Scotlight: Laura Sevilla ’24

Features Editor Alex Nathanson ’24 sits down with Laura Sevilla ’24 to discuss academics, screenplays and the end of junior year.

Introduce yourself!

My name is Laura, I’m a junior at the College and I use she/her pronouns. I am an English major and a studio art minor. I’m also a Writing Center consultant, an English department assistant and a Boo Bears barista. Oh, and I’m also one of the co-founders of Film Club, which is a club we’re trying to make official!

How did you decide on your major?

I used to be in pre-med/neuroscience and I loved being in neuroscience but hated being in pre-med. If I stayed in neuroscience that would be a lot of lab work, which wasn’t what interested me about neuro. I like how creative neuroscience is – it’s very artsy – but I knew sticking to that wouldn’t be much of a career outside of a lab. So, instead, I switched to English which I’ve always loved and been good at.

Describe your dream job:

My dream job is to design or make concept art for horror monsters in film and video games. I’ve been drawing since I was really little and that’s why I’m a studio art minor. I’m also a huge fan of horror movies in general.

How do you feel about being on the cusp of your senior year?

Terrified. But at the same time, I can’t wait to be done with college – I’m over it. It’s not fun anymore. The impending doom of reality lurks right around the corner. Like, I’m gonna have to get a job in my field and even though I already have three jobs now, it’s going to be completely different by then.

Do you have a vision for your Senior I.S. yet?

I think I’m going to write maybe three screenplays within three different genres. In high school I did stage crew and I also did stage directing and managing, but I don’t love theater as much as I do film. I prefer the technical aspects of film. I really like film editing and all the software that goes into that. While theater can be very moving, I think you’re able to increase that through aspects related to film: how your script is written, how you decide the camera angles and all the creative choices that make it unique from a stage performance. I would like to incorporate my studio art minor into this project too, I’m not too sure about the requirements for that, but I was thinking maybe making storyboards to go alongside the screenplays or something like that.

What’s your favorite screenplay?

The screenplay for “There Will Be Blood” is pretty good. It’s the kind of screenplay I want to write in that it’s quite simplistic although it has so much meaning through its simplicity. The “Pulp Fiction” screenplay is also really good, but that feels like an easy answer. Oh well.

Any comments on the new mascot?

I think it’s fine because we’ve already made a meme of ourselves, so…name it McWoo.

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