What Juilliard Means to Me
When I first came to Juilliard, I’m not gonna lie, I was a bit intimidated. Everything here is big. For starters, learning the layout of the school was no small feat. After all, one doesn’t simply learn to navigate a building of these proportions in a day.
Also, have you seen the view from our dorms? Just waking up every morning makes me feel like I’m living in some sort of fairy tale.
Yet, that is all just Juilliard. Truth be told I cannot even begin to express how incredibly huge, grand, dynamic, and overall incredible New York City has turned out to be. It has by far surpassed my wildest dreams.
Yet, despite this epic sense of grandeur all around me, I have never for one moment felt small, lost, or insignificant here. That’s because what I’ve learned is that this school is about more than just shiny lights and a name. At it’s core, this school is about people. This school’s soul lies not within the buildings incredible architecture, and not within the sense of reverence that people speak the Juilliard name. It lies not within our studios, or our brochures, but rather at the end of the day, this school’s soul lies within the people who live, work, and study here. This school’s greatest gift, it’s greatest treasure, is the people who live out their dreams every day here at the Lincoln Center. At the end of the day, Juilliard is more than just a school, it’s a family. That is what Juilliard means to me.
~Alexander Sargent, Juilliard Dance 2020~