Freshman year of college may be a little overwhelming. You have to figure everything out on your own. All while trying to keep your grades up, make friends, and balance time for yourself.
There are over 1,400 Registered Student Organizations at the University of Illinois in Urbana, Champaign. As massive as the number may be, there is a new club that is trying to make a name for itself. Kendall Ralph is an undecided freshman who is keeping himself very busy. He is involved in creating a film-making and sketch comedy RSO.
“It’s a long process. And I’m working on it. I have to organize and find people, register with the school. I’m trying to develop a mission statement right now…”
It may be a long process, but his passion for film and comedy is what keeps him excited to make this club.
“I want to start a film making club, sketch comedy club just like I did in High School cause I think that’s one of my passions.”
Research shows that Fine Arts are extremely important to being a successful student. It helps improve emotional balance and help improve motor skills and creativity. If you are still iffy about Fine Arts, this will get you. Being involved in Fine Arts can help increase self-esteem, motivation, and increase the process of learning. Lizzie Bradshaw, a senior who was involved with a sketch comedy club in high school agrees.
“Arts brings out the fun in life. Kind of like makes people more comfortable if that’s what they want to do with their life”
Another benefit to joining a Fine Arts club is the sense of community and involvement that comes with it. Always remember that school is important, but so is the feeling that you belong somewhere. Lizzie says, “Just to bring people together is the most important thing. But I think that the idea of a sketch club is to make a home.”
Making a club is an important aspect to any club, but Kendall wants to achieve more.
“I hope it grows and gets recognition in a larger scale here on campus. I want people to be like that’s the guy from the RSO… Or something like that.”
This assignment was really exciting to me. I didn’t really have an inspiration until I was interviewing a new friend for fun. I started off with simple questions like what are you studying and How are classes going. Then I asked him if he is involved anything on campus and he said he was trying to start his own RSO. I knew there was a story there so I asked more questions like what is the process like, what is the RSO, and what are the goals of your club. Once I finally got the topic I was going to write and interview others about, I was really excited.
I got my other 2 interviews done and was nervous about the script because I wanted it to sound good. I just wanted to sound relatable and likable. After the script was done and I started recording my own voice, I was extremely nervous. I never did like hearing my voice on recording. I just felt it was too high pitched and annoying and for this project, I did not want that to happen. I just pretended I was talking to my best friend and that made it a little easier. I just wish I would have added more nat sound so that everyone could imagine being in the audience of a comedy show. I did love my topic because it was different and I was extremely interesting to learn about. I hope you enjoy the final product!
*Watch my project here*
Read Script here: Ramirez Script