Brown University: “We all live within communities or groups of various sizes, origins, and purposes; pick one and tell us why it’s important to you, and how it has shaped you.”
Written by Henry Ballesteros (2013)
Every high school has them: they’re outrageous, outgoing, and (mostly) down to earth. They’re not afraid to embarrass themselves. They will stage a battle in the cafeteria, using plastic forks as swords, for no apparent reason. Some of them really like calculus. Most of them hate calculus. They are an odd bunch to say the least, but these theater kids make up one of my most beloved communities. To start, they are welcoming. The theater seniors do not intimidate freshman, rather they open up their big adult arms for the newcomers. In addition, theater kids demonstrate true individuality. It’s so easy to get bogged down with social uniformities in a high school. But young actors and actresses relish in their resistance to these norms; they purposely strive to discover their genuine identities. All of that which I just described I have myself become. Thanks to the theatrical community, I warmly welcome newcomers into my life and I frequently endeavor to find my own singularity.
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