• Tayler Boelk

    Tayler Boelk

    Class of 2017
    Duluth, MN

    Tayler's Bio:
    My name is Tayler and I was an English major/biology minor at the College of St. Scholastica! I have lived in Duluth all of my life so I know all the best local restaurants and hiking trails. On campus, I was involved with The Cable, Bella Voce, the Northstar Reports, the McNair Scholars Program, Student Support Services, and the English & Arts Club. Off campus, I volunteered with Mentor Duluth and enjoy throwing theme parties with friends and family.

  • Kathryn McCarrick

    Saint Paul, MN
    Elementary Education

    Laila Zemar

    Casablanca, Morocco
    Biochemistry, Biology and Pre-med

    Yael Ikoba-Ndjip

    Brussels, Belgium
    Accounting Major; Finance minor

    Shauney Moen

    Graduate Student
    Oak Grove, MN
    Doctorate of Physical Therapy

  • Neena Koslowski

    Apple Valley, MN

    Jason Chavez

    Minneapolis, MN
    Psychology, Organizational Behavior, and Social Work

    Bryan Chavez

    Richfield, MN
    Accounting and Finance

    Brooke Elvehjem

    Mora, MN

  • Malvern Madondo

    Harare, Zimbabwe
    Mathematics & Computer Science

    Shivani Singh

    Mumbai, India
    Management & Marketing

    Jin Baek

    Aurora, CO
    Biology and Chemistry (Pre-Med)

    Takudzwa Munjanja

    Gweru, Zimbabwe
    Health Information Management, CIS minor

  • Conrado Eiroa Solans

    Madrid, Spain
    Psychology Major, Biology minor

    Laura Salazar

    Bogotá, Colombia
    Marketing and Business Management

    Daniela Moreno Gomez

    San Salvador, El Salvador
    Computer Information Systems and Finance

    Katelyn Gehling

    East Bethel, MN
    Exercise Physiology for Pre-Physical Therapy

  • Halle Nystrom

    Graduate Student
    Fargo, ND
    M.S. Health Information Management

The Comfort Zone

I have always been a pretty outgoing person but occasionally I surprise myself with my ability to put myself on the spot. When I jumped up to be the first volunteer at my very first improv class with Merry Vaughn, I was terrified. And yet, I couldn’t stop smiling either.

It is difficult to put yourself on the spot, knowing that people are watching you, judging you, and comparing you to other performers. My hands still shake when I audition for a solo in choir, even though I have been performing them for nine years, and I still have to write “slow down” on my papers when I give a speech or presentation. Even though it can be uncomfortable and occasionally brings on panic, I think everyone should step out of their comfort zone and let themselves be put on the spot. The more you do it, the more comfortable you become. When you’re relaxed your audience can tell and they will be more receptive to your performance. The more practice you have, the more confidence you will gain. Then, when things in your life come up like needing to give a speech on the fly because the printer is broken, or being interviewed for live television (yes, both happened to me during my time at CSS), you can handle the extra pressure.

Sign up for an improv class. Audition for the solo. Jump into the dance circle and bust a move. Read your poetry at the next open mic night. Buy that funky sweater you’ve had your eye on and rock it on instagram. Raise your hand when you know the answer to a question. Raise your hand if you don’t know the answer. Get out of your comfort zone and try something new. The benefits far outweigh the risk.

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