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Ethan Polson, Theatre Major

Name: Ethan Polson
Major: Theatre
Hometown: Ankeny, Iowa
Fact: In my early teens, maybe pre-teens, I got a giant fish pillow from Wal-Mart that was over 4 ft. in length. I still have that pillow. It currently resides on my bed in a room on the second floor of Robertson.

I chose to come to Belhaven because... I wanted to receive top notch theatre training and education while still attending a Christ-centered University. The professors here are both down to earth and talented in their theatrical emphasis. If you ever have a need to talk to any of them about things that aren’t even theatre related I have no doubt they’d be ready to help you as much as they could in a heartbeat.

One relationship that has meant a lot to me while attending Belhaven... It’s so hard to choose just one when you meet so many incredible people and professors here. But aside from the many incredible friends I have made over my time here, to choose one person, I would have to say Mr. John Maxwell, who was a theatre professor here for all of two years. John loved his students and he really loved to work with us and get down deep in regard to our acting. The wisdom I received from him is something that will stick with me not just in the theatrical world, but also in the way I deal with everyday life. In his classes many of us theatre students referred to him as our “Wise Noble Owl.” It would be a shame to not also mention here the name of a certain Scott Gaines, who was a senior theatre major the year I came in as a freshman. Scott was like an older brother figure, a mentor, role model and a brilliant actor all rolled up into one. We have many a fond memory of good times during shows and behind the scenes of shows. I have learned several things from knowing Scott; our friendship has had very good impact on my life.

Because of my degree from Belhaven University... I can pursue a career in the acting world with a lot of experience to back up whatever I want to do. From my acting experiences on the stage to helping build the stages, sets and props. I am able to help in more ways than just being an ignorant actor, as I will understand what it takes to put on a production from every other perspective on top of just acting in the show. On top of this all, with my degree I can go to a graduate school if I decide I want to get a masters degree in the future.

One word to describe my experience at Belhaven: Growth

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