Class of 2017
Developing a Prowess to Tackle Complex Topics
â€śCCM was a really good jumping off point for me. There I was inspired by my professors and discovered a prowess for analyzing complex topics.â€ť
A much analyzed play, â€śWaiting for Godotâ€ť captured the interest of Nick Sisti so much so he was thrilled to write a commentary for his literature class at County College of Morris (CCM). He was even more thrilled when he submitted the piece, "Metaphysical Existentialism and the Timeless Confoundment of 'Waiting for Godot,'â€ť to Medium, which reviewed it and posted it to its Philosophy section. Medium is an online publication focused on â€ścompelling ideas, knowledge and perspectives.â€ť
Dr. Matthew Jones, professor and chair of the Department of Communication at CCM notes, â€śThis is something that generally isnâ€™t seen until graduate school, and weâ€™re doing it right here at CCM, helping students to become part of an academic discourse.â€ť
Sisti, who graduated from CCM in 2017 with a degree in communication, initially wrote the paper for Dr. Philip Chaseâ€™s literature class. â€śProfessor Chase took something that you might think is boring and broke it down in a way that made it fun. He and Professor Jones really opened my eyes to things I never would have explored.â€ť
When writing his commentary, Sisti was determined to author a piece that â€śwas more than a drop in the bucket in the extensive discourse on â€śWaiting for Godot.â€ť His goal was to â€śbreak down complex topics and use good examples so people could better understand them, like Neil deGrasse Tyson does with science.â€ť
He opens his paper about Samuel Beckettâ€™s play with a Sesame Street: Masterpiece Theater parody titled â€śWaiting for Elmo.â€ť In that parody, Sisti notes, Cookie Monster introduces the play stating, â€śToday, me proud to present a play so modern, so brilliant, it makes no sense to anybody.â€ť From there, Sisti provides multiple similes to offer new insight into the play. He describes the differences in how the two main characters respond to waiting as similar to how you get to see peopleâ€™s true colors when they are â€śstuck in mind numbing, backed-up-for-hours traffic.â€ť The lack of structure in the play that has puzzled audiences for decades, Sisti postulates, also forces the audience to look inward to discover a reflection of their own psyche.
Following his graduation from CCM, Sisti enrolled at Montclair University. His goal is to build a career as a writer, editor or literary agent. Currently, he is working as professional jazz guitarist, performing in the New Jersey, New York area. His debut album "Future Plans" is available whereverÂ music is streamed or sold.
â€śCCM was a really good jumping off point for me,â€ť he says. â€śThere I was inspired by my professors and discovered a prowess for analyzing complex topics.â€ť