Sewell makes strong first impressions at FAMU

Transfer student Abigail Sewell. Photo courtesy: Sewell

Abigail Sewell, a second-year theater major at Florida A&M University, is starting off on the right foot on campus.

Sewell transferred to FAMU this semester from Miami Dade College, where she obtained her associate degree in December.

Hailing from Miami, Sewell is a full-time student who wants to engage in theater in a meaningful way.

She recently was crowned Miss Delta Iota for the Delta Iota chapter of Kappa Kappa Psi band fraternity while also stage managing for Essential Theatre’s production of “A Cool Drink of Water.”

“I love performing,” Sewell said. “I want to dabble in all types of performances. That is one of the reasons why I participated in a pageant. I also wanted to get out of my comfort zone and branch out into something new.”

Exposing herself to what the campus has to offer has also exposed Sewell to new people.

Michael Royals thinks Sewell is tapping into new talents.

“I love that she’s taking on the challenge of exploring our illustrious campus and I feel like the sky’s the limit on her journey,” Royals said.

It is inspiring how Sewell is able to accomplish and gain these accolades in her first semester at FAMU. She admits that she was nervous coming to FAMU.

“This is my first-time leaving home. I’m truly on my own and it can be nerve wracking at points, but this is how I start my new chapter,” Sewell said.

Jenesis Miller, a senior psychology student from Tampa, admires Sewell’s creative process.

“Abigail is one of the most talented people I know on campus, her knowledge of performing always amazes me,” Miller said. “She understands not only the performing aspects but the technical aspects in a way that I wish I could.”

“Being an artist myself and watching her perform taught me to open up more to my audience and really engage them. She just has so much to offer to the world, I just can’t wait to see her light shine through,” Miller added.

Overcoming her fears and giving FAMU a taste of what she can do, Sewell is on the rise with no signs of regression in sight.

“Leaving my mark on campus is a really big goal,” she said. “”I’m unsure of what’s next but hopefully I can be cast in a lead role for an Essential Theatre production.”