It’s 7:25 on a Friday night ... the opening night of my high school’s musical. The cast and crew are in a circle holding hands. Our director begins to speak and everyone’s energy level spikes. After pepping us up, she whispers a question, “What time is it?”
We respond, “Showtime.”
“What time is it?” she asks again.
“Showtime,” we reply.
Finally, she screams, “What time is it?”
We scream, “Showtime!” and the sound reverberates against the walls.
The only thought that crosses my mind in this circle has to do with my passion. Passion is the driving force behind every part of my life. I have passion for my friends and family, for serving and helping others, for learning and knowledge, but the area of my life I am most passionate about is theater. Theater excites me. I am now the best technician at my school because of all the hard work I do, usually as either the stage manager or light chair. Every week, especially before a performance, I work 15 to 20 hours. Theater is the one thing right now that challenges me, which is why I am more passionate about it even than school. I want to be challenged in school like I am in theater. I used to wake up every morning and wonder, What new and great things am I going to learn today? Now instead of being excited about school, I am challenged by what new set pieces I will build or what will happen at rehearsal.
One of the main reasons I am not excited by school is I’m bored with the pace of classes. I learn faster and easier than almost everyone but instead of just tuning everything out, I keep interested by helping others learn the material. I have discovered I am good at finding little tricks to explain something so classmates will understand what the teacher is talking about. I would like to be more challenged in school, which is why I am excited to go to college. I want to go to MIT because I know that your university will challenge me. I believe that at MIT my passion for learning will once again equal my passion for theater or even surpass it. I want this to happen because I love to learn.
This piece has been published in Teen Ink’s monthly print magazine.