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Just wanted to chime in real fast before heading off to my Day Job 🙂 The picture above is my souvenir from my first day of Grad School. A lonnnng day, but in the end, very much worth it. So the journey continues (I was going to say “begins”, but I think that started when Angela graduated with her Doctorate) to me becoming a better playwright. There are two moments that stood out:

  1. At the beginning of orientation, a professor told all of us incoming Graduate Students, that each one of us are there because they loved our work. Those words meant a lot and gave me more confidence as to why I’m pursuing this degree.
  2. In my Architectonics of Plays class, the professor told us all the work we’ll be doing and told us, that’s why we’re there, we’re graduate students, we should have that much work to do.

Even though I’m only able to be a part-time student, for now, I am truly grateful for the opportunity to learn and get better at my craft. I’ll be honest, the degree is secondary to me, being the best writer I can be is the GOAL. I was telling another first time SFSU grad student that getting in was just the first step. Now it’s time to work harder to stay in. The title of the degree is just a symbol of how hard I work in order to achieve it. That’s how that piece of paper will define me, not the material that it’s made out of. I’m excited to get going. I’m excited to hopefully be able to write stories for the stage where people can dig, enjoy, and hopefully be moved by.

Article by Conrad

Conrad’s a San Francisco Bay Area Playwright. He loves long walks upon the concrete and rainy days. Aside from writing words for actors to regurgitate into an audience’s ears and eyes, he loves sports, 90’s R&B, and learning.

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