I GO TO SCHOOL HERE?!
It's very easy to get "trapped" in Juilliard. You can easily go a week without touching the sidewalk (especially if you live in the Residence Hall). It's what's known as the Juilliard Bubble. The thing about the Bubble is that you don't realize you're in it until something else is going on with the outside world...or until you need to make groceries.
When I'm in the Bubble, I notice that I have favorite parts of Juilliard that I love to be in. Whether I'm relaxing, practicing, or trying to focus on an assignment, these are my go-to spots:
This is the room that is rarely unoccupied, but when I can snag/reserve it, I definitely do. With one of the nicest views overlooking Broadway, I can also adjust the lighting for whether I'm sitting at the piano trying to compose, or even with my trombone practicing scales and whatnot. If it's not Room 340, it's the Kaufman Dance Studio, which is ALSO really beautiful.
This is probably where I've spent most of my off-time/relaxation time so far this year. Why, you may ask? Well, the Morse Student Lounge is not only a place to do just that, but it is also always fun to see and check in with your peers when you're not adhering to your crazy schedules. It's also fun to people watch … :P jk
I only drink coffee when I absolutely need it. And when I need it, it's always nice to know that Indie is there with open arms and a perfect iced coffee (and a Juilliard discount!). You never know who you might run into there either, especially 10 minutes before any given class!
Now that I take a look at all my favorite spots within and around Juilliard, the Bubble doesn't seem so bad...at least I know I'm not alone... ;)