Most Valuable Players - Ali


(Emmaus Student)

This fall I’ll be entering my senior and final year of undergraduate work at the University of Pittsburgh. I am currently studying Psychology and plan on getting a second major in Sociology. I have recently found a great interest in Legal Psychology and plan on applying to PhD programs this fall.  Since the documentary was filmed I have cultivated new passions and can’t wait to see what the future has in store for me.

I look back at my experience in theatre with great fondness. It was on that stage that I truly found myself and formed the person that I am today. One of the greatest lessons bestowed on me by my experience in theatre was the art of taking risks. Without making yourself vulnerable and risking failure you will never succeed. For me, theatre was always about facing a challenge head on and putting yourself in a position that will either garner great success or great failure.  I was always aware that I was doing something that I was filled with passion for, so even the greatest failure wouldn’t have felt like a failure at all because I was doing something I loved. That is what I will always take away from those experiences, that as long as you are doing something you love, you will be happy in return.

Being in the documentary was so much fun and I feel so blessed to be a part of it. Watching my best friend Katie and I in the movie is like watching a little piece of what our everyday lives were like in high school. We were crazy and I miss it, but we'll have this film forever to remind us of everything we loved about the Freddy's and our friendship.