Adieu, Columbia...

It's been a crazy couple of weeks since, but on May 20th I graduated from Columbia University's School of the Arts with a Master of Fine Arts degree. Here's some selfie evidence of me in Columbia Blue:

 

The slight look of terror in my eyes is the realization that my student loans are about to become all too real.

The slight look of terror in my eyes is the realization that my student loans are about to become all too real.


When I was a teenager, I dreamed of going to Columbia: getting an education at one of the world's top universities -- in New York City, no less -- was the path I imagined for myself. Instead, I got rejected from Columbia (and several conservatory programs) and wound up at a very different school getting a very different kind of education, something I'm very thankful for. When I was about to graduate from college and had decided that an MFA was my next step, I was excited by the fact that Columbia's program seemed like the perfect fit for me. I applied to a few schools, including Columbia, and got rejected once again. Once again, though, it was a stroke of good fortune: I got to move into Boston proper for the first time in my life, reconnecting with my city and getting to get to know myself better as an artist and a person. I wouldn't trade that year for anything. When it came time to reapply to schools, Columbia was once again on my list, now firmly at the top, and this time I got in. It was the best thing that's ever happened to me as an actor, and it would take a lot more time and space than I have here to elucidate just how much it's meant to me over the last three years to be a part of this family.

So I wound up where I wanted to go, just not the way I thought I would get there, and in a position a thousand times better than the one I dreamed at first. And the experience of dusting off and trying again was in many ways the most important one of all, and I treasure it as much as I treasure the things I've learned from my amazing teachers and classmates..An artist needs to be able to take a few punches from the world, and I'm glad that was a part of my educational journey.

So thank you, Columbia, for being three years of heaven (and hell) and for this feeling of preparedness I have as I take the next step.