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A Day in the Life with Noelle

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Noelle Mercer

Theater Studies & English, Class of 2021



Political Science, Class of 2019


So right now i am in the yale dramatic association office, and the university theater, also known as the ut ut, is a huge theater on campus. I think it's our biggest theater space. It holds six hundred eighty people proscenium stage. And every year the yale dramatic association, the theater company that i am on the executive board of puts on seven shows. So this bowling is very important to me because i have meetings here several times a week when it's tech week. I practically live in this building on dh. Yeah, it's a very special place. We also share this space with the yale repertory theatre on dh, the yale school of drama. The weinstein. Um, so let's take a tour of the universe. St peter there. This is where do other it's bring here. There's some people building set. What do you guys no, it's not a lot of exper. It's for campus. Riel. Yeah. Shop. Very cool. I should be right. This is the dramatic green room. This is where wei have meetings. We hold events, and it looks like a pig sty right now. But i swear, no, it always looks like it. But a lot of people will sleep here or here, or spend time here when it's technique, all right? Or if they're just, like, stressed out from the school year and what i take a little bit of a break for you. Unfortunately, i can't show you all the theater because there is a wise sti production for yell grab. I'm not sure somebody's in the theater right now, and they're doing a build call. That means that they're building the site, but, um, yeah, that's the this has been the u team. I hope you've been doing it. Okay, everyone. I'm here with my friend Matty. So, Maddy, could you please introduce yourself where you're from? And your major? Yeah. Hi, guys. I'm Maddie. I am a junior here. Yale from St Louis, Missouri. And I'm a double major in theater studies and women's gender and sexuality studies. Cem. And what college are you in? I'm in Morse College. Okay. Okay. So, Maddy, could you talk a little bit about what? You do like Extracurricular? Yeah. So I'm in a cappella group here on campus. It's an all women's group called something extra. Um, animal center dance group called yield answers. We do all different kinds of dance. And then I courted often acting stuff here. So what is the kind of the type of shows that you've done? Well, last year, I am Korea to show that our speaker Noel was actually and cold in the height on. Right now, I'm acting the show called twenty fifth Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, which is super fun machine learning about theworld baton for it only. So, yes. Check me on that. And that I'm directing a show this spring called a gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder. Could you just quickly describe, Like what? The social climate like it's like here at Yale. And then also just like your own personal social circle. Yeah, I don't know. I was really surprised about the social climate here. It was only the opposite of what I thought it would be. You know, I don't think is, uh, super like, horny toity kind of ivy. And I was really impressed with the way that people are so, like, grounded and down to earth. Here I found so many people who were a lot like me and people who are super different and like in a way like our experiences here become universal even with different backgrounds. Like, we all have the shared experience here. And like I found that some of my closest friends or people who have lived completely different lives. But like, we're united here at Yale. No. And then last thing. What? What a piece of advice that you give to a person who wants to come to Yale or who's just thinking apology. Oh, my gosh. Um, I think just do things that you love. You're going to do best things that you love to do when things that make you feel like a better person and a better student. Yeah, just like, follow your heart. Like don't do anything that feels like a waste of your time. Thank you. Maddie was one. Okay. It's time for the epic tour of Jonathan Edwards College. I'm here with my friend Sammy. Sammy's. Cool. He's in Morse. But, you know, we'll forgive him. Well, I'm I can learn more from the tour. That way. There we go. We're going to convert you into a spider. Just you wait. Okay, let's go. You are our music practice rooms we have for them on people are currently in them, so we can't really show you inside. But, Sandy, a test of the fact that he has written songs and he's very no that you have. All right, let's get going. So in here is the J Press. We have printing presses and I've never been in here. And Sammy, have you been in here? Cool. So neither of us have been in here, but it's still pretty rad because they do things like make things like this. So go J Printing press. This is our trash and recycling trash. Longer. There you go. Okay, So this is, uh, J Art Gallery. Right now, we're going through like, a very like, about card minimalist sort of exhibit. So as you can see, this is one of the exhibits. A work of art. It's called Man against White. Great. Very. Wait. Here where exercise and keep. To the J buttery game. Where Good destroy saying Yeah, yeah. There you go. I'm going to destroy him yet. Table tennis. Uh huh. Oh, Phil, critics. Well, anyway, this is what it looks like. This also serves as our buttery, which is closed right now because it's open. It's open from ten. Thirty two. I believe one AM oil Mondays through Fridays. And it's just an opportunity for students to hang out, Get some food. The good old CYA which or the grilled cheese? The buttery, is staffed and maintained by J students. And they make food for us right here. Uh, delicious. A fun late night snack area, right, right. Good morning, everyone. Right now, I am on the way to go to the gym in the morning. Uh, and I'm just gonna straight up break the fourth wall. I don't know what I'm recording. I just decided to a record A video in the morning, But I honestly don't know what this video is gonna be. I don't know when I'm gonna upload it, so we'll just go with the flow and I'll take you along my day. So that was a pretty good workout session. I didn't record any of workouts, but if you want to see me make a video in the future, calm down below. Let me know that now it's time for a quick job back. I'll see you in a bit. Now it's time to go and get some breakfast. Yeah. Now it's time for me to get some breakfast at the beautiful Jonathan Edwards College. Probably gonna get some breakfast, some food study for Chinese a bit before my first class. Yeah, Everything's going pretty well so far. Just look at this place. Oh, okay. That was in the best for you, but yeah, I'm gonna get some breakfast. See you in a bit now we're gonna goto way. I just finished Chinese class, and right now I'm gonna study for a bit before my Chinese tutorial section. Languages share really intense, but yeah, I'm gonna study for tomorrow's test, get some lunch, and then continue on with my classes. Now it's time for me to head to my Chinese tutorial section. Yeah, so I've been here for about 4 to 5 hours now, after my psychology lecture. So after doing all of that, I went here straight here to focus for, like, 4 to 5 hours to just study study from a Chinese midterm tomorrow and just honestly get a lot of the most unwanted forms done. I finally have the room to myself after, like, 4 to 5 hours with other people being here. But yeah, this whole tire video was very spontaneous. Nothing was planned. And today was actually a very boring day to record. I'm so sorry. I'm honestly gonna try to record better videos where the days are more fun. Uh, these from one of the days that aren't as busy but busy in terms of having to study and doing a lot of solitary work. So I've been here for a long time. I will, however, get dinner and a bit, catch up with a friend and maybe go to an improv comedy music show. But we'll see. And then after that, I have two hours of rehearsals from one of the place that I'm doing this semester. I'll probably mention this in another video, but I've been doing a lot of theater hair yell. It's very, very time consuming one of the shows that I just finished. We had at least 4 to 5 hours a night on a regular day and for tech week, we had, like, all day booked for rehearsal. So theater is a huge time commitment. Extracurriculars are a very, very big time coming. So please, as cliche as it is, balance out your extracurriculars, your social life, your classes and everything and just make sure you have a fun time. It is so cold wearing my hair like that. Morrison Dining Hall with Sexy Man over here, Arnold Morse Dining Hall with the sexiest man alive Richard lead he's got. So I rushed out of Puff Show because I'm running late to thee to our rehearsal from 9 to 11. It's fine, because way gotta have fun. But hopefully my directors is that good? Oh, my gosh. It's really cool. And I almost drowned, but it's fine. And I hope you guys enjoyed this very kind of boring kind of fun. Weird lot. Um, I'll catch you on the flip side of things you don't, my love. But actually, I just want to say thank you so much for everything. It means a lot to be making more contact soon. Hopefully soon when things don't get busy and I can explain everything for my end. Yeah, Thank you so much. Okay. So next up is Sterling Memorial Library, also known as SML. Sterling Memorial Library is one of our main libraries on campus. It has nine floors on each floor has stack, so that just means lots and lots of books. We haven't obscene number of books, the actual number I'm not exactly sure of, but if you want a book, most likely sterling our bath are Haas or one of the many libraries on campus will have them. We also have a library book share program. So if the book that you want is not available in one of our life libraries, they will find the book and one of the neighbouring universities on. And also they will see if one of the other Ivy League schools have the book, and if they do, they will ship it to you and you will be able to have it. You also can request to have chapters of a book scan. I'm in a library in Will do that to you and send it to you electronically. And yeah, Sterling Memorial Library is very beautiful. It was intended to be a church, but then Yale was like, we need to spend more secular. So the architect was, like, Cool. I won't make it a church. I'll make it a library, but it's still gonna look like a church. So let's go on in. So unless you're placed into Silman, Timothy Dwight, Benjamin Franklin are palling. Murray colleges For your first year, you live on old campus and you live with other members of your class that are in the same college as you are on. Before you get to campus, you fill out a survey. It's very brief and asked you if you're ah morning person if you like to listen to music loudly home, if you're messy or meat, and then the university collects all that data, and then they put you into sweet according to your college and your preferences. If your place in one of the four colleges that I mentioned before you live in the college your first year and that's mostly due to space, there's just enough space in those colleges Toehold for class ears. But if not, if you live on old campus for your first year, you're second year. You move into your actual residential college. And the exciting thing about your second year is that you get to choose your suite mates. So a lot of people decide to stay with this sweet that the university assigned them, because usually it ends up working out um But you can also decide to split up your sweet. You can join a different suite. The thing is you you live with people in your college or you can do what I did, which is I transferred colleges. So my first year, I was placed into Trumbull College, so I lived in Bingham Hall on old campus with five incredible young woman. However, I found so much love, support, friendship and community and Farnum Hall, which is where the J E. The Jonathan Edward Edwards Kidsday on DH It just so happened that all my friends were in J. So I realized halfway through my first year that I really wanted to live with my friends. So I applied to transfer colleges. And now I'm in Jonathan Edwards and I got, too, and I'm living with whom My best friends And there goes my pencil hum and it's honestly, I'm so happy that I transferred colleges. I wasn't unhappy it Trumbull. I just really wanted to go live with my friends. And I think at the end of the day, that's the beauty of the residential college system is that even though Yale can be a pretty big and almost intimidating space. You can always return to your small community and your rest college. But college is a RH, typically pretty small, so I know almost everyone and that I know almost everyone who lives in J because we're a pretty How's going everyone? My name's Arnold, and today we are going to be doing a Q and A video, one that I have been postponing for about two months now that is very blurry, and I am finally here. You'll has a two week spring break. So I'm home right now at my brother's room and I found time and I found the space to finally recorded this video. So hopefully you guys enjoy. And without further ado, let's get into it. By the way, it's very cold. So that's why I'm wearing this hood. I hope you don't mind. So once again, I will be reading them straight off of the laptop. Question number one. What is your really like? Uh, that is actually a very broad question. Everything. So I won't see that yield isn't what people normally perceive it as. Like this prestigious, very rich, very like a school with a bunch of arrogant kids. It is very collaborative, and everybody is just so supporting of each other. It's like everybody is so friendly there. Everyone loves working together about the same time. Everyone also has their own like kind of passions that they follow. One of the most important things to realize that everyone at Yale, for the most part, especially first years, they're still like teenagers. And a lot of us don't really know what we want to do in our lives. But everyone is just so humble and collaborative, and it's a very good atmosphere. I think I'm rambling on this point, but I think hell is actually very, very fun place. Very beautiful campus. A lot of the kids are very collaborative. All the professors are amazing. The opportunities and extracurriculars are just amazing There. It's so hard to answer such a question like that. Maybe I'll get into another video. Can you read your essays? Do you like Nintendo? I might read. My essay is in the future video, but we'll see. And yes, I love Nintendo. In fact, I actually made a lot of Oakland videos back in the day. Let's see if you can find those challenge. Did you apply to any other schools besides hell, What were they and what were the results? No, Yellow is the only school I applied to technically because I applied single choice early action. And once I got in, I was just like you screw it? I'm not gonna find anything else because the application, they notified me of my acceptance before the deadline for a lot of the regular decision applications. So if I didn't get in, I still have time to apply. But since I got in, unfortunately, I wasn't going through that whole entire applied attend colleges process. I'm very grateful. And I'm very happy for Can you give advice to young people who are interested in the arts but are in an environment where stem is practically worshipped and the arts are laughed up easy, double major and calm in all seriousness. As cliche as it sounds, one of the most important things in life, especially when choosing a passion, is that you have to truly and genuinely enjoy love it, because if you don't actually love it, you're gonna be so sad trying to pursue it, like taking all these courses that you're not actually interested in. And I say, like, if you're truly passionate in the arse, just go in, you have to go all in Gaul out. And, for example, if you're doing feeder, you know, just like audition for a lot of roles, take anything that they throw at you and just say yes to everything in every single opportunity. Because your talent, perseverance and skill will end up looming one day. Just believe in it. You have to persevere. And, yeah, I sound like a teacher. Yeah. What is your major? I was thinking a double major between a bunch of different majors. It varied from, like, film, math, physics, political science, ethics, politics and economics is all over the place. But I think I've consolidated too double majoring in political science, English and maybe Peter a combination of those two. But we'll see what happens. What was your experience was shopping, period. Did you find any classes interesting which aren't related to your major if there's one. OK, so for those of guys who don't know what shopping period is, basically this two week period at Yale, where you can like dropping add classes so you could test them out, see which ones you like, see which ones you don't. And at the end of the two weeks, you have to finally consolidate your schedule into four or five classes or so personally for me, it didn't really help me as much. I kind of think is overrated because the thing is for shopping. Period number one, you still have to do all of your homework. Um, throughout. You know that two week period number two, you get wait listed a lot and number three. A lot of people tend to already know what classes they like, even the first impression of that class. So for the most part, you don't really spend the full two weeks just like shopping every single class and doing all the homework because it gets very overwhelming. So, yeah, I personally didn't think it was too helpful because I kind of already knew what classes I wanted to take, which I will probably talk about a future video. But as for classes that I found interesting which weren't related to my major, there's a class I took, which was an astronomy course. And it never took astronomy at all, not astrology, but astronomy. And the class was honestly very interesting. We had a very accomplished professor and we went to the telescopes, and we did all these things learned about stars and planets and dark matter and all these cool concepts. But yeah, I guess I guess shopping period is pretty good. But personally, for me, it wasn't as advantageous. I'm sorry for that response. I know the very pessimistic I'm so sorry. Uh, a lot of people actually enjoy shopping, period. And I think it is a good thing. What career are you aiming for in the future? At this point, I still don't know. I considered being like a professor in political science or English or even theater or whatever, but I really do want to get into the entertainment field, whether it is like writing, directing, acting or producing. It's just all so interesting for me and, hey, Asian American representation. That'll be awesome. And we're starting with you two panel over here. So, yeah, maybe acted. We'll see. We'll see what happens. What's your favorite place at Yale? This is a very hard question because I love Yale in its entirety like it's such an awesome campus of the beautiful campus, the trees, the buildings, the architecture's b. Just everything about yield. Just so awesome and so vibrant, so beautiful. But one of the most recent favorite places that have been at it's actually in the previous log. It is the Sterling Law building, third floor library. One of my close friends actually showed me the place. It is just such an inspiring place in the light is there and then you just feel so studios and it's just it's just a really beautiful place. But I just love you. In general, it's just such an awesome, amazing university. It's just such an awesome and amusing university. Very aesthetically pleasing favorite Pokemon. I had a list. I actually had a list like a few years ago. One of them has to be definitely bulbous or on Oh, gee, very nostalgic. I love Pan champ. I love I love LA I honestly can't think of anything. Um, well, say Pan Chan from now, because it's a very cool panda and also fun. Fact. He was in the mascot for one of So right now we're in Jonathan Edwards starting home. I'm here is my friend Ali and exams, all right. So, yes, Jay, you Dining hall is a super fun place I don't see in terms of food quality. J son solidly middle of the pack on the food sometimes really good. This food is sometimes not. It's good, but sense straightly apart is that our dining hall staff is so welcoming, so gracious, and they love every single student they know most of us by name. Yeah, I'll show you all what dining hall Actually, the this episode is probably going to be one of the quicker ones, but it is actually very, very important. Your teacher and guidance counselor recommendations now for this. I highly recommend you guys to first and foremost start early, because for Yale you need one guy that's concert recommendation and to teacher recommendations. Now you should give them ample time to write those recommendations because they have a lot of students that they also have to consider. Not for this. You want to choose teachers who have known you for a while, you know? Hopefully, teacher, you know, you've known for at least a year and hopefully in some really good academic subjects. But once again, you don't need to have a teacher in like, you know, math and a teacher in English. To read information for you is truly important that you have somebody who truly knows you well know ser characteristics. That being said, it is important to make valuable relationships with your concerts and your teachers so they can put you in the best life possible. Now, what makes a good recommendation versus a bad recommendation? This is where you kind of well, to some extent, if you don't have, like good teachers or like counselors who rent good recommendations. That's where you kind of put in the work personally. What I did is I gave them a cheat sheet, which is basically a sheet of things like stories that I want them to kind of conveying. Talk about on their application because a battery combination is gonna be something that is superficial, like. Arnold is diligent. He's hard working. Those were very basic things. You know, a lot of students, our hard work and diligence. What called is wanted to see how a teacher has specifically seen instances where you conveyed these characteristics. For example, for one of my recommendations, it was from one of my close teachers and director. He, you know, I have passions for English and theater. He also had a passion for English in theater, and he got to know me really, really well, really personally. So he had specific, and it goes to show fly. You know, I was a good actor or why I'm a hard worker and why I feel unique across the other students that you have taught. You want to make it very personal. So it is very, very important. You said your consulate and your teachers, these cheat sheets that I'd say to, like specifically give it to them so they can showcase all these cool characteristics of the story is that you've got Yeah, that's pretty much it, you know, start early. Have teachers and concerts that have known you for a while, and if not, you can always finance it by sending them a document that has specific things that you recall that helped show gets you as a better person. If you have any more questions or request, please let me know. But for now, I'm going to end this video and So young university in New Haven, Connecticut, which is a I would describe a small city. So one of the main strips. Is Broadway. Um, and we have a lot of different stores on Broadway. We have urbanoutfitters, Patagonia, the apple store. But we also have a very famous eatery called Good Nature Market. But wait. Call it Haley's. Call it Chief. Because a few years back, the management changed. They changed the name to major market, but before it was always called, uh, good heaven or something like that. I'm not sure changed before I got here, but everyone always calls it G have so I'm gonna show