Last Call: Sami Horneff

As the semester progresses at the speed of light, the senior class is beginning to make peace with that fateful day in May: Commencement. Until the class of 2012 up and leaves us, BlogDH wants to highlight all the interesting things the class has been up to. To this end, we are (re)starting a series, Last Call, featuring seniors reflecting on their experiences at Brown. Each featured senior will tag another senior for the next installment. Find this year’s other “Last Call” chain here.

Then + Now

People might know me as…The short Chattertock or that musical theatre girl who was in Spring Awakening

Chelsea’s QuestionWhat was the most rewarding part of Spring Awakening this semester? The fact that it actually happened! It started as this crazy idea, and we had no idea if it would materialize or not. There were so many times along the way I wanted to give up and cancel the whole thing, but the cast and crew really persevered. Doing Spring Awakening taught me that with a little dedication and positive energy, you can really accomplish anything.

Chelsea’s (2nd) Question: Literally, what was the best day of your life ever? Chelsea asked this question because I’m one of those people who will consistently claim that something is “the best thing that ever happened to me” or that it is “the best day of my life.” Hyperbolic as it may be, it usually does feel that way at the time! After thinking long and hard, I’ve decided that the literal best day of my life ever was probably one of the days I spent on vacation in Paris while I was studying abroad in London. It started with beautiful April weather, pain au chocolat, and a picnic in the Tuileries Garden and ended with museums and a trip to the top of the Arc de Triomphe. Although this was a wonderful day, I’d like to think that the real ‘best day of my life ever’ hasn’t happened yet (unless you count the day I sang the bungins)!

Tell us about your time recording music for Kidz Bop…I spent most of Middle School and the first few years of High School recording in the studio for Kidz Bop. I ended up singing on seven Kidz Bop CDs, including 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, Halloween, and Latin (I know…Latin). It was actually a really cool experience. I was working with a lot of the kids who were either currently on Broadway or had been on Broadway in the past. I sadly got fired from the job by the time I was 15 because I sounded too old, but I’ve still retained my “Kidz Bop Shout” and will sometimes insert it into particularly energetic Chattertocks arrangements.

What’s your favorite part about being in the Chattertocks? Being a member of the Chattertocks family. Since Freshman year, I have been so lucky to get to know the incredible girls that are a part of the group. I’ve never met a group of girls that is so supportive of one another. Despite our varied interests, we get along fantastically. As we are celebrating our 60thanniversary this year, we also have a long legacy and an amazing network of alumnae. I know that even when I graduate, I’ll always be a Chattertock.

What is your favorite musical? Spring Awakening. That’s an easy one. I love serious musicals because they prove that musical theatre is an important and deep art form that really has something to say.

What was your favorite show that you produced as part of Musical Forum?  Although it’s more challenging, I love producing shows that I’m also performing in. The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee was a fun show to work on. Sadly, I missed producing RENT because I was abroad, but I’d imagine that, given the incredible reception we got across campus, that would have been an amazing project to be a part of as well.

On a Friday night, you might find yourself…In one my best friends’ houses, screaming song lyrics at the top of our lungs and likely dancing on the counter. Oh wait, that was a Sunday morning…

In my time at Brown I am most proud of…What I accomplished this semester with Spring Awakening. Doing this show taught me that I can achieve anything I set my mind to. With graduation approaching, figuring this out couldn’t have come at a better time. On a different level, I am also incredibly proud of making such a wonderful group of friends. They’ve allowed me to stay true to myself while supporting me endlessly in everything I do.

The best class/professor at Brown is…It’s cliché, but I honestly believe Persuasive Communication taught by Barbara Tannenbaum is the best class at Brown. Barbara is the most inspiring teacher I’ve ever had. She is unwavering in her commitment to her students and consistently opens her heart (and even her home!) to the members of her class. All non-seniors: send in an application for TA22! You will absolutely not regret it.

Three things you wish you knew freshman year…1.It’s ok to be alone sometimes. 2. You really don’t have to do all of your assigned reading. 3. Thursday morning classes are not a good idea.

Ratty vs Vdub…Ratty, hands down. My dad’s goal is to get me to guest swipe him in before I graduate.

3 Things you wish you had done…1.  Gone to Sex Power God. 2. Checked out the Ladd Observatory. 3.  Walked into the dining hall by myself and find someone to sit with. I’ve always been too scared to do that, but I wish I had.

After graduation, you plan to…Move back to New York and pursue an acting career. If that doesn’t work, I want to try my hand at event planning.

Who are you tagging next? Caitlin Conn. Caitlin was my freshman roommate and is one of the most amazing people I know. She is a stellar athlete, businesswoman, student, and friend. I am incredibly lucky to have been randomly placed with her in a Littlefield double in 2008. She has grown so much over the past four years and has done some pretty badass things in her time at Brown. I can’t wait to watch her shine in her job at Google in NYC and beyond!

Next Up: Caitlin Conn
Sami’s Question: If you could design a “Caitlin Theme” for the Google homepage logo, what would it look like? Also, can you please share your cookie recipe with us??

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