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Drama at University of Toronto (St. George)

Alen (Year 2)

What did you wish you knew before going to your university? What made you choose this institution over all others? What are advantages and disadvantages of your institution or campus? List any advice for incoming first-year students about your university. 

The management and usage and breakdown of facilities. Honestly, my experience during the first year was mediocre at best. This university is known for the "free" environment it offers and that's good because then college students could actually train for the real world in terms of social conditions. But that does not excuse the lack of empathy and controlled movements that the older admins impose on the newer generation of students. Overall, this university offers more than what it says on paper. I do believe a change in management would do this university good.

What did you wish you knew before choosing your specific program? What are the advantages and disadvantages of your program?  List any advice for incoming first-year students about your program of study.

I wish I knew the full picture and options that the program has instead of just blindly saying "oh yeah, this program exists!". These certain types of programs are very tricky because it raises artistic quality and skill. It does not have the practicality that common business courses or academics have. If you want to enroll in this program be sure you are ready to face lots and lots of tribulations along the way. You'll learn more than just "acting" and it would resonate with the way you wish to treat the world in the future.

What was your favourite university experience? 

The theatre productions and the campus activities.

What was your least favourite university experience?

The noisy environment.

What is the hardest part about your program and what were the steps that you took to overcome any difficulties?

The hardest part is the program itself. It has a lot of hands on activities that are not suited for everybody, but you have to be suited for it because real world situations require it. The academic part is quite easy to be honest. You just have to study for an ample amount of time and do your best in exams. What comes off as hard is the application of these academic theories and studies in practice.

If you were able to take electives, what was your favourite elective? If you were not able to take electives, what was your favourite course and why?

Any course that has to do with shaping and honing your acting skills. That's the very foundation of your work and future as an actor in any medium. So it's best to actually study and apply these not just in uni, but in real life as well.

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