Senior Snapshot: Tessa Slovis

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Waddlin’ through college

Name: Tessa Slovis
Major: Theatre/Anthropology

What are you involved in? Columbia Musical Theatre Society outgoing VP, Columbia Performing Arts League, I’ve acted for CU players, Latenite, Kings Crown Shakespeare Troupe, NOMADS and the Varsity Show! I am also a member of Kappa Alpha Theta!

Guilty pleasure? Mixed Dumplings from Ollies, although I definitely don’t feel guilty about that one.

Favorite memory from Barnard? I have too many! One has to be playing an eager Barnard freshman AS an eager Barnard Freshman in the 116th Varsity Show. It was the first show I did on campus and as the curtain opened and I stepped on stage for the first time, although terrifying, I was so happy to be where I was at that moment.

Biggest regret of college?
Worrying too much about what other people thought about me. I think everyone goes through a transformation in college and a journey towards a more acute self awareness. I certainly did, but it took me a vast majority of my college career to figure out that I didn’t need other people to validate my intelligence, personality or any other part of me. Scratch that, I’m still working on it but I will say just allowing myself to love and trust me, Tessa, was such a huge thing. I regret not doing that earlier.

Biggest leap of faith during college?
College is a series of leaps of faith. Whether it be the day this semester where I sat alone in my room and finally reconciled the fact that what I really wanted to do was act and be an artist for the rest of my life or when I walked into my varsity show audition without knowing what it was or what I was even supposed to do and I subsequently spent the next three years committing most of my college life to student theatre. This one is corny…but I think my biggest leap of faith definitely happened this year when I decided to tell my current boyfriend how I felt about him. College is a messy albeit beautiful adventure and one day I decided to get over myself, take a deep breath and say “Hey! I like you!”. It was really scary but I will never forget how brave I felt, and how happy I am now.

What will you miss?
Those really special classes, you know the ones, African Dance, Acting Classes, Text Magic Performance, those really specific lit classes that when you see them on courseworks you believe that this school designed it FOR YOU. The classes that make you excited to be in school, to learn a new art form or to just use your mind in a different way. I’ll really miss those. And Morningside heights of course, I love this neighborhood and I will certainly not be able to afford to live here for a very VERY long time.

What won’t you miss? The quantitative reasoning requirement.

Favorite place on or off campus
On campus: My room in 620. I finally channeled my inner interior designer, it’s so warm and feels like home. OR the Glicker Milstein Theatre in LL2 of the Diana. I live there for about a month every semester. That’s probably my second home.

In 5 words or less, what’s next? Who knows!

Midnight breakfast or Orgo Night?
Not even a question. Midnight Breakfast. I’ll take DSPAR serving me eggs over marginally to highly offensive jokes any day.

If you were a Morningside Heights bar which would you be?
Ok. So I think I’m internally a 1020 with the facade of CAMPO (let’s be clear here, not Il Cibreo or Amigos, CAMPO—the place that holds most of my freshman year mistakes and where I consumed far too many Barnards, yes underclassladies there was a drink called the Barnard, it was pink and fizzy and incredibly heteronormative).

Who will play you in the biopic of your life? Maya Rudolph , although she may be a bit too old by the time that happens.


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