I realize that especially during the summer months, students and families are traveling the college circuit, touring 15 colleges in 5 days. I further realize that most information sessions sound the same but I do my best to add a bit of levity and laughter to my information sessions by using well-time and well-placed jokes or one-liners. Albeit I’m no stand-up comic but I think my jokes are funny. Nothing gets me down more than when I begin my information session with energy to spare and I tell my first joke and you can then hear a pin drop. The audience just stares at me with sleepy eyes and blank faces. Sometimes even when I greet the audience with a thundering “Good morning” or “Good afternoon” I get zero response. It’s hard for me to be on my A-game if the audience isn’t even in the game. Please, respond to me with a cursory greeting and please, laugh at my jokes. After all, they’re for your viewing pleasure!
– Wendy Livingston