October flew by, and it’s hard to believe it’s already over! About two weeks before school started in August, I began working on the stage management team for a play here at my university. This meant rehearsals 6-7 days a week, with some days being up to 8 or 10 hours long. I thoroughly enjoyed my experience and learned SO much, but all good things must come to an end. The play, called Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike, closed on October 1st, and I had no clue what to do with all of my free time. The week or so of October were quite truthfully used to catch up on all of the sleep and relaxation time that I had been missing out on the last few months, but this didn’t last for very long.
With the hectic-ness that was working on Vanya, I decided I couldn’t stand my long hair anymore and chopped it off on a whim. My hair had been this length before, so it wasn’t anything new or groundbreaking, but it was extremely freeing (and now I’m able to sleep in longer instead of doing my hair). I’m obsessed with my hair now and encourage anyone who’s considering cutting their hair to take the plunge and do it, because at the end of the day it’s just hair and it will always grow back.
This month was the first month that I started attending frequent rehearsals for a play I’m going to be in in January through the studio theatre department at my school. It has been a blast to get to work with such talented and fun people and I have learned so much already in such a short amount of time. I only recently have gotten into acting and theatre, but the department at my university has welcomed me with open arms, and I am loving every second of it. We’re still in the early stages of rehearsal, so I’m extremely excited to see how far we come in the next few months. Speaking of theatre, I got to go see a really incredible play in D.C called the Arsonists which was a great experience.
I also got to go home this month to visit my family for Fall break, and it was the first time I had been home since I moved into school in August. I was so excited to see my family, but probably most excited to see my pets (Sorry, mom and dad). I basically spent the entirety of my time at home thinking of what delicious food to eat next since I miss my mom’s cooking dearly when I’m at school. We also took the time to go to our favorite Mongolian restaurant which never dissapoints. I spent some time seeing friends and family, but mainly just relaxed, which is something I desperately needed after the first part of my midterm week.
When I got back to school, I still had two midterms to take, so I definitely didn’t get to ease back into the swing of my busy school schedule. After the testing died down for a little bit, I made a concious effort to spend more time doing things for me, and not just for school. It’s easy to get wrapped up in assignments, studying, extra curricular activities, etc. so I wanted to take more time being social and having fun. I went out with my friends a few evenings here and there, spent time making dinner and sharing it with people I care about, going on ice cream/milkshake dates with friends, and going on study dates so that even when I’m studying I’m still having fun (shoutout to my best friend Anna for always being down to go on study dates with me!).
In the blink of an eye, it was Halloween and the month was coming to a close. I went out with my boyfriend and another couple for Halloween and we had an awesome time dressed up as Danny and Sandy from Grease. The typical “Halloweekend” party scene wasn’t for us though, so we called it a night pretty early, got McDonalds and a plethora of snacks, laid in bed, and just relaxed and hungout instead. This, to me, was way better than any party could have been, so I’m not complaining.
I can already tell November is going to be a busy one for me, but I can’t wait to see what it has in store. Enjoy some pictures I took in October and have an awesome November!