After attempting to attend a course in another college last September and not suiting or enjoying my short time there, I debated hard about whether starting college again would be the right thing for me to do. However, when I saw the performing arts course on the SGS college website I was so intrigued by the different style of learning that I thought I'd give it a go. I can honestly say that was the best decision I have ever made!
Previously, in places where I'd studied before, I'd always felt as though I was attending education purely because it was a legal requirement. In my experience, I felt that teachers or tutors were more concerned with reaching government standards and ticking boxes than in what my education meant to me or in my needs or wants for the future.
In 5VP, I feel completely differently. I am heard and understood by our tutor, Alan, who works individually with each of us so that we are able to achieve the most from the course. We work in a way that is challenging, enjoyable, has an impact both within our company and externally, and is completely relevant to ourselves and the arts and acting industry. So far, there has not been a single day where I have come home from college feeling that what I have learnt that day isn't entirely necessary to my future.
Over the last term, I have achieved and grown more as an individual than I did in my previous 7 years of education. In the few months between September and December, we created a documentary about the impacts of stereotypes and breaking down barriers between people, during the process of which I learnt; the values and practices of four different theatrical practitioners and how we could use their ideas on our work, how to use a camera for filming, the roles within the production industry, and how the production of a documentary works. We also wrote, produced and performed a 30 minute podcast highlighting the struggles of young refugees trying to fit into life in the UK, a project which has changed the way I will see the world and the people in it for the rest of my life.
In the podcast, I had the honour of playing a young woman, Amina, who had fled war torn Afghanistan and was now living in the UK. Having never performed in front of anybody before, I was terrified, but the response from the audience assured me that we had created something that hadn't only changed my own view on the refugee crisis, but the views of many others. To see the impact that our work had on people outside of our company was incredibly affirming; we were doing something that was undoubtedly worthwhile.
I am amazed at how much we have been able to do in such a short period of time, and how interesting and engaging the work has been. If all this is achievable in just four months, then I am exceptionally excited for what the future for us holds!
By Nima Cas Hunt