"Life Outside": or The Power of Positive Environment on Achieving Self-Concept Modification
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My internship in Stamford taught me what a self-concept is and how important it is (especially working ±n a theatre). My self-concept coming out of Kalamazoo was pretty low. What helped me in my S.I.P. was that I was brand new at the Hartman and could forget about Kalamazoo for awhile. This idealistic framework worked very well for me -- but not without its snags. Since no one knew me at the Hartman, my first impression was very important to me. I tried to project an image of someone who knew what he was doing, blessed with a liberal arts background. I came off as an over-achieving brown-noser. It took me a few days to realize that 1 ) nobody really likes an over-achieving brown-noser all the time, and 2) no one there knew about Kalamazoo College and its liberal arts policy - so, therefore, no one was impressed. In fact, nobody cared. They had no idea of where I was coming from or the implications of that environment.