by Ad 2 Tampa Bay | April 21, 2015
Something that I hated about being in college was everyone giving me advice about things to do while in school and tips about what would happen after school. While at the time it was annoying to listen to everyone and their tips, some of the things people said really stuck and seem to have to come to fruition. One of the best tips I ever received was to take advantage of as many opportunities as possible. No matter how boring or menial it sounds in the beginning, you never really know what you may learn or what opportunities you may be awarded from stepping beyond your comfort zone.
One of the most exciting/difficult opportunities I was offered was to volunteer with media services and set up the stage audio and lighting for a concert on campus. I had to be on-site at 5AM and would have to be available until 3AM the following day. While my main concerns were the lack of sleep, abundance of homework, and still preparing for finals, I knew that working with a concert would be an opportunity that would not happen very frequently.
Long story short, I spent all morning setting up lighting, fences, and audio. The afternoon was spent listening to the band doing sound checks. The evening was full of listening to one of my favorite music artists from inside of the crowd barrier, taking the best pictures and singing right along with every lyric. The night was spent breaking down all of the audio, sound, and lighting. By the time I got back to my bed, I was completely exhausted, but I had a blast, met some really cool people, and made memories that I will never forget. If I had let my desire to get rest trump my desire to experience new things, I would not have learned what I did. Think twice before giving up on an opportunity. Jump out of your comfort zone. Create memories. Experience things you never thought about, it will be worth it.
Chris Butler | Communications Director