The Engineering Experience: Building My Future is a new blog written by Emily Wright, a sophomore electrical engineering major from Ridgeway, Pa. Check back for Emily’s updates about academics, life on campus and preparing for a career in engineering, or e-mail her at

engineer-experienceWelcome to my new blog!

As an electrical engineering major I often find myself loaded down with a large amount of material that I am responsible for. And, though I have people to help me through, sometimes it’s nice to have somewhere to go hang out and laugh for a of couple hours. Of course, I love what I do – It’s just nice to have a diversion outside of my program of study 🙂

As the stage manager for Gannon’s production of “The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee,” I must admit there were times I thought I had bitten off more than I could chew. Rehearsals were a huge time commitment, and it put me in a position of control that was a little intimidating walking in. But, I figured I had to start somewhere!

As “Spelling Bee” drew to a close at Gannon University’s Schuster Theatre, I must admit my feelings are bittersweet. The months we’ve spent preparing for the opening night of the “Spelling Bee” have come to an end and the performances are now mere fond memories.

I’m sure I’m not alone in my slight feelings of remorse as we see the rewards of our hard work pass so quickly. However, I must admit the show coming to an end brings on a sense of release as well especially, with midterms quickly approaching.

I’ve always been a fan of the arts, and theater draws me in like a moth to a flame, as the adage goes. But the spotlight just isn’t for me. Working behind the scenes, including building the set and running lights, may not be the most glamorous of feats, but it’s what keeps me coming back; even though I am not a performing arts major, the theater has played a significant role in my life since I was young. The theater provides me with a feeling of escape and variety.

I’m pleased to say the “Spelling Bee” was a success – the last three performances were sold out.

Overall, I found that even though being a stage manager for the play was a lot of work, I believe it was a good way to get away from the daily workload of being an engineer.

Thanks for reading my new blog!

– Emily

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