Comedy at Dartmouth
I think each of us are hiding something. Not in that malicious, secretive way, but rather little passions that we've always wanted to try. You know? Like, things in which you had more than just a fleeting interest, but for whatever reason, never had the chance to try it out. For me, that's always been comedy. If you read over my intro post, you might remember that I self-identified myself as a "stand-up nerd." That's because I grew up watching a ton of it, which inevitably brings up the question of, "What if I tried it?" And not just stand-up comedy either. I meant, "What if I just tried comedy as a whole?" Comedy as an institution has always fascinated me, and I could go on and on about it, but that's neither here nor there. What's important is how Dartmouth has allowed me to explore this.
The best way to describe the two is that they're both just a ton of fun. Jacko's a space where I can try new things, and get genuine, honest critique on it. In an environment that is, objectively, very academically demanding, that freedom to explore and create with no judgement is just so refreshing. In fact, another of the bloggers, Jonathan Gliboff '20, is the president of it. Check his stuff out! But that's neither here nor there.
No. Probably not.
But that's not the important part. It's that I tried, and had fun doing so. Dartmouth for me has been a place to try new things that I could have never even imagined doing in high school. I'll improve over time, probably, but for the time being, I think I'll just have fun with it.
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