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Freshman Focus: Rachel Pribulsky


March 2014

"As soon as I stepped on campus, I felt like I was coming home."

Hometown: Painesville, Ohio

Major: Forensic Psychology/ Theatre

Age that you started Theatre: I started theatre at age 13 when my sister forced me to go with her to auditions, but did not actually enjoy it until a few years later.

Dream role and why: To play the antagonist. It does not matter what play, musical, or movie the production is, I just want to be the bad guy! Let's face it, my natural scowl is never going to win me an ingénue role.

Productions I've been involved with: Sound of Music, Spamalot, How to Succeed In Business Without Really Trying, Les Miserable, The Nerd, Footloose, I Hate Hamlet, Les Miserables, Leading Ladies

Latest Project: Over winter break I was the assistant costume designer for Geagua Lyric Theatre's The Sound of Music. After making multiple costumes for seven rambunctious kiddies, I am just a little burnt out.

Why SAU: It was very difficult to find a school that had a good forensic psychology program, along with an outstanding theatre program. Luckily, just when I was about to settle for a college in Ohio, I found St. Ambrose! As soon as I stepped on campus, I felt like I was coming home. The students, staff and campus made me feel like this was where I belonged.

Any job in the world: If I could spend the rest of my life as a stand-up comedian, it would not be a life wasted. I love the "oh my gosh I can't believe she just said that" look on peoples' faces when I tell jokes. I've always been funny, or at least I like to think that I am. Being cursed as a socially awkward introvert has helped me develop a uniquely dark, but honest, sense of humor. I enjoy writing sarcastic songs on my ukulele and uploading them on YouTube for my six subscribers to watch. Though I will probably will never be internet famous or headline in New York, I will always be around to make people forget their problems and just laugh.

Who or what inspires you the most: Break out the crackers because it's about to get cheesy. You inspire me. People of the world. Everyone has a different story, different sufferings, different triumphs, different lives. Each person's story, no matter how boring you think it is, is amazing. I love just hearing people talk about their lives. Maybe it's the psychology major in me, but how people function every day is just incredible. I am inspired by their successes, by their failures, by their happiness and ability to cope. The human life is priceless and irreplaceable. You only have the chance to live once, might as well make it worth something truly outstanding!

Where do you see yourself in five years: I see my life in five years going in one of two directions. The first, starting my masters in forensic psychology. I hope to attend graduate school in either Chicago, New York or Washington D.C. That is, however, if I can manage to keep my sanity and survive another three years at Ambrose. The second direction would trying a career in stand-up comedy. So, working as a waitress in a local bar and crying myself to sleep every night.

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