Advice to Your Younger Self: Reflections from the All-Girl Improv Team from R.E. Mountain
July 16, 2019
What would you tell your younger self? We asked the senior girls improv team from R.E. Mountain Secondary School this question after having celebrated a year of successes. This year the team made up of three former grade 12 and three former grade 11 students won the provincial improv championships, helping them advance to the nationals in Ottawa in April. The all-girl team placed 4th overall making their school and District proud. The team’s achievements is a true example of girl power which we wanted to highlight and share so that others can follow in their footsteps.
What would you tell yourself as an elementary school student?
To join drama, I’m glad I did that! I think it would be ‘to get out of my head’, love the people that are around me. Be confident, don’t worry about what I look like, and what people think of me. Now that I’m here and I have my girls that surround me, there’s so much more important things than materialistic stuff.
I would tell myself to be comfortable with stepping outside of my comfort zone because that’s the only time that you’re able to actually shine and show who you really are.
Be more confident. Be more outgoing. I used to be really shy when I was younger. I didn’t really talk to anyone, so kind of open up and interact with others, and know that cool things are coming.
Don’t worry so much about what other people think of you because in the future there will be people who really love whatever you do and support you. If you do what you do and you love it, you’ll find other people who love it too!
Not my elementary school self because I feel like elementary school was a ‘blast and a half’ for me. But when I got to high school, I would tell myself to have more fun, especially with improv. I’m a very technical person and very structured when it comes to improv. I focus more on the structure and the technical stuff and I wish I could let go more. I’m better now. But looking back at grade 9, I wish I could tell myself to have more fun with it!
I would say stop trying to be someone else. Stop trying to please people because I’m definitely a ‘people pleaser’ and that sucks the life out of you and you’re just not who you really are. I think I’d tell younger Emily, to be you and embrace that!
We appreciate these words of wisdom and look forward to seeing next year’s senior improv teams in action. To read more about this year’s improv accomplishments go here.