Today was Career Day at my alma mater, Cardinal Spellman High School in the Bronx. The event happens every two years, where alumni come back to Spellman and set up tables to talk about whatever it is they do for a living, dispensing advice and stuff to the sophomores and juniors.
The day starts with some keynote speeches, and I was one of the speakers this year, talking about how being at Spellman made me into the person I am today. I was joined at the podium by MC Jim Joseph (who is a theatre manager on Broadway now, and with whom I performed in both West Side Story and Damn Yankees at Spellman), finance manager Erika Amoro, swimming pool management magnate Sean Johnson, and New Jersey’s current Secretary of State, Tahesha Way.
Fellow alum, current Spellman English teacher, and one of my oldest friends, John S. Drew, recorded the event, livestreaming it on Facebook. Here’s the video. (If you want to skip ahead to my bit, Jim introduces me at 43.20 and my speech starts at 46.50.)
It was tremendous fun, and I was mobbed by kids afterward who hit me with tons of questions. It was fantastic, and I had a wonderful time.
It was also exhausting, so I haven’t gotten much done today, beyond teaching my usual Friday night kids karate class. But before sleep tonight, there must be word count! *dives in*