ISTA was a mind opening experience. I learned to work with many different people, using a number of different techniques. I was also in a new environment, so it forced me out of my comfort zone. I use the word ‘forced’ very lightly, because I was very excited to be a part of this experience, but it definitely made me get out of my comfort zone.
In terms of meeting new people, it really encouraged me to own my confidence and speak up more. In the beginning I was quite skeptical of the people there because I am a very shy person but, looking back, I’m glad I opened up, and I truly believe it was because I was surrounded by people who lifted each other up and helped each other gain confidence.
The different methods we used gave me an idea or two to take back home and I incorporated them into my own piece for Drama. We learned a lot about expressing emotion. We also got to engage with students who were less privileged, and who also inspired me in terms of changing and putting ideas into my piece.