Being a freshman in college

Sandra Okuboyejo is currently a freshman at Pace University where she will be obtaining a BFA in Musical Theater in 2018. She’s not only a strong advocate for the arts, but she also is a big advocate for the Miss America Organization. At only 17 years old (the youngest contestant) Sandra was 2nd runner up as well as being the interview and talent recipient at Miss New Jersey 2014. She’s held multiple leadership positions and was actively involved in clubs such as Thespian Society (head fundraiser from 2012-2013 and Vice presidents from 2013-2014), Key Club, Varsity Cheerleading, Student council, etc. She’s led functions to raise funds for causes dear to her heart such as the newton memorial fund and children’s miracle network. Sandra hopes to not only star on Broadway, but to positively influence society and create history while staying true to herself.
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Lesson #1: The art of communication
Communicating is a skill that seems pretty simple due to the fact that it’s used daily. However, communicating effectively is much more difficult. The tone you would use to speak to your childhood friends, would vary from the tone you would use to talk to a boss. Theatre teaches you the art of tact. You learn how to present a case without having it turn into an argument. You also begin to self-evaluate your tone, and realize how your
Sandra Okuboyejo is currently a freshman at Pace University where she will be obtaining a BFA in Musical Theater in 2018. She’s not only a strong advocate for the arts, but she also is a big advocate for the Miss America Organization. At only 17 years old (the youngest contestant) Sandra was 2nd runner up as well as being the interview and talent recipient at Miss New Jersey 2014. She’s held multiple leadership positions and was actively involved in clubs such as Thespian Society (head fundraiser from 2012-2013 and Vice presidents from 2013-2014), Key Club, Varsity Cheerleading, Student council, etc. She’s led functions to raise funds for causes dear to her heart such as the newton memorial fund and children’s miracle network. Sandra hopes to not only star on Broadway, but to positively influence society and create history while staying true to herself.
www.sandraokuboyejo.wix.com/home

statements can evoke different reactions from different people. Isn’t it also pretty cool that you get to say things as a character that you wouldn’t be able to say daily?
Lesson #2: The art of hearing “no”
No one knows more about hearing a “no” than artists. For every yes, there were 5,000 no’s that came beforehand. This field is very competitive, that goes without question. However, your reaction to rejection speaks louder than your reaction to success. Falling down can be disappointing, but not getting back is the biggest disappointment. Walking backwards is still a direction, as long as your focus on your goal is still there. Hearing “no” is a huge part of adulthood, and being in this field allows you to handle “no’s” with grace and charm. My mom always said if the sun never set, we’d find no beauty in the sunrise. We have to hear no’s sometimes, because it makes the yes’s that much more exceptional.
Lesson #3: The art of budgeting
Artists are broke….most of the time. Being an artist is expensive. Headshots, lessons, LaDuca’s, the cost adds up! Not to mention, NYC is the most expensive city in the country. But if you learn how to budget, your income will definitely exceed your spending. Just the other day, I had an audition and $10 to my name. I bought sheet music, printed my headshot and resume, bought a new pair of stockings, and paid for my fare with $10. How did I do that? Become a theatre major and find out (;
Lesson #4: The art of self- knowledge
How in the world can you play someone else without knowing yourself first? Knowing yourself is an art. Our constant goal should be to be a better person than the person we were yesterday. Theatre teaches you so much about yourself. In acting, I paid more attention to the less prominent characteristics I possessed, and was astonished by what it taught me about myself. Why do people speak over you? Why are you constantly hunched over? How does your eye contact relate to your outlook on yourself and the world? These are all questions we purposefully avoid, but when we embark on the journey of self-knowledge, we begin to answer them and begin to transform into a stronger version of who we already are.
Lesson #5: The art of humans
Theatre is the least selfish art form, because all we do is serve. We serve the character, their life, circumstances, etc. Although we cannot truly understand each other 100%, when you are thrown into their circumstances and begin to evaluate their thought process, you understand them a lot more. The best fact is that this art of understanding doesn’t stop on stage. You come across people from different walks of life in your everyday life. Theatre students are outgoing because they possess the trait of understanding. When you understand people and their motives, the world becomes anew.
So, if theatre is your passion, pursue it. Do you remember being the child who watched award shows in awe? You wanted nothing more than to jump on stage, and experience the adrenaline for yourself. A famous misconception is that people become creative over time. However, people are born as vessels of creativity; just a select few choose to harness their creativity. Harness yours. You live once. It’s much better to think back and say “I lived”, than “what if?”

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