Robert Frost says he was named for his grandfather and is no relation to Frost the poet. A theatre major, Robert was active on and off campus as a campus tour guide, an accompanist for the Sarofim School of Fine Arts, a resident assistant, and as a singer at a local church.
Biggest take-away from SU?
Southwestern allows you to discover both how hard you can work and how much you can shape the community you are in. I learned that you can always work harder and give more, which is both daunting and inspiring.
In your opinion, what makes SU special?
It is a community of inspiring, passionate students, faculty and staff, who are unconditionally supportive.
If you could do it over, what would you do differently?
This sounds crazy, but I would work harder. There’s so much to learn; I graduated not having had the chance to take a few classes that I had wanted to take. I also learned that anytime I chose sleeping over hanging out with my friends, I probably should have chosen my friends instead.
Why did you choose to come SU?
In addition to the great arts program and the strong academics, every time I visited campus, people would always go out of their way to welcome me. I knew this was a community where I wanted to be.
Best advice a professor gave you?
On theatre, “If this is something you love doing, it’s what you should want to be doing in your free time.” I think that’s true of anything you find that you’re truly passionate about. Also, “Always find time to take a nap.”
What advice do you have for an incoming first-year?
Find something you’re passionate about and give it your all. Also, contrary to the nap advice I got, I say if it comes down to hanging out with your friends or sleeping, hang out with your friends no matter how tired you are.
If you had a super power, what would it be?
Writing papers at the speed of light!
This summer, Robert wrote and provided musical direction for a show that was part of the Summer Musical Theater Intensive (SMTI) at the Arkansas Repertory Theatre in Little Rock, Ark. He is currently interning at The Playwrights’ Center in Minneapolis, Minn.