Day 25: Something someone told you about yourself that you'll never forget.
After my fellow seniors and I spent a few hours rehearsing our audition monologues for one last time, our drama teacher sat us down in the auditorium to discuss the logistics of the following day and what we should expect on our trip to the Big Apple. This was going to be my first trip to NYC -a place I'd dreamed of visiting since I was in elementary school- and this was my one opportunity to get into college. I had no other auditions arranged outside of this trip so if none of the schools wanted me, I was screwed. You can imagine what my nerves were like at this point. And for some reason my drama teacher chose that moment as the best time to tell me that, according to him, I'm "average height, average weight, average coloring. There's nothing special about you so those monologues better be damn good if you expect to get in anywhere."
Well, that did nothing to calm my nerves. And that hurtful (and in no way supportive or helpful) comment has stuck with me all this time, even 13 years later. It was humiliating, insulting, and just flat out rude. Funny how something that seems so insignificant to the speaker can have such a long-lasting effect on the listener. If nothing else it taught me to be kind with my words. I only wish someone else had learned that lesson, too, before he became a teacher.