Every other week, the My First Year blog will be sharing stories of faculty so that our freshman students can get to know their professors a bit better and hear some of their advice for new students.
James Phillips, Associate Professor of Theatre
Years at the Mount: 10
What was your college experience like? I was busy. I took classes in the morning, worked in the theatre shop in the afternoon, and went to rehearsals at night. That started my first week on campus and continued for almost every week I was in college. I quickly learned how to work and how to budget my time.
What are your hobbies/what do you like to do outside of work? I’m the father of an Irish dancer, so my main hobby is spending money on her dance supplies. I play video games, mostly strategy as I’m past the age when my hand/eye coordination allows me to play fast twitch games. I’m humbled by my inability to garden well.
What is one thing most students don’t know about you? I sang in a cover band while in high school. Continue Reading
When Alexander Perlak ’20 first arrived at the Mount, he thought he would be pursuing a certification in Education.
After his first semester, however, he realized that being a teacher just wasn’t for him. “The Mount puts their students in the ‘real world’ during their first year to gain experience to make sure this is the right program for them,” he explains, an opportunity he is so grateful for.
He was already a Mathematics major, but after dropping the Education certification, he wasn’t sure how to proceed.
Thankfully, the faculty in the Division of Mathematics and Information Technology knew just how to guide him. Continue Reading
Photo Credit: Kimberly Sheamon
A friend once told me that I would know what college I should go to the second I stepped on the campus. She was right. The first time I visited the Mount, I felt at home. I remember thinking on the tour, “I could live in Sakac,” “I’ll get Jazzman’s before every morning class,” and “I love small class sizes!”
William Biersack (left) and Joseph Mastando performing in The Mystery Plays, fall 2012.
In day to day life, everybody has their roles. Take the Mount, for instance; some people on campus can say “I am a student,” “I am a professor,” or “I am an athlete,” and everybody is defined by those roles.
One of the truly amazing things about being an actor is being able to say, “I am (blank).”
A Q&A with MSMC Theatre member Thomas Kellett
Knight Life: Did you do theatre before you came to MSMC?
Thomas Kellett: Sort of. I was in two musicals, but only as the bassist in the pit band. I did my first acting here at the school in a show we did called Flavio Betrayed.