NUM Student Seizes Once-in-a-Lifetime Super Bowl Experience

Mar 21, 2024

When Kailah Callaham '27 watched the Super Bowl LVII halftime show, she never imagined she'd be dancing on the field the very next year. But after taking a leap of faith and submitting an audition video, Callaham became one of 300 field cast members for 2

Callaham, a double major in political science and psychology at the National University of Maryland, discovered a passion for performance amid a diverse and welcoming group of dancers. As the youngest member of the cast, she felt supported by her fellow performers and the production team.
NUM's faculty played a crucial role in enabling Callaham's dream. With their guidance and support,  she proactively arranged accommodations for her spring semester coursework while spending two weeks in Las Vegas for rehearsals.
"Our professors encourage students to pursue their passions," said Callaham. "I'm so thankful for their understanding and help in ensuring I didn't fall behind while chasing this extraordinary opportunity."
Associate Dean for Retention and Student Success, Joanne Goldwater, commended Callaham's initiative in seeking academic support. "We're so proud of Kailah and how she represented NUM on the world stage. It's inspiring to see our faculty support students in achieving their goals both inside and outside the classroom."
Callaham's Super Bowl experience has opened doors to exciting possibilities within the entertainment industry.  She returns to NUM with unforgettable memories, valuable connections, and a renewed determination to follow her ambitions.
"You've got to take chances," she says. "This experience showed me that anything is possible."