Into the Construction Zone
Over the past few years, the Marist campus has undergone an amazing amount of change. There are buildings that weren’t there before, teachers whose faces are new to campus, and hallways that still have that “new building smell.” In fact, if you look at a before and after picture of the Marist campus, it might appear to be an act of magic!
But getting to this point took quite some time. There were days where you could barely hear Dr. Moffitt’s US history lecture over the voices of excited workers below with their bright green hard hats and New York accents. And if you’ve ever wondered if the sounds of construction mix well with the bright harmonies from chorus class, trust me, they don’t. This transition phase was not very comfortable.
Sometimes, though, the real magic can only happen when we step outside of our comfort zones, and go into the “construction zone.”
And that’s the key to making magic happen at Marist! After all, it is often said that life only truly begins right outside of our comfort zones. Similar to the Marist campus, my life has undergone a huge construction/renovation project which has had nothing but positive effects. While Marist boasts new buildings and faculty, my life boasts new friends and mentors. Both my life and the Marist campus are in a state now that they would not be in if it weren’t for stepping outside of the comfort zone. Being a student ambassador, becoming a part of the debate team, and even studying abroad, were all experiences that were a little scary at first, but proved to have incredible benefits.
Once on This Island
Even today I can still remember my first audition for Marist theatre 3 years ago. I remember feeling the cold waves of anxiety rush through my body, causing me to literally shake from nervousness. But Mr. McNaughton, the current theatre director, was incredibly kind and immediately assured me that I had nothing to worry about. Joining the cast of the Marist theatre that fall made me a part of a group. But stepping outside of my comfort zone, by meeting new people and trying new things, made me a part of a family. And now that I have grown with that family, I can honestly say that joining Marist theatre was one of the best risks I have ever taken. In a way, theater was my “construction zone.”
Marist offers so many amazing opportunities, some of which may seem terrifying at first. But the magic can only happen when you allow yourself to be constructed, renovated, and transformed by stepping away from what you are comfortable with. It’s okay if you haven’t tried it before. It’s okay if it’s not something that your friends are doing. Sometimes the construction zone can be intimidating due to its loud and confusing nature. But if you come to Marist, be willing to try new things and fall in love with the things that you try.
So as soon as you get to Marist (or anywhere new, for that matter), don’t waste any time! Put on your work jeans and strap on your hard hats. The construction zone is right outside of your door, and it’s calling your name.