"I've been able to stretch my creative boundaries because of the support I received from my professors. Whatever you want, they'll help you make it happen."

Class of 2012 update: After graduation, Ali will be Outreach Coordinator at The CRY HAVOC Company, helping support the company's goals of creating and producing new plays. She will also be a part of the directing corps there.

"I was a member of We Brake for Nobody, Bucknell's improvisational comedy troupe. I joined when some friends were recruiting for the group at a table outside of the Bison. When I walked by, they started yelling at me in front of everyone, asking me to join. So I did.

"Every moment was a learning experience. It was hard, but I learned that nothing will ever go perfectly, and I lost my hesitation to ask questions. I now know that it's OK to try new things, even when they don't turn out exactly how I wanted them to.

"I want to be a director. I'd like to eventually get into film, but my main dream is to direct plays. At Bucknell, I directed 'I Really Really Like You,' a one-act play for the annual Cocktail Theatre. I also worked in the costume shop, where I got paid to make interesting clothes and play with sequins. I even got to collaborate with Professor Paula Davis and some students to design and assemble costumes for Shakespeare's 'Twelfth Night.'

"I've been able to stretch my creative boundaries because of the support I received from my professors. Whatever you want, they'll help you make it happen."

Ali is from Massapequa, N.Y.

Posted May 9, 2012

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