Alyssa Eblen, a freshman theater major, is one of this year's Brenau Scholars. (AJ Reynolds/Brenau University)

Brenau Scholar: Alyssa Eblen

Alyssa Eblen from Dacula, Georgia, is pursuing degrees in theater and organizational leadership in the hope of running her own theater company someday. That dream was ignited by her first introduction to Brenau’s world of theater.

“I came to Brenau to see Guys and Dolls while I was in high school, and I was blown away by the professional quality show I saw,” Eblen says. “I came back and saw more and more shows and was continuously drawn into the amazing art this school offered.”

That same year, as a sophomore at Mill Creek High School, she was cast as Lydia in a performance of Pride and Prejudice. “I was onstage one night, and I got so caught up in the story and the character that I forgot about the audience. For the first time, I was able to experience the true art of acting. After that, I was truly touched by every performance I saw. I was moved and motivated to do everything I could to live my dream.”

When she isn’t singing, dancing or acting, Eblen enjoys volunteering in the community. “It’s such a great way to connect, get to know people and give back,” she says. “I also love church activities because of my religious beliefs. Time spent with friends and family takes the cake as my favorite thing to do. Whether it’s just talking, watching a movie or playing board and card games, there’s nothing better than spending time with people you love.”

Drawn to the theater program, as well as the tradition and women’s college culture at Brenau, Eblen is excited for her four years at the university. A member of Tri Delta, she will continue her community service as the sorority raises money to support St. Jude Children’s Hospital. She also wants to utilize her theater skills to reach out to the local community and hopes one day to work for Deaf West, a company that puts both deaf and hearing actors onstage together to create a beautiful and inclusive art. Brenau is making it possible for her.

“I am incredibly thankful to Brenau University for this honor, as well as excited to be a part of the community service and culture here that I am able to be fully a part of and immerse myself in,” she says.

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