Student of the Week
Ronnie, 16 from Burnt Oak, came to us in September from St. Michaels Catholic Grammar School and is studying psychology, sociology, english literature and theatre studies.
Even though Ronnie has only just begun A levels, she has a pretty good idea of where she wants to be in a couple of years...
"I love drama and want to go into theatre, in the West End hopefully. I'll study somewhere like the Guildhall School of Drama and Acting after Woodhouse."
And getting into character will not be a problem for Ronnie, as she already has an entire back catalogue...
"I'm really involved with cosplay ( from "costume play" - dressing up and pretending to be a fictional sci-fi, comic book, or anime character). I make a lot of my own costumes, do my own make up and style my own wigs. I've been dressing up as my favourite fictional characters for two years now and have made loads of new friends through events like "Comic Con" in London. It's such great fun and I can honestly say that it has really helped me to be a more confident person and improved my self esteem - as well as improving my skills in wig making. Cosplay is a big part of my life, a really big hobby, and a great community to be part of. I've met hundreds of people and everyone is so accepting.
I tend to play a lot of Disney characters. Recently I've been 'Jafar' from Aladdin,'Flynn' from Tangled and Jessica Rabbit. I've played 'Haku' from the anime 'Spirited Away' and here at college, for Halloween, I came as a humanised version of 'Scar' from the Lion King.
Costumes can take varying amounts of time to prepare depending on their complexity, I make most of my own props. I'm currently preparing for 'Hyper Japan' at end of the month (a big Japanese culture and film event) and my next big cosplay role will probably be 'Mulan' from the Disney movie of the same name - she was an important character in my childhood with a story that really resonated with me. I've done a few anime cosplay characters but now tend towards ones I grew up with and have a more personal connection to.
I also take part in the 'Zombie Walk' as part of the World Zombie Day UK group, in October. I've been for the last three years with my friend and it is such a bizarre, fun day. To see peoples reactions when about a thousand zombies shuffle down the street is just crazy and we raise a lot of money for the St Mungo's Charity which helps homeless people, which is cool.
Cosplay has opened up so many new opportunities for me. I've been photographed quite a bit and had parts in videos at events, and when I don't feel like dressing up I like to get behind the camera and do photo-shoots of my own. I have my own YouTube channel and Facebook page and have been making CMV's (cosplay music videos) with my friends. I even got some work experience as an assistant director on a YouTube SBOC Machinima show about games and TV. My make-up skills have become quite developed and I recently helped out on the Woodhouse Fair Trade stall, helping to raise money by doing costume make up for my fellow students.
A couple of months ago I helped out at an event for a charity called 'Ingenium'. It was an 'Alice in Wonderland'-themed family day for children with cerebral palsy, and I was the 'Mad Hatter'. It was a very new and quite humbling experience for me and made me both appreciate what I've got and understand the illness better. But it was also just nice to make people smile and that's one reason why I love cosplay, bringing to life peoples favourite characters they've grown up with is really special. And, becoming a well known character means I have to really practice my theatrical and acting skills - which helps my drama studies. I hope to help out at more events like this in the future.
At Woodhouse I've joined FemSoc (our feminist society) and also Spectrum (our LGBT society) as I'm part of that community. It's so great to be able to go somewhere that you can talk to people who have shared similar experiences and also help raise awareness of LGBT issues. I'm so pleased that my college leaders are open to the discussion and promotion of these issues (and even just mentioning them in articles like this). I'm quite androgynous in my look and the way I dress - when not in cosplay role. I do identify as non-binary, but personally I'm not overly bothered about pronouns - 'she' is fine with me - but I am very interested in promoting understanding of LGBT values and it's encouraging to know that our community has the full support of the college. It's not always like that in schools...
Last summer, I came to the introductory afternoon by myself, and was quite worried before I got here. But as soon as I stepped through the doors I felt welcomed. Student helpers created a nice, friendly atmosphere and everyone was so encouraging and appreciative of whatever fields you want to go into. The college offers so many opportunities to do different things, I love it here."
We are please to welcome you Ronnie, not just to Woodhouse but to our SOTW hall of fame too. We embrace character and diversity here (as well as academic ability) and are grateful that you have joined our community - we know you will add so much to it in the next two years.
When shall we have Woodhouse Zombie day?
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