MICHAEL KARADSHEH ’18
Holland, Michigan
Media and Cultural Studies
After Mac: Columbia University, MFA Program

FIRST-YEAR COURSE: Screens with professor John Kim

I learned how to be confident in my own writing and my intelligence.

INTERNSHIPS

Park Square Theatre. Managing Production
Cedar Cultural Center. Marketing artists from all over the country
Antonia Juhasz. Top environmental policy journalist in the U.S.

STUDY ABROAD

ACM Arts in Context (London and Florence). I saw every major piece of art by Michelangelo in Florence—it was an international opportunity to build on my education.

“STUDENTS HERE DARE ONE ANOTHER TO THINK DEEPER ABOUT THINGS.”

OPPORTUNITY

Mac gave me the opportunity to be part of a workshop with Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Paula Vogel, one of my idols. I’ve read her plays in my classes, and 12 of us sat down with her for six hours while she gave us adviceon playwriting. I’ve told people at other schools and they can’t believe it. She just had a Tony Award-nominated Broadway play, and there she was, teaching us. It’s that kind of dedication I see here. I am an Arab American and have had the pleasure of working with other Arab American theater-makers in the Twin Cities.

MAC STUDENTS

Students here dare one another to think deeper about things, something I really cherish about this school. We push ourselves to understand how we can change the world and how we can participate. I feel like I am so ready for the future because of how much experience I’ve had living here. Mac gave me the confidence to be self-directed and to look at myself and know what I have to offer.

November 13 2018

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