Nick: Stepping Out of Your Comfort Zone

Hey guys! My name’s Nick, and I’m super stoked to be joining the COM Ambassador team. I’m a sophomore studying journalism, and have spent much of my time at BU on WTBU’s airwaves, working in Studio West to produce Offsides, a weekly sports talk show through BUTV10, and covering various teams as a beat writer for the Daily Free Press. But for my first post, I’d like to tackle a topic that’s near and dear to my heart: the stage.

College is absolutely a place to try new things and step out of your comfort zone, but it is also a space where you can return to old passions, even after some time, and be welcomed with open arms. I recently found this out firsthand after auditioning for BU On Broadway’s production of American Idiot.

I did theater in high school, but for one reason or another – maybe it was a fear that I wouldn’t fit in or worry that I couldn’t balance a show and schoolwork – I hadn’t tried out for a show at BU until this semester. We’re just over a week into the rehearsal process, and do I ever wish I jumped onto this team a long time ago.

BU On Broadway is one of the student-run theater groups on campus, and much like all the experiences I’ve had here, everyone is incredibly friendly. I have some friends in Stage Troupe as well, and they put on some amazing performances. Whether you’re a first time actor, simply a fan of theater, or a performer who is looking to make his or her return to the stage like myself, I would encourage you to check out one of these groups. If you’re not into the whole acting business, there is plenty to do behind the scenes as well, with stage-managing and tech opportunities (or just come out and support – these shows have both had me cackling to a point of exhaustion and on the brink of tears).

Much like the On Broadway group, there is something for everybody on BU’s campus. I encourage you to check out all there is to offer at BU – see what you like (box combo from Cane’s anyone??), see what you don’t (8 AMs…). One lesson I’ve learned through my first year and a half as a college student is not to hold back. If you want to try something out, go for it. You’re only in college once, and we’re in a pretty great spot. You name it, BU probably has it.

Don’t be afraid to sit next to that random person in the GSU and make a new friend. Or join that table-tennis club because you’ve always admired their intensity. Or try out for the new musical. BU’s campus is your oyster, now go out there and do.

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