Hi guys, my name is Chelsea Merritt! I came to Plymouth in the Fall 2011 as a Musical Theatre Major. I've been performing since I was in the fourth grade, so making the choice to go to college and pursue performing arts was a no brainier to me...at first.
My first semester at Plymouth was nothing short of a dream come true. I loved the people in my department, the campus was amazing, and most of the classes I was taking were for music, theatre, and dance. I was in heaven. Things only got better when at the end of my first semester I was cast in my first musical here (as a supporting role) which is usually pretty rare. The experience of my first show in college was enthralling, and I couldn't wait to come back and do it again in the fall! But first, we had to audition. Unfortunately, I wasn't as lucky as the first time, and I wasn't cast at all.
Or the semester after that.
Or the semester after that one either...
So for a year and a half of working towards my degree in performing, I didn't step foot on the stage once. Obviously, that was pretty devastating for me. It took the fun and passion out of what I had once loved to do, I was unhappy and withdrawn in my classes, and it became very clear that I needed to make a change. I talked to a friend of mine who also used to be a theatre major who had recently switched to IS, and when she described the program to me something just clicked. I knew I wanted to be involved in the IS program, but I wasn't 100% sure what I wanted to do.
That summer, I participated in our New Student Orientation as an OL, and had an absolute blast. I loved getting to meet new people, and loved the satisfaction of knowing I was helping my peers around me. It was during this time that I got the idea for what my IS Contract would be. I met with Christina Schaefer in UGS that summer, enrolled in IS 2222, and began my journey through the IS program.
Almost two years later, and here I am starting the capstone course for my IS degree. I can hardly believe it! My contract focuses on working with children with special needs through the outlets of music, theatre, and dance. Upon completing my undergrad, I hope to begin working toward my Masters Degree in Elementary Education here at PSU :)
Can't wait to meet you all!!