Megan Tennessen, Theatre and Communication Sciences

Megan TennessenWhere are you from, and what brought you to UW–Madison? 

I am from St. Louis, Missouri. I chose Wisconsin because I grew up cheering for the Badgers. Both my parents went to UW–Madison, and I’ve always loved the environment on campus. A dream of mine was to become Bucky Badger: In middle school I emailed asking about Bucky Badger tryouts and requirements, unfortunately finding out I would never be tall enough. Thankfully I was still able to become a Badger!

What is your major, and how did you choose it? 

I am double majoring in theatre, specifically acting, and communication sciences and disorders. I chose these majors because of my passions for performance, helping others, and because I thoroughly enjoy learning these skills.

What do you love about UW–Madison?

I love the spirit of the students at UW and the overall campus itself. It has both a city-life feel and tons of outdoors opportunities as well. Some days I find myself shopping on State Street, and then hammocking by the lake.

What are you most looking forward to this semester?

I am looking forward to football games, tailgates, basketball games, theatre performances, and of course in-person classes. I didn’t get to have the full campus experience last year due to the pandemic, so I am beyond excited to see campus life flourishing.

"I love the spirit of the students at UW and the overall campus itself. It has both a city-life feel and tons of outdoors opportunities as well. Some days I find myself shopping on State Street, and then hammocking by the lake."

What did you learn from the pandemic?

The pandemic taught me independence and resilience. I wouldn’t have had the opportunities I had during the pandemic if I didn’t seek them out. First semester, I figured nothing was happening with theatre, clubs, etc., so I didn’t really try to participate in much. Second semester I auditioned for an online play — and got cast! — and joined the Hoofers outing/mountaineering club.

Theatre performance requires teamwork, and it was sometimes hard to really connect with other (cast) members online. I learned, though, that we can adapt to our situations, focusing on the positives. As a part of this production, I got to meet some fellow classmates in theatre, perform with a green screen, and continue to work on my passions.

What are your future goals?

I’d like to go to grad school for speech pathology, possibly becoming a speech therapist for children. I would also love to take the route of becoming an actress — although I know that can be tough, it’s one of my favorite things to do. A far out goal is to create a theatre company to teach and give students with disabilities an opportunity to learn the skills to put on a theatre production.

What is your favorite thing to do on campus?

My favorite thing to do is go to Lake Mendota or Monona. The lake makes me feel at peace, and I love going to the lake to read, paint, or exercise to get my mind off any stressors. I just recently got a kayak, so I am looking forward to kayaking on the lake once I’m back on campus.

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