One of the graduation requirements at my high school was to write and deliver a speech, a tradition that had turned into the “Hemenway competition” by the time I was a senior. I wrote a somewhat self-deprecating account of being rejected for the Boston-based PBS children’s show ZOOM! and found myself advancing until I was awarded the 2005 Hemenway Prize for Speaking at graduation. (Please see the included DVD for my repeat performance of this piece at the 2006 Wellesley Crew Spring Training Talent Show). It turned out this was somewhat of a unique opportunity, and I spent my college years finding other ways to release my creative energy, including fiction writing classes, dramatic productions, and, surprisingly, Facebook. I loved the ability to look at every day situations and find the most concise, humorous way to share them with my loved ones. Moving 3,000 miles away from most of my friends and family after I graduated from college gave me a little more incentive to make sure my Facebook updates provided a valuable connection to those back home. Apparently, this extra effort that went into documenting my adventures did not go unnoticed. For the past two years, every time I meet up with a friend from high school or college, my “winning” Facebook posts get mentioned. However, this has been the only outlet for creativity I’ve had during this time.
And yes. I was that student who included a DVD with my scholarship application.