From the first day I started classes at North Central College, my professors have been supporting me in my goal to attend graduate school in English or theatre. Early on, Dr. Perry Hamalis, who’s in charge of the Office of Academic Opportunities, started encouraging me to apply for a Richter Independent Study Fellowship and helped me understand the application process. Then I worked with professors in both the English and theatre departments while I was drafting my research proposal, titled “Richard in the Present: Staging Disability in the Twenty-first Century.”
My project was accepted and I received grant funding from the Richter program to attend three different productions of “Richard III,” to analyze the portrayal of his disability. One of these productions was in Stratford-Upon-Avon and the Richter grant I received covered my expenses to study in England.
This spring, I will present my research at the National Conference on Undergraduate Research, and there are more research and publishing opportunities to come.
With the small class sizes at North Central, it’s easy to seek guidance from the faculty. Only at North Central would I have had all these opportunities while my professors prepared me for graduate school—and my future.