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Lost opportunities (and feeling productive)

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Louis Wharton | English and Theatre Studies Contact Louis
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Hi everyone. Welcome to March. I’m posting this blog on the 15 of March which a few of the Shakespeare buffs amongst us may like refer to as the Ides of March. For those unfamiliar, the Ides of March is the day on which Julius Caesar was assassinated. You’re probably wondering why that is relevant, as there are definitely no striking parallels between the dictatorial tendencies of one such leader of Ancient Rome and our current government. Being the English and Theatre studies student that I am, I just thought I would let you know. Mark it down in your calendar if you so wish. Anyway, enough about dates, (oddly, this is the second blog post in a row that I’ve mentioned a calendar in?) let us move onto the topic of today’s blog post.

Today, I wanted to talk about feeling productive and harnessing opportunities at University. As term 2 ends and term 3 approaches, I keep finding myself trying to quantify the success of my first year by the number of opportunities I have managed to take advantage of. One of the big factors that made me choose Warwick as my first choice University was how successfully it engaged with the arts, and the abundance of opportunities related to the arts that my course would offer in a ‘normal’ year. The Warwick Arts Centre is currently getting a revamp, and the campus is graced by the presence of the new Faculty of Arts building that is due to be completed this summer. I often walk past it and imagine I am Kevin McCloud from Grand Designs. But this year has not been a ‘normal’ year, and I have found it hard to consider the types of opportunities I have missed out on due to Covid-19 and to still remain feeling productive.

I look back and see the kind of things some freshers achieved in their first year, like setting up their own companies, directing shows in the Arts Centre, entering festivals and taking shows to Edinburgh Fringe and can’t help feeling a little bit disappointed. But then I consider the things I have achieved, like directing a virtual show for WUDS FreshFest, performing in a digital showcase and managing to get into MTW’s Improv troupe that are (hopefully) going to Fringe in August. Considering all of that, I realise that these opportunities are what you make of them. Of course Covid-19 has been a complete contraceptive of fun and barred me from a number of opportunities this year, but a lot of these opportunities are still in place and supported by the Arts department. For example, a few weeks ago, myself and a friend managed to put together a pack to submit for the studio slot at Warwick Arts Centre. We got an entire production and creative team gathered around our vision, ranging from first, second and third years, and created a pretty awesome and very comprehensive pack to submit. Inevitably, Covid-19 reared its ugly head the week before panel and cancelled the slot we were applying for, but that still didn’t take away the connections we made and the fantastic experience we gained from putting this pack together. I think about that and look back on everything I have applied for, tried to be involved with or successfully achieved whilst considering the horrendous pandemic year that has tried to stop me, and I’m proud of what I have done.

That’s the thing, it’s all relative. Yes, other freshers from years before will have achieved much more than I have. But did they do it whilst navigating a global pandemic? No. Not to sound too preachy, but opportunities are what you make of them, and as more opportunities begin to present themself as lockdown restrictions gradually begin to lift (hopefully, for the last time), I know that my priority will be to make up for lost time and lost opportunities.

Until next time,

Louis.

United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland (the)
Louis Wharton | English and Theatre Studies Contact Louis
Anything! But these are a few particular interests of mine:…
Find out more about me Contact Louis

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