I was never a part of any theatre programs in high school; I never had time. When I first arrived at Hopkins, I wanted to expand my boundaries and thought that I could do that best by acting. I was scared, though. I had no experience… would any group even consider me? When I auditioned for the Barnstormer’s Freshman One Act plays, I immediately hoped that I would get a part in one. The auditions were SO MUCH FUN! And all of the directors made me feel so comfortable since I was new. When I learned that I obtained a role in “The Chocolate Affair,” playing the role of Mr. Goodbar, I was elated. Going to my first rehearsal, I was again nervous about what to expect. Within the first five minutes, however, I fell in love with theatre. My directors, Raidizon and Diamond, were incredible… absolutely incredible. Raidizon took me under his wing, and I learned more from him than anyone. After a couple of rehearsals, Raidizon asked me to audition for a main stage play he helped to produce. I felt so happy and encouraged; not only did my directors help me with one play but also they pushed me to go further. The Freshman One Acts were the impetus for my acting career. I hope to continue to both act and direct future plays with the Barnstormers, for everyone in this group is truly inspiring.