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Kelsey Ang
Dance

“My experiences at LMU have taught me to be open-minded and curious to different possibilities. I want to inspire a global community of creative, diverse and empowered movers by sharing my passions for dance and marketing.”

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Alan Corvaia
Theatre Arts

"I'm eternally grateful to have inhabited the lair of love LMU created for me. There is not a single person at LMU who doesn't deeply desire to leave a positive mark on this world; to set the world on fire with grace and unity."

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Jessica Dickerson
Theatre Arts

"When you are applying to colleges you don’t realize the impact that that school will have on you. I picked LMU because of the small individualized classroom setting and I left with life-long friends, mentors, and experiences that I will never take for granted."

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Yolanda Ezquerro
Communication Studies

"Through each internship I cultivated and curated exactly what I wanted to do, ultimately falling in love with public relations and deciding to pursue my masters."

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Simrah Farrukh
Studio Arts

"I decided Studio Arts was the rich step for me because I wanted a space to fulfill my creative desires while at the same time receiving opportunities to grow as a professional.”

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Josh Grisetti
Theatre Arts: Performance Pedagogy (MFA)

"I would never have been ready to teach effectively in higher education without the support of the LMU performance pedagogy program. This program allowed and encouraged me to act, direct, and teach elsewhere in tandem with my studies."

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Jeanette Martinez
Art History

“I believe that the reason I could balance extracurricular commitments, service, health, and my social life while at LMU was because I studied areas that truly move my spirit. I love studying and excelling in my classes because I am investing in my passions.”

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Lilly McCarty
Music

"I wholeheartedly wish for the incoming underclassmen that you too are able to experience the magic that is LMU, and when that day comes, do not allow fear to hold you back from trying something new. Embrace vulnerability in your work, play and relationships. Go Lions!"

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Mandy Moore
Studio Arts

“LMU prepared me for success, starting with my classes, which prepared me for my on-campus jobs, which in turn helped me land my dream internship. It is clear that the firm foundation I have developed here has set the stage for me to achieve my goals and will help me greatly in the future.”

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Cecilia Sanchez
Marital and Family Therapy/Art Therapy (M.A.)

"[The MFT department's] dedication to providing mental health support to underserved communities throughout the pandemic, and their ever-present support, helped guide my developing professional identity during unprecedented and challenging times. I aspire to further explore the power of art in creating, and healing, communities within the practices of art therapy in a diverse city like Los Angeles."

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Becca Simor
Art History

"Through the courses I have taken at LMU and my experiences outside of the classroom, I have learned to be critical of the canon but also to see the possibilities of arts education for community building and social change."

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Eric Van Thyne
Music

“LMU really got me prepared to be working with other people – the academic and creative environment was fruitful and productive. I loved getting to compose music for student films and work on music projects with friends.”