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Winning Essays 2013 > Gustavo


Winning Essay: Gustavo M. Villa, Jr.

Why a Degree? 

Student-Gustavo-MediumWhen you are a child, the world is full of possibilities. You can be anything you want, an astronaut, the President, or even a race car driver. I can think back and remember how I wanted to be a movie director, a film composer, and a cowboy. Now that I am in college, I have decided that I want to be an actor/director or a Drama teacher. The only way that I, or anyone, can achieve these goals is to go to college. That is why I want a Drama degree from Northwest Vista College (NVC). It is a degree that will help not only lead me to follow my dream and passion, but to hopefully help me to make a small but lasting contribution to the world.

I first attended Our Lady of the Lake University (OLLU) before transferring to NVC. While it was a very good school, I had to leave because the enrollment for the department dropped and they were no longer offering a Bachelor of Arts in Drama. Rather than let these events discourage me from pursuing my passion and getting the degree that I wanted, I decided that I should look elsewhere to see what programs and schools were available. After speaking with Melissa Marlowe (Head of the Drama department at NVC), whom I had worked with in Theater ASAP, and acquiring all the information I could about the faculty and staff as well as the class sizes and prices, I determined that the Drama program here at NVC would be the right fit for me.

Many people have questioned why I chose NVC. When I was researching the schools I wanted to attend, I found that NVC not only has a beautiful and peaceful campus, but a vast and diverse community. Everyone on this campus is friendly, respectful, and helpful; the people who attend and are employed at NVC make this feel like home. The other reason is the outstanding and committed faculty and staff; I have never been to a campus where every question I have is answered right away and explained completely to me. Whether it is a question about advising or class work, everyone on this campus is here to make sure that we all --students, faculty, and staff-- succeed and work to make this community a better place.

Drama has grown into not only a love of the craft, but the passion of my life. I have always been a very introverted and shy person; growing up with cerebral palsy, I felt like I always had to try to blend in. With the help of acting and being up on stage, I learned that I can be a stronger person and show the world the person that I am. Drama, in general, helped me to look inside myself and realize the person that I want to become and determine how I want to live my life. I also want to show others, not only in my community, but maybe the world, that through this wonderful discipline, you can learn so many things that will help you in all aspects of your life. Drama has helped me, and can help anyone, in the areas of communication, to voice and diction techniques, to giving you the courage to understand that you can learn to let go and act silly every once in a while. 

Drama is many things; it is a lover, a fighter, a mirror, and a way to help you to become the person that you want to be. It has taken me a long time to see this and to begin to become the person that I want to be. I am no longer afraid to dream; my dream will take me anywhere and everywhere that I want to go. A degree from NVC is my first step that will help me to follow my dreams and my passions to become a leader that can make a difference in the world.