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Scholar Spotlight: Joshua Brown

School: University of Northern Iowa || Major: Theatre Design and Production

Joshua is major­ing in the­atre design and pro­duc­tion. Some­thing impor­tant he has learned out­side of class since start­ing col­lege is to go eas­i­er on him­self, and to accept that he can­not be great at every­thing. Click to read more great advice from Joshua in his full interview.

What is the most inter­est­ing thing you have done or are plan­ning to do to explore or gain expe­ri­ence in your career field?

After grad­u­a­tion, I plan on par­tic­i­pat­ing in an intern­ship at a the­atre in Col­orado. This is an excit­ing oppor­tu­ni­ty for me to be away on my own and work in a pro­fes­sion­al theatre.

How has the schol­ar­ship allowed you to do these things: Grad­u­ate on-time, debt-free, launch your career and give back?

It is inde­scrib­able how much weight has been tak­en off my shoul­ders by this schol­ar­ship. The cloud of mon­ey wor­ries hang­ing over my head is gone, and I can focus on my path for­ward. When I start my career, I won’t be buried under thou­sands of dol­lars of debt.

What is some­thing impor­tant you’ve learned out­side of class since you’ve start­ed college?

I’ve learned to go eas­i­er on myself and accept that I can’t be great at every­thing. I’ve learned to focus on the peo­ple and things that are most impor­tant to me and my future and to let go of the things that don’t real­ly matter. 

What advice would you give to an incom­ing freshman?

Life is hard enough already; don’t stress your­self about school. You’re in col­lege to learn and get bet­ter, not be per­fect. Oh, and there isn’t enough kind­ness in the world, so add some. 

Where is your favorite place to study?

I love to study in the art build­ing. When I need a break, I love walk­ing around and look­ing at people’s work.