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Chris Calamari, The Comeback Kid

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Chris loves to play his guitar any time he gets the chance.

Chris loves to play his guitar any time he gets the chance.

Chris loves to play his guitar any time he gets the chance.

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If you could describe yourself in three words, what would they be? For BMC senior Chris Calamia, his words would be musician, lifeguard, and Southern Californian Native. He spent this past summer almost dying, hanging out with friends, and working- a lot; but he isn’t upset about it.

“I do make bank…I got a couple raises because I work so early,” says Calamia.

Chris explained how he worked from four in the morning until noon practically every day. If that doesn’t scream dedication, I don’t know what does. When it comes to the dying part, a couple months back, Calamia got into a dangerous car crash that landed him in bed, in a neck brace, and recovering for about a month. You could definitely say that he had a very interesting summer, but his life has more or less always been this interesting.

“I find myself living with others, you know? Like, if I lived for myself, I’d be too caught up in myself, so when I dedicate my time to focus on other people, I end up going on a kind of adventure. When you invest yourself in others, you can go to places unimaginable. In May, a group of friends made a parking lot at Brookwood one of my favorite places in the world,” says Calamia.

Born in Santa Monica, CA, Chris grew up going to Catholic school.

“I went to Catholic school in California and here [Greenville, SC], but in California we had nuns and that was an experience,” says Calamia.

Around this time, Chris was learning how to play the guitar and violin. Eventually, he would come to play those and two others: the bass guitar and sitar.

“I always find myself associating music with memories…all of the people that I met in Los Angeles, Oakland each are kind of assigned to songs that I used to listen to in the car with my mom. It helped me cope with leaving friends because they felt a little closer with every song,” says Calamia.

Chris expresses how music helped him manage to live in new places. Despite moving to multiple different cities, when Chris was in middle school, he moved with his parents and two brothers to Greenville and has stayed ever since; however his heart has always been in California. He knows he wants to attend the University of Southern California in LA.

“…I know I belong there [USC]…” states Calamia.

Though he is putting in the work at BMC, just like the rest of us. Out of all of his academic courses, his strong suit has to be English.

“Why am I in Newspaper? ‘Cause Mrs. Lyda always complimented my writing, and also both of my brothers…were on the Newspaper Staff,” Calamia explains.

Having read some of his work, I can say Chris does not only know how to write, but he knows how to write well. In general, writing is not an easy task and is expected of students at some point in almost every class at BMC. We had come to the conclusion that Newspaper is a way to improve one’s writing in a more casual and fun environment.

“I can see myself benefiting from Newspaper in some ways,” says Calamia.

Getting as much experience as possible is important, especially before college. When asked to give some advice to the underclassmen of Brashier Middle College, Chris shared some helpful insight.  

 

“Juniors, start thinking about college now, but don’t be afraid to change your mind, you don’t have to have the rest of your life planned out. Sophomores, take the SAT and ACT at least once sophomore year…I took it for the first time Junior year…I didn’t know what to expect. For you freshman out there…don’t be afraid to get involved in Brashier. I wish I started sports earlier and I’m literally doing sports for the first time senior year,” says Calamia.

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