Who Would Have Thought I’d Miss Climbing That Hill?

by Courtney Thoroughgood on November 18, 2021

Who Would Have Thought I’d Miss Climbing That Hill?

by Courtney Thoroughgood on November 18, 2021

Everyone has that one space on campus that is the ultimate definition of self care. For some, it’s Easton Cafe; for others, it’s Haber Green on a cool spring evening. There are many safe spaces on campus that I retreat to when I need to just exist, but there is no place on campus that compares to what Stiteler Auditorium does for me.

Before the pandemic hit, I had a pretty light schedule on Mondays and Wednesdays. I could fill my free time with meetings, or I could allow myself to have some “Courtney Time.” My favorite place to go was Stiteler. As an Acting major, I spend a lot of time in Stiteler for classes or rehearsals, but I never knew the impact that huge room could have on me until my sophomore year.

courtney performing

I would spend the nearly two-hour window I had to spare just doing whatever I needed to manage what the week was throwing at me. My favorite form of self care is to sing. It always has been, and I truthfully think always will be. Singing in Stiteler creates an almost out-of-body experience. It makes me feel like I am the only person in the world, and the only person I need to sing for is me. I would go into Stiteler and belt my face off. Singing in Stiteler was actually one of the last things I did the Wednesday before we were sent home for COVID. That final Wednesday in March of 2020, singing in that empty room, felt cathartic—I knew I would be back on that stage again one day.Flash forward to nearly two years later, August 2021: I have my final Monday and Wednesday class in Stiteler. It felt almost eerie to be in there, but I couldn’t wait to have my self-care space again. I’m in Stiteler a lot these days, practicing monologues, singing whatever Barbra Streisand song I can get my hands on, or just working on Under Siege/Cabaret things. I feel safe there. I feel like I never left. I love the atmosphere of the room, and I hope to spend a lot more time in my favorite place as my senior year goes on. 

I feel safe there. I feel like I never left. I love the atmosphere of the room, and I hope to spend a lot more time in my favorite place as my senior year goes on.

- Courtney Thoroughgood

If you haven’t found your sacred space on campus, I highly recommend looking for a spot in Murphy. Being on top of that hill will make you feel like the only person in the world, and sometimes we all need a little bit of that.