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PC TDF Presents The Illusion's Marisa Urgo '14

 

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​​Marisa Urgo, 2014, Harrison, NY
Theatre/Psychology double major

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What are some of the best things that you’ve been involved with during your time at PC?

 

My favorite experience has been my intense involvement in the theatre program. I have learned so much about the arts and how to cultivate my skills. The shows I have been a part of hold very special places in my heart and have been a really fun learning process. My other favorite non-academic experience is being an Orientation Leader. I loved helping new freshmen adjust to Providence and easing their nerves. As leaders, we formed a tight community and I made so many new friends that I would not have met otherwise.

 

 

 

Why do you think that PC is a good fit for students involved in the arts?

 

Providence is a good school for those involved in the arts because a small school offers the individual attention that a bigger school could not give. Class sizes are small so that our very talented professors can work with you one on one, something unheard of at other schools, especially conservatories or arts schools. Getting cast in mainstage productions is competitive, but there are always student shows and it is easy to start your own project. You really get to know your professors, which gives you a competitive networking edge, as well as your fellow cast members or others in the department. You do not have to be a theatre major or minor to be involved, but the trend seems to be that those who are not declared and get cast in shows have so much fun that they declare a major or minor, showing how friendly and exciting the arts at PC really are. The Civ program provides the background to study the people and ideas that have influenced the arts.

 

Have you had the opportunity to participate in an internship or research while at PC?

 

Last summer, I interned at White Plains Performing Arts Center, a top regional theatre in New York. During the day, I did office work and worked with the public, and at night I got to assist with a production of Legally Blonde. The internship also included working as a production assistant for the television show Drama Mamas with Dina Lohan. It was a terrific networking tool and I enjoyed my experience. It made me realize that I would also like to work in TV, even behind the scenes.

As a psychology major, I also had the opportunity to do research on September 11th. It began as a project for my Research and Design Class, but I will continue the research as a senior independent study.

 

Why did you choose Providence College?

 

I chose Providence because I felt like it was a tight knit community at a competitive school that would give me a well-rounded education. My major was undeclared and wanted to explore my opportunities. I liked Providence’s small size and closed campus. It was important to me to have a school close to a city with things to do. A lot of students don’t realize that being in the middle of nowhere gets boring quickly.

When picking colleges, I heard all kinds of stories about people stepping on campus and immediately knowing they belonged. It didn’t work that way for me. I liked Providence all three times I visited, and grew to love it once I got here. It’s hard to feel like you belong when you’re only visiting once, so don’t worry if you don’t have that mysterious feeling. You’ll realize it later on!

 

What has been your favorite academic experience so far?

 

I have two, I cannot just pick one! I wasn’t looking forward to taking my required theology courses, but Foundations of Theology with Dr. Stokes honestly changed my entire perspective on religion and God. The course was taught in an interesting, funny manner and I saw religion in a way I had never thought of before. I got more out of that one class than I ever got from years of religious education as a kid. My other favorite academic experience was Sociology of Disaster: September 11th with Dr. Hirsch. I am not a sociology major and took this seminar as an elective because one of my psychology research projects is about 9/11 and the course itself sounded intriguing. I learned so much through interesting readings or excellent movies. The discussions we had were so informative and I got to know my classmates and their unique perspectives. I really feel that this course gave me a well-rounded education in culture, government and history.

 

What have you gained from the liberal arts education you have received at Providence?

 

The liberal arts education at Providence is helpful in getting well-rounded education. Civ program teaches the must-read classics that will make you grow as a person. I think studying outside my majors influences me to look at the world from completely different perspectives.

 

Have you had the opportunity to participate in an internship or research while at PC?

 

Last summer, I interned at White Plains Performing Arts Center, a top regional theatre in New York. During the day, I did office work and worked with the public, and at night I got to assist with a production of Legally Blonde. The internship also included working as a production assistant for the television show Drama Mamas with Dina Lohan. It was a terrific networking tool and I enjoyed my experience. It made me realize that I would also like to work in TV, even behind the scenes.

As a psychology major, I also had the opportunity to do research on September 11th. It began as a project for my Research and Design Class, but I will continue the research as a senior independent study.

 

If you had to sum up Providence College in one sentence, what would it be?

 

Providence gives you the opportunity to do something beyond yourself.

 

What activities are you involved in at PC?

 

Theatre, The Cowl (PC’s Newspaper), Analyze This (PC’s Psychology Department newsletter), Six Gents Sketch Comedy, Special Olympics Volunteer.

 

What is your favorite spot in the city of Providence?

 

La Salle Bakery – I’m a coffee fiend and appreciate their variety of flavors and sandwiches, and it’s also a cool place to hang out.

 

Do you have any advice for incoming students?

 

Be aware of the core curriculum because it’s intensive, but it will help to give you a well-rounded education and grow as a person. My best advice to those thinking about PC is to base their decision on what will make them happy. What’s right for you might not be right for someone else. You need to find your own niche and think about what YOU want for yourself, not what your parents want or your friends think is cool.

 

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