Transfer Student Spotlight on Trystan Benson

Trystan Benson, National Transfer Student Week

UA Little Rock is highlighting some of its outstanding transfer students in celebration of National Transfer Student Week, Oct. 18-22.

Trystan Benson is a theatre arts major at UA Little Rock who transferred from UA-Pulaski Tech.

What is your hometown?

I am from Little Rock, AR.

Tell us about yourself.

I am a transfer student from the University of Arkansas-Pulaski Technical College. I have a passion for the Theatre Arts, and my ultimate goal in life is to gain as much knowledge as possible within this field so I can share with as many people as I can.

Why did you decide to transfer to UA Little Rock?

I transferred to the University of Arkansas at Little Rock because I really had no interest in moving far from home. Plus, my plan from high school was to get my prerequisites done at UA-PTC then transfer to UA Little Rock no matter what degree I chose.

What is your major, and what do you plan to do after graduation?

My major is a Bachelor’s degree in Theatre Arts, and my plan after I graduate is to work at a community theatre, the Argenta Community Theater.

What is special about being a transfer college student?

I think the most special thing about being a transfer student is the connections I have made throughout my experiences at both colleges.

Why did you choose UA Little Rock?

I honestly think UA Little Rock chose me. All of my most dearest friends from UA-PTC were transferring to UCA, and my heart was just not with that college. I had already been in contact with the former chair of our department Yslan Hicks and knew that this college was the environment I wanted to be in. I was extremely excited to start my new experience here.

What opportunities have you gotten through UA Little Rock that you might not have had otherwise?

I got an amazing opportunity to work on the Fringe Festival in Spring 2021. The Fringe Festival is a collection of student works performed by students and alumni; it is completely student driven. With this, I was able to direct a film which I had no previous experience doing, but I thought it was a great chance to learn. It was an amazingly enlightening opportunity, and I do not believe I would have gotten that chance without this wonderful department filled with the most compassionate people anyone will ever meet!

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