors, I love to sing, play volleyball, dance, watch television, work out, and have conversations with friends.

UNIQUE HIGH SCHOOL EXPERIENCES

Halfway through my high school experience, my parents announced that we were going to be moving to a different state, leaving behind my beloved high school and community. This experience challenged me to rediscover myself within a new environment. It was during this experience that I reaffirmed my passion for theater, teaching, and learning, a necessary lesson going into my junior year and arguably, the most challenging year of my high school experience.

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WHAT COLLEGES SEEK

Generally, colleges want to see that you have challenged yourself academically. But I also think that colleges, especially top schools, want to see that you have excelled outside the classroom, in your communities, in your clubs, and in your personal lives. They want to find strong students to add to their campuses while also benefiting from the college.

COLLEGE ACTIVITIES

  • Princeton Triangle Club, Vice President

  • Princeton Annual Giving, Supervisor

  • Dillon Gym, Building Supervisor

  • Princeton University Players

  • BodyHype Dance Company

  • Lewis Center for the Arts Peer Arts Mentor

  • Race and the Arts Committee Member

  • GetSet Volunteer

HIGH SCHOOL ACTIVITIES

Volleyball (JV, Varsity), TC Williams Drama Club member, Drama Guild member, National Honor Society, Key Club member, Toms Club member, Dance Club member

I look forward to meeting you and helping you in this exciting and nerve-wracking time!