That’s right, people, I am officially a TV star. I now join the ranks of Jerry Seinfeld, Gary Colman, and Homer Simpson. This past weekend, I was on MTV (don’t worry, it wasn’t on “16 And Pregnant”). How did I get my big break? Funny you should ask. Here is the story of my rise to stardom.
A friend of mine who I did a summer program at NYU with a few summers ago came in to visit from Michigan, and we decided to meet up with a few other friends of ours in New York City. We did some exploring, went on the ferris wheel in Toys-R-Us, got some chocolate at the Hershey’s store, and I got a baller M&M’s tie at the M&M’s store. As we walked through Time Square, a young woman came up to us holding orange wristbands and asked if we wanted to be on MTV. Obviously, we accepted. She gave each of us a wristband and directed us to the building where everything was going on. When we went in, they took/searched out bags and had us go through metal detectors (this is the point where they confiscated my Swiss Army Knife, which I never got back). We were told we were going to be a part of the live studio audience for the show “The Seven”, which was filmed in the same room that TRL used to be in. ”The Seven” is a news show where the top 7 entertainment stories are presented in front of a live studio audience. Unfortunately, that day there were no celeb guests (I had my fingers crossed for Justin Beiber), but it was still pretty cool being in the studio.
Before they made us leave our cellphones, I texted my parents to have them TIVO it so I could re live my fame over and over again. As it turns out, I was ACTUALLY ON MTV!!! In the beginning you can see about half of my body, and for about 3 seconds 2/3 of the way into the show, I am clearly visible in a pan of the audience. Epic? I think yes.
So what does this have to do with anything? Its simple. Be spontaneous. Don’t think you need a plan, you never know what kind of plans your plans can get in the way of. Our plan for New York? Go to New York. Come back home eventually. So whether it’s walking around in New York City or a weekend at school, don’t think you need to have your life needs to be perfectly planned out. The best things can happen spontaneously and without warning. If an opportunity presents itself, take it. Take it and enjoy it. When you come to college, one of the best things you’ll find is the lack of plans. Want to hang out with someone? Go down the hall and knock on their door, see if they’re in. If not, go find someone else. That’s how it works, no need to plan out who you’ll see and what you’ll be doing. And that is probably the best part about coming to college and meeting new people: you never know who will show up and what you’ll do.
Thanks for reading, hope you enjoyed. I’ll be signing autographs next year, so come find me if you want one!
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