Mid-Semester Review: How’s it going?
How’s it going? Having just finished two-ish weeks of midterms, I tried my best to come up with some sort of snarky response to this question, but I couldn’t find it worthy punchline. I’ve been here for two months and one week (66 days) now, and, though it’s been a lot of hard work so far, I am truly loving it and could not have imagined going anywhere else. I figured that this blog would be a great time to give you and update on what I’ve been doing since I’ve been here.
LIFE AWAY FROM HOME:
Regardless of where you go to school, what your major is, or where your school is located, college is an adjustment. Period. That doesn’t necessarily mean it’s a bad adjustment, but, for better or for worse, you’re going to learn a lot about who you are. The biggest shock about coming to school was realizing how much my parents do for me and how daunting the task of taking care of myself seemed to be. For my last two years of high school, managing my schedule was a team effort to say the least, so learning to keep track of everything myself has been a learning opportunity. I can happily say, however, that I have not slept through a single class or missed an appointment since I’ve been here, so my mom’s organization skills must have rubbed off on me in some way. That being said, I also never realized the amount of time it takes to accomplish simple tasks. Eating, sleeping, and doing laundry on top of a full day of classes and a few hours of homework is harder to manage than you might think. Coming to college has given me a new appreciation for all of the things my parents do for me.
I am probably the happiest with the work I’ve been doing in my classes. It’s no joke when they tell you Juilliard classes are challenging, however, don’t let that discourage you. Despite all of the stress of classes, I’ve learned a very important lesson at Juilliard: If it’s not hard, you’re not at the right place. It’s easy to get inside your own head and think that you are somehow inferior for not knowing everything. I am so happy to attend a school that pushes me to be the best I can be. I have virtually no background in music theory or ear training and I was nervous about being able to keep up. Sure, I attend 2-4 group tutoring sessions and 2 semiprivate tutoring sessions a week, but I am learning tremendous amounts. The help is there for those who want it! (Side note: it is really amazing that Juilliard even OFFERS this much free tutoring—way to go, J-yard, way to go).
I have been able to do a lot of fun things since I’ve been here. I promised myself that I wouldn’t deprive myself from enjoying New York City, and I think I’ve done a good job of keeping that promise. Since arriving, I’ve seen 6 Broadways shows, an Off-Broadway show, an opera at the Met, a Juilliard opera, a concert at Carnegie Hall, a Juilliard Orchestra concert, and a poetry slam (shout out to Carol). I’ve seen them all on a budget and I’ve sat in some amazing seats. (shout out to student discounts!) I’ve also spend a lot of time with my high school best friends at their schools and have made friends at both of their schools. The one ‘adult’ thing that I love to doing is going grocery shopping. For some reason, I look forward to being able to go to Trader Joes and Target on the weekends. To be honest, it’s probably because I love food so much!
In short, I like it here a lot! I am excited for the rest of the semester – spending some time at home, learning more, New York fun, and to continue writing these blogs. One of the best things about my time at Juilliard has been writing these blogs. I love getting a time to reflect on all of the memories I’ve already made at Juilliard and to (hopefully) be sharing some insight on what it’s like to attend this magnificent school. Keep on keeping on, prospective students!