Of the eight schools Senior Bri Tobin has applied to, five (so far) have accepted her and three of those have offered academic scholarships.
“People always ask me how I balance everything…to be honest, I have no idea," she said. "I guess when you really enjoy what you are doing, it’s not much of a chore and when you see your work paying off - it’s totally worth it.
"I am very thankful to have two choices that I really like for school."
Bri currently rocks a weighted 4.3 GPA at MCHS where she is a member of the Varsity Madrigals, Essence Jazz Vocal Group, Thespian Society and International Club, where students partake in activities that foster cultural understandings of their peers around the globe.
Throughout her high school career, Tobin and has been involved in theatrical productions including, "Beauty and the Beast," "You Can’t Take it With You" and most recently MCHS’s Performance of "Fiddler on the Roof."
Outside of school, Tobin takes vocal lessons, dance lessons, has performed with the Joliet Drama Guild and has even done some volunteer work at the Square Theater.
Regardless of where she lands for college, she is certain that she wants to major in musical theater.
“It is my passion," she said. "I grew up listening to "Phantom" and "Le Mis" and by the time I hit junior high I knew a lot of the music already.
"In high school, it was interesting to be a part of a group where other people like that stuff too."
Tobin knows that majoring in her passion will not only be fun, but also hard work.
“Musical theater especially involves a lot more commitment than people realize," she said. "If you really put yourself into it, it is definitely rewarding and worth all of the hard work."
Tobin said she is excited to learn more about several aspects of theatrical production including design, directing and management.
Aside from music and theatrical performance, Tobin enjoys arts and humanities classes, especially Spanish and history the most.
“I love history so much that I considered majoring in anthropology, and then I thought that that might be an even less useful degree than Theater,” Tobin said. “I don’t think I will ever stop being a history nerd – I hope to study in London or anywhere else abroad because I love traveling. I love experiencing other cultures, learning new languages and trying new foods… I don’t like being in one place for long – which is why I can’t wait to go to college."
Right now Tobin is deciding between University of Southern California and Columbia; she will be traveling to Paris for the second time over the summer as a graduation gift from her family.