Statesman Scholar Aiyshanti Green
I have always been fascinated by fine arts. In high school, after years of writing lyrics, I found a new interest in theater. I joined the Forensics team (not science related) and started competing, performing monologues and playing small roles in class productions. I loved being a different person while acting, figuring out their quirks and characteristics.
Majoring in Theater and Communications was not my plan in high school. But when I came to Richard Bland College of William & Mary, I realized it was my destiny.
I was ready to experience everything RBC had to offer because while in high school I participated in the Upward Bound Program hosted by Virginia State University. I lived on campus five days a week, took classes taught by VSU professors, mingled with other students, and got a taste college life.
Through Richard Bland’s Bridge Program with William & Mary, I have had the opportunity to take classes in Williamsburg, where I’ve been taught by award-winning actors who have helped me refine my craft as an actress. I am honored and humbled to say that this experience helped me earn an Academic Achievement Award from RBC for excellence in Visual and Performing Arts.
While taking classes at William & Mary, I’ve explored the campus, and taken advantage of the College’s Media Center. It houses all types of technology, such as cameras and video editing software, and has enabled me to study video production. This has been particularly important to me as a visual artist because I can study my acting from a director’s point of view and make adjustments that improve my performance.
After graduating from RBC on May 12, I will attend the VCU School of the Arts and double major in Theater Performance and Mass Communications. I’m grateful to the many opportunities Richard Bland College has given me to start my career.