CHAPTER 1 FB: Welcome once again to another Berklee Oral History Interview. Today we have Jim McCoy, who is just wrapping up a decade as the director of community affairs and campus engagement. A pretty, pretty big umbrella it sounds like, Jim. You've had a great run here. JM: It's been a good run. It really really has. You know I feel like I came to Berklee as a 33-year old little boy. FB: Wow JM: And with the good mentorship and coaching of all the good people, all the good work here I'm leaving as a 43-year old boy-man. You know something like that. Closer to a man, it's been. It's really been a good run, I've really enjoyed Berklee. It's really provided me with an enormous amount of growth and opportunity and I just adore it. FB: Funny you should use that image, I always feel like a kid around here because the music is so engaging and the kids are always on the cutting edge of the latest thing and you know, you can't you can't become a moli-fig in this environment. JM: Absolutely and you know, I find too is that people here are on Plan A and I think that's what makes it unique. You know people here are doing what they really want to do rather than I think the traps that people get into a lot of times with higher education where they want to be an actor but maybe they're being pushed towards being an engineer. Or they want to me a musician but they're being pushed towards medicine. Or they want to be a visual artist but they're being pushed toward business so it leads to you know a lot more angst you know, dissatisfaction but I think that here, people are on Plan A and there's just this certain glow that people in the Berklee community, particularly the students have as a result of that. FB: There's two gals just openned a craft beer shop in Belmont Center where I live and whenever I go in there and talk to them, I say "how you doing?" They said "we're living the dream". They've openned up this place on their own and with a little boost and ya know they're doing what they really really want to do. And that's, you can ask any kid on campus, he's feeling the same way. JM: Absolutely. No, absolutely. JM: And of course the professors to a large degree, too are loving what they're doing 'cause they're involved in music that they love and they're teaching and they're, you know they've got a lot of people are doing both ends of the thing. Working as a teacher and gigging and getting the jollies that way. JM: Special place. FB: Yeah, it is.