Amelia Figg-Franzoi is a Marquette University education student who is using her talents in extraordinary ways. As a senior majoring in Theater and Education, she spends her days studying and going to class like any other student. However, she spends her free-time enacting the role of the Countess of Rothes for the Milwaukee Public Museum's show "Titanic: The Artifact Exhibit". Bringing the exhibit to life is just another way that Amelia connects her education to real life experience.
"I'm learning through the Titanic exhibit how to get the kids out of their shells to engage and learn new things," Amelia says, " This experience has helped me prepare for a classroom setting."
Although Amelia makes her work at the exhibit look easy, she admits that it can be a pretty challenging job.
"I've taught in classrooms before, but pretending to be someone else with a british accent in the Edwardian era while giving information to "passengers" and keeping the children engaged is hard." Amelia confesses. "It's fun, but afterward, all I want to do is curl up on my couch and check-out. It's the stories you come away with that make your whole experience come to life, waltzing with children... talking to a five-year-old pretending to be 50 and the father of his seven-year-old brother, who has the boarding pass of a 23 year old. Most of the time I can't stop laughing because of some of the things that go on in my room. It's crazy."
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