Natalie Inspires with a Dramatic Approach to Healing
By Mary Edson
What is it that makes Southwestern so special, stimulating and inspiring? What makes New Mexico the land of enchantment? How did each one of us end up here? I have been asking myself these questions since landing here just a few months ago. To begin to tap into these questions and answers, I started interviewing new students at SWC. Through this process, I learned more about the unique and enriching student body and culture at SWC. Below are excerpts from my interview with Natalie, to listen to an audio recording of our conversation click on her name. Natalie shares with us her current experience and future visions in a candid, humorous and uplifting way.
Me: Can you tell us a little about where you are coming from and how you moved here?
Natalie: I am from Illinois. I sold everything that I owned in a giant three day yard sale that was amazing…we packed everything in two cars and toppers and drove across the country. Oh, and with two very annoying cats that howled the entire time.
Me: What has been challenging here?
Natalie: My willingness to open (makes the educational process less challenging), I want to go down there…and here is the place to do it. Everybody has that abyss, hidden in the far corners of their forgotten closet, you move those clothes aside and it’s there. I finally decided to face it.
Me: From your classes, what is the thing that you are ruminating most on?
Natalie: Humanistic theories, those jive really well with me. I know that I am going to take those views and have it be the core of my practice.
Me: Is there a population of people that you’d like to work with?
Natalie: I want to work with couples…I want to do my post grad work with drama therapy. I want my “office” to be a black box theatre. I’ll work with couples and their relationship, bring the inside of their feelings out onto the stage.
Me: Is there anything else you’d like to say?
Natalie: All of the sudden, I am not afraid of the artistic side of me. I’m doing the things that I have never done before, that I have wanted to do. I can be myself, and it’s nice.
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