During summer orientation, I fell in love with an improv club. They performed a skit about sexual assault in college, and it was mind-blowing. I had never seen anything like it before…it was raw, emotional, and provocative. I wanted to see how I could get involved during my first year of college, so I signed up.
In college, I attended a variety of clubs, but the improv club was the only club that I loved. I don’t act, but the club isn’t solely a performance club. During meetings, we played games, ate food, had discussions about interpersonal violence…and unlike other clubs that I had attended, everyone in this club was welcoming and friendly.
For a class during my first semester, I interviewed the advisor of the club. Her experiences really resonated with me and made me realize that I could have a job in ending violence against women. Prior to talking with her, I didn’t even know there were jobs like that. She also made me want to pursue higher education after college.
Over the course of my first year of college, I’ve realized I have a passion for ending interpersonal violence. I’ve connected with the members of the club, I’ve connected with the advisor…I’ve participated in marches, protests, and rallies. I’ve helped put on productions, I’ve applied for other opportunities that deal with helping victims of sexual assault, I’ve written papers about it, and I now want to pursue higher education so I could have a more active role in instigating change. Reflecting on it now, I feel like I took an unconscious path to get to where I am now…I’ve fed these little sparks of interest and now they have become a fire of passion.
Two weeks ago, I found out that I got rejected from an opportunity that I really wanted. I was sad for awhile, but then the following day, I found out that I had gotten a position on the staff of the improv club. I cried a bit because this club has completely influenced who I am and it has shown me what I am passionate about…I want to help people and implement and change policies.
I feel like everything leading up to this has happened for a reason, but I didn’t realize it at the time. I’m really excited to see what else is in store for me.