Name, Hometown, School: Chris Silverberg, Dallas, Texas, Columbia College.
Claim to fame? Lots of theater and singing on campus, much of it with KCST, The Varsity Show (acted in 117, directed V119), and Nonsequitur. Showing up 10 minutes late to meetings, rehearsals, etc. Skipping whatever it was you asked me to do to do VShow instead. Clogging your news feed with the Chris Silverberg All-Nighter Liveblog™. All that said, at heart, I’m just a Barnard Boy.
Where are you going? Home to Dallas for a while, then back to NYC for a while (depending on how bearable/unbearable I find Texas), then off to England for two years to teach a British boys’ boarding school. I’m practicing my Robin Williams/Sidney Poitier impression right now.
Three things you learned at Columbia:
- The Circle of Admiration. No matter who you are at Columbia, there is someone that you admire, about whom you think, “wow, I would be so much better/happier/cooler/more interesting/more accomplished/more whatever if I were like that person.” But what you don’t realize is that there is someone that person says the same thing about. And there is someone saying that same thing about you. And so we’re all in a huge circle of inadequacy/admiration, but remembering that we’re all in it together sometimes helps. (By the way, someone once told me that would make for a pretty awesome vshow number. You’re welcome, 120).
- Every experience is a resource, including college/Columbia as a whole, and it’s your right and privilege to take from that resource what you want/need/can gain from it, so long as you aren’t hurting anyone as you do so. At a certain point, I figured out that what I needed from Columbia wasn’t really the intellectual stimulation I got from classes during my first two or three years, and what I needed was to learn how to interact with people better, how to lead people, etc. So I stopped going to class and started directing plays. (Disclaimer for future employers: I mean, I still went to class… sometimes). But I wasted a lot of time feeling bad about that—thank God for the friends who helped me figure it all out.
- People are really great, and at the end of they day other people are what counts and basically nothing else does, so make sure you put the people around you first and it’ll be hard to screw up too bad.