Risk Averse, But…

Describe a risk you took that you do not regret.

I saw a statistic about how many people in the US never leave where they are born or grow up, or are close by. I think it’s funny when people ask me where I’m from, and I say Pennsylvania, because here I am in Pennsylvania. But, I quickly add, “I’m not from around here.”

Of course I mean I’m from 3.5 hours east, in South Central Pennsylvania. But that obscures the fact that, in 1985, I decided to switch coasts and move to the San Francisco Bay Area (specifically Berkeley) to attend grad school.

It’s not like I never wandered from home. Sure, I started college at a local campus, but then transferred to the big city of Philadelphia. And then, for grad school auditions, I ranged from New Haven, CT to Pittsburgh, PA and beyond, settling in Columbus, OH for my master’s.

But traveling cross country, not knowing anyone, for a program I’d read about but not visited? That was a bit risky. Even more so when some members of the faculty decided I wasn’t Berkeley Department of Dramatic Art material. But I risked it; I stayed with it, and as I have noted before, a worked of opportunities opened up for me with the doctorate from UCB. So I will never regret that.

What’s your risky story that you don’t regret? Let me know in the comments, and please like and follow!

Published by stephenschrum

Associate Professor of Theatre Arts; interested in virtual worlds, playwrighting, and filmmaking. Now creating a podcast called "Audio Chimera."

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