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Dec. 13, 2016
By Lexi Ryan, media relations assistant
Fred Vogel has more vivid dreams about his future thanks to the skills and knowledge he developed through the theater program at Northwest Missouri State University.
Vogel, from Lincoln, Nebraska, will graduate with a bachelor’s degree in speech and theatre education. He plans to substitute teach in Omaha or Lincoln, Nebraska, before pursuing an acting career.
“Literally, one tour was enough to convince me to attend Northwest,” Vogel said. “The campus, faculty and roster of classes was just the right fit for me.”
He added, “If it weren’t for Dr. Joseph Kreizinger (chair of the Department of Fine and Performing Arts), I don’t think I would have been as successful as I was,” Vogel said. “He was the one who convinced me to come to Northwest in the first place, and he’s been instrumental in guiding my achievement ever since.”
As a Northwest student, Vogel was involved in the Alpha Psi Omega theater honor society, Comedy Inc. and University Players. He also acted, directed and worked on crew with Theatre Northwest. He wrote two short plays, a monologue and co-wrote a play for a 24-hour play slam during his junior year.
He said his friends as well as the faculty and staff who lead Northwest’s theater department have been a big influence.
“Most of them have impacted me in some sort of way, whether they realize it or not,” Vogel said. “I wouldn’t be the person I am now if it weren’t for their constant support and positivity.”
He also developed an appreciation for campus organizations at Northwest because they provide students with a wealth of opportunities to find things they enjoy and pursue them.
Vogel said he will miss seeing his classmates every day and working on shows with them.
“Take advantage of every moment you’re here,” Vogel said. “One day, you’re going to freshman orientation. The next, you’re in the last week of student teaching, reflecting on the past four and a half years of your life. Enjoy every minute of it.”
Northwest has opened Vogel’s eyes to a part of theater he didn’t know existed and gave him something to strive for as he moves forward in his career.
“I’ve noticed an intense growth in who I am as a student, a teacher, a performer, a friend and more importantly a person, and I have these past four years to thank for that,” Vogel said. “I’m definitely a much more mature person than I was before I came to Northwest. But in a sense, I’m a lot more open than I was before as well because I was able to engage in conversation with people on an intellectual level and embrace my creative side.”
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