At the beginning of last year, I decided to audition for the improv group on campus, Rejects on the Rise. I thought that it would be a fun way to get involved, but I never realized just how great it would be. Before I go into detail about how much I love being in Rejects, I want to use this as a piece of advice. When I found out that I had gotten into the group, I wondered why I had never auditioned for it before. I thought that maybe if I had joined freshman year, I would have had a different experience. Looking back, though, I’m not sure if I would have even made it freshman year because I wasn’t confident enough in myself yet to go out there and be fearless. I know that when you go to college, everyone tells you to get involved immediately, and I do agree with that point; getting involved definitely helps to ease the adjustment process. But if you find that you’re halfway into your freshman year or even your sophomore year and you haven’t gotten involved just, don’t worry about it. There is always more time to get out there and do something, and my auditioning for Rejects proves that.
We play games and we make you laugh. It’s actually such a fun way to release my stress and my energy and relax. I love to make people laugh, so performing with Rejects in the Blackbox Theater in Smith Center on lower campus is almost always what I need to raise my spirits. I’ve made a lot of great friends through Rejects, and I feel so good when we’re performing and we get a good laugh from the crowd. I’m even the secretary this year! Yeah, that’s a cool thing. We all get a name, and there is just a lot of fun to be had with us. I know that improv comedy isn’t for everyone, but if you ever have the opportunity while at PC to audition for Rejects or even to do something remotely out of your comfort zone that you’ve always wanted to do, I would suggest it. Or even just do something that sounds like fun. It’s so important to make the most of your time here, and as I said above, I understand that it’s not always easy to get involved in the beginning, so don’t fret if you do find yourself in that situation. There is always, always, always something for you to do and it’s never too late to do it. Here is a list of the clubs and organizations on campus. Even if you’re not here yet or you haven’t yet made your decision, check them out. Sometimes all it takes is one little thing to sway your decision.