Or, How to Become Who You Already Are.
By Annissa Omran (Writer/College Student)
Begin at age seventeen because you need volunteer hours for school and you're sick of listening to cast albums and never understanding what is going on. When all your friends are going to orientations for hospital volunteer jobs, go to the suit shop and hand the man at the counter the voucher the theater had given you for a tuxedo shirt. Put on your bow tie for the first time and suffer deja vu that brings you back to eighth grade band and the horrible uniform that perfectly matched your frizzy hair and braces. Look in the mirror at the bow tie now. Acknowledge that, without the frizz and braces, you can totally pull off this new look.
Go to your first shift at the theater on a Friday night. It's "Hair," a show you've always loved but only seen in movie form. Get to your assigned post in the lower left orchestra and meet your team. They will all be older than fifty and they will all ask you if you're there because you want to be an actress when you grow up. Tell them you don't. Tell them you want to be a biochemist or a doctor. That's why you're taking every hard science class your high school offers. Don't say you really want to be anything but a biochemist or a doctor. You won't really know that for another two years.