Andrew Wilson

There is nothing in my life I am more grateful for than my parents. I hear certain friends of mine complain about their parents all the time and think to myself, "How are those feelings even possible?" My parents have affected me in ways that many times I don't even realize at first, but I know I will be forever grateful. For example, there is no better feeling in the world to me than to make people laugh. I enjoy it so much, in fact, that after I finished my freshman year of college at UGA last spring, I withdrew and drove to Los Angeles to take classes for improv comedy in Hollywood. My parents cut me off financially (due to their strong belief in the importance of a college degree) but gave me all their love and support as I pulled out of the driveway. Long story short, Los Angeles is a very expensive city, and my job in a warehouse assembling engine parts inspired me to give college another shot for the time being. I am glad for my three short months in LA, though, because it gave me confirmation in knowing what I want to try to do with my life. After my final improv class in late July, the group was sitting around talking about why each person liked improv and comedy and what their inspiration was. When it was my turn to speak, the only thing that came to mind was my parents. Growing up, I would make up stories and exaggerate events to no end if it meant seeing them laugh at the dinner table after their long days at work. They hated that I dropped out of school, but in a weird way it was all their fault, and I could not be more grateful for that.