Well to start off, the trip to the Dallas Comedy House was an eye-opening experience. Being a member of Cricket City Improv at Texas A&M University-Commerce, taking the opportunity to spend the day with professional improvisers was an opportunity that could not be over-looked. To see firsthand how improv can work as a vehicle to develop leadership skills is something that reinforced my love for it. Improv is all about living in that moment and accepting the circumstances that are given and building upon that; it’s what leaders do. One exercise that I particularly liked was being a master of whatever subject was given. Learning how to own whatever situation is definitely a great way in building that confidence that is necessary not only a position of leadership but all aspects of life, doing everything with a purpose. After that exercise, the trip only got better.
The performance. Now I can’t think of a time where I was able to see something that means so much to me done live. It’s almost like watching giants. Imagine you’ve been playing football and being invited down by professionals to really show you how it’s done. That’s what it was like; only better. Better because not only do you watch the performance, they offer you a chance to do it with them. Suddenly, you find yourself tasting what it’s like to have your career be something you love. It’s an addictive taste that motivates me to make that dream into a reality. After being chosen from the audience to play a game with them, it came so effortlessly. The game was in progress and it eventually was my turn to speak: without thinking, I responded (I can’t remember the specific details) and not only did the audience laugh, the performers laughed as well. It definitely was validating!
Then we ate! I like to try foods I haven’t tasted before. To cap off the night, we went down the street to Twisted Root. It is a restaurant that I’ve only recently learned about from a very good friend. I ordered a burger, but not just an ordinary burger… a bison burger. I’ve never had a bison burger before. Now I want them all the time (nothing like good food). So if you are ever looking for a good time, let me make a suggestion: grab some friends, watch a performance at the Dallas Comedy House, have a good time and then go ahead and grab a bite to eat at Twisted Root.
Brennan Jones firstname.lastname@example.org Junior – Texas A&M University Commerce