• 20th August
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Dismantling a Gendered Society with Marital Expectations of Domesticated Women OR Nicole Kidman

Tomorrow is my last day at my big internship at the American Repertory Theater! After this, it’s the end of senior year and the beginning of some other secret opportunities that I will reveal later… I’m getting my resume out, looking for a portfolio/blog/website platform to exhibit myself, and I’m thinking about a life with possible salaries instead of hourly work. Dude, that’s the dream! Currently, I’m sitting in my cluttered room watching The Stepford Wives on my new Roku contemplating my future months in lovely Plymouth, NH. This movie in no way reflects my life goals…unless you think about it in a way of dismantling a gendered society with marital expectations of domesticated women. #ROBO BOOB BARBIE

My second and final blog post for the A.R.T. is being posted tomorrow! It’s a semi-motivational post documenting the A.R.T. intern breakfast with Diane Paulus at the beginning of the summer and what I have learned from taking part in the education/marketing office. For whatever is happening tomorrow in the office, I was asked to not be gluten free. In response, I asked for drugs (Jokingly….mostly). I’m hoping that tomorrow will be a great way to say goodbye to my internship! I’ve gained some good skills to add to my resume and material for that life where I’m an old lady in a porch swing telling my grandkids how I worked at Harvard one summer. 

One of the most difficult parts about the summer has been time spent away from Andrew. Both of us were making our ways in the world for the past two months and gaining skills to help us in our careers. Not to be all mushy and gross but… I cannot wait to be back in the same area with him. I can’t wait to hang out with our friends, drink on the weekends, get coffee together, and watch movies in my new apartment when it’s cold outside. Having a successful summer has been great, but having him to share it with, even just in text, just made it even better. 

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  • 18th August
    2014
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The Sales Girl: An Unexpected Journey

     This summer has been filled with constant car travel, new publishing software, and jacket selling for “the bag store.” I had to go back to work after I came home from South America since there were no jobs left in the area. So now, this will be my last week as an intern for the American Repertory Theater AND my week having to drive up to Tilton to work. Next week I move into my new place! Here’s a little anecdote from my week at “the bag store:”

     I see a customer standing in front of a mirror in the corner with her husband and son. She keeps switching between trying on a tan coat and a persimmon coat. Now, persimmon is an orangey red which could either look GREAT on a customer or…it could really overpower them in an awful way. So I shimmy my way over to the customer and comment on the new jackets and how they look so much better than the trench coats “the bag store” made last year. She agrees and continues to switch back and forth from classic tan trench to orange oompa loompa syndrome. From across the store, I hear her husband say that he likes the red.

I shrivel. I die. I drop the signature coated canvas carryall I am holding. I walk over and pretend to fix an iPad case next to them. She looks as if she has decided on the red. I say: “I might be throwing you guys off but…I like the tan best.” They laugh as if I have just made their lives a little harder. I realize that I have stepped on the husband’s turf as an opinionated sales girl so I make peace by asking where he is from. He tells me: “From London!” I ask, “Are y’all really from London or are you just saying that because I won’t know where you’re really from?” They giggle. I celebrate inwardly. #HumanoidismEstablished 

I walk away defeated and talk to another sales associate about the battle I have just started fighting against this husband. It is an unspoken battle and so far, he has won! Until…I see the wife walk back over to the tan to try it on once more. The glimmer of possible victory shines in my heart. I see the husband leave after she asks him to get her a “jumper” so she might see how the coat fits over one. When he leaves, I turn to my sales associate friend and give her a face. A face that says, “I’m going to do it.” I walk over to the woman and see her son seated in front of the mirror on the floor while she tries on the red once more. It reflects off his face too making them look like oompa loompa cousins. 

     ”I have one more thing to say about this red coat. YOU have pink undertones in your skin and this red is an orange red. If you had gold undertones in your skin, this would be a great color for you! But the red is just too overpowering for your skin tone. I like the tan much better.” I joke about not wanting to fight with the husbands when they are there but…that is exactly my hope. I step back to my associate friend in hopes to learn who will win this war of the trench coats! I assist other customers while I wait for the end.

WHO WILL WIN THE WAR? A wealthy, traveling Brit with an affinity for oompa loompas?! Or… a poor college student just trying to get through a boring retail job?

I won. Bitches. 

  • 13th August
    2014
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I saw you're an intern at the ART, and I'm considering applying for a marketing/PR internship with them for the Spring 2015 semester! How's your experience been? And any advice application-wise (it all seems pretty self-explanatory, but any tips would be appreciated)?

Asked by: silent-bomb

Sure! Well, I was pretty lucky to be chosen since I don’t go to Harvard, Stanford, and I’m not part of any of the programs the ART links for interns with. I got the job because I included an analysis I did of The Ghost Sonata. I applied to dramaturgy and education and got the education job. If you have experience in theater direction or anything at all, make sure to put that in as an important part of your application and resume. I work in the same office as marketing so I have met all of the marketing people you would work with. Send in your online submission and hope for the best! That’s what I did!

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