"The Spirit to Resist": Finding My Present Strength in the Post-Apocalypse
- Author(s): Siewert, Caroline
- Advisor(s): Barricelli, Marc A
- et al.
Before I was accepted to UCSD, I spent a lot of time thinking about how much better my life would be if I were in graduate school. I pined for a place where I could focus and spread my wings. Once I was in school, I spent a lot of time thinking about how much better my life would be if I were in the “real world”. I pined for a place where I had room to breathe and think and understand who and why I was again. For much of the next two years, I felt confused and upset that I had lost sight of the strength it took for me to get into school. If there was a way to berate or question myself, I did it. And then, I did it again.
After the results of the 2016 election, it became clear that there was no longer time or room for me to question and mourn everything I lacked. UCSD’s production of The Taming of the Shrew(d) gifted me the opportunity to step up to the plate.
I was able to approach this play with an assuredness I can only attribute to the efficacy of my training, the support of an irreplaceable cast and the leadership of a woman who I consider a role model. I rediscovered my strength in the shoes of a female warrior who can also act the hell out of Shakespeare, and I knew I was right where I should be.