"Don't be afraid of doing what you really want. There has always been a voice inside me saying, 'no you can't' but, if you have a desire to do something, don't talk yourself out of it. Don't let yourself miss an opportunity."

Allie first came to UNH as an undeclared student in the College of Liberal Arts. Having been heavily involved in theatre before attending UNH, it would have an obvious choice for her to major in theatre. However, Allie wasn't ready to commit to any one major and wanted to explore her options, keeping all possibilities open. Allie has since dabbled with the idea of being an English major, a Zoology major, and a Psychology major. She loved what she learned in all these disciplines. But, it was Richard Kushner's Psychology 401 class that gave Allie a deeper sense of herself and how to prioritize her life based on what she values most. After two years of exploration, Allie came to a decision. She now majors in Social Work.

While Allie's thoughts about her major have shifted in her time at UNH, her choice of the roommate she has remained constant. Allie has the same roommate that she met the day she moved into Christensen Hall as a freshma. They lived in Hubbard as sophomores and are now loving the independence they have living in the Gables.

However, Allie hasn't left her interest in theatre behind; it has continued to play a large role in her time at UNH. It was early in her freshman year when Allie was introduced to WildActs - an improvisational group focused on creating social change through theatre. The aim of WildActs is to present thought-provoking topics to incoming students and expose them to issues they may be facing during their first year at UNH. Allie loved the production she attended during her freshman year, soon after she signed on as a participant.

Having done a lot of acting in high school, Allie found herself getting involved in another aspect of theatre - stage management, and has been the stage manager for several productions. Allie took a stage craft class during her freshman year and learned the intricacies of stage management. Allie now makes, hangs, assembles and paints sets, which is far more complex then most spectators realize. She even learned how to sew and make costumes for different productions. Allie showed promise early on and was asked to be a teaching assistant in the Theatre Department for the Stage Craft class.

The Mask and Dagger Organization, an entirely student run theatre troupe, has been lucky to have Allie participate in their productions. Mask and Dagger allows students to have the opportunity to make productions on their own and feel the satisfaction of having this independence. Allie has been the stage manager for several productions and is on the Executive Board of this organization. Allie recommends that students take a chance and step out of their comfort zones in order to get the most out of their UNH experience. Many of her theatre experiences have pushed her to do things she wasn't sure of on the onset. One of Allie's biggest risks has been participating in the Vagina Monologues during her first year at UNH. The material covered in this production pushes the participants to be extremely personal throughout the process. At the time Allie didn't even tell her parents she had taken this on.

Now that Allie has a major, she also has a few possible plans. She hopes to find a way to integrate her interest in theatre with her interest in social work. Allie believes theatre is great for anyone because it helps people to express themselves and know themselves better. For the near future, Allie hopes to head to the city after graduation and work with runaway teens. Feeling that this is such a vulnerable population with so much potential, Allie's hope is to find ways to help them have a positive life.

2013-2014 Honorees
2013 - 2014 CYOS Honorees: seated Zak Ahmad-Kahloon, Emily Dickman, Nyomi Guzman, Annie Crossman, standing Lauren McCandless, Kathryn Sattora, Timothy Marquis, Sid Nigam, Evan Beals, Peter Wilkinson
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