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(David M. Briggs)

DAVID M. BRIGGS

Hometown:
Colgate, WI

UW-L Major/Minor:
English: Rhetoric and Writing Major / Creative Writing Minor

Future Goals/Aspirations:
People ask me what I want to do with my life. I tell them, "Everything." Then they clarify and ask me what I want to do with my degree. I tell them, "Everything." Then they clarify further and ask me what I want to do as a career. I tell them, "Everything."

Favorite Activity/Hobby:
I love reading, I love watching movies, I love playing video games, I love writing, and I love talking about all four of those things to everybody. But I also really love playing music and singing, and that is what restores me after literally anything.

Words to Live By:
"The effect of words upon the condition of the soul is comparable to the power of drugs over the nature of bodies. For just as different drugs dispel different things from the body, and some bring an end to disease and others to life, so also in the case of words, some distress, others delight, some cause fear, others make the hearers bold, and some drug and bewitch the soul with a kind of evil persuasion."
-Gorgias, slightly paraphrased from "Encomium of Helen"

Favorite ATP Memory:
Every one of those times when we would nail something perfectly, like the first times we finally fit the Step together or after the performances, that feeling of just wanting to scream in triumph and hug and high five everyone. That's what I'll always remember.

When I think of Awareness through Performance, I think of...
Constantly improving, constantly working, knowing never to rest because the job will never be done, but also knowing to celebrate the victories along the way.

Involvement with ATP has had this impact on me:
It's taught me a lot about working with a group in so many different ways. I've never written with a group like this before, nor been so completely and yet collaboratively in control of things like this. It's so cool, and something I never thought I'd do.

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