My Biggest Juilliard Hurdle
Attending Juilliard has been one of the best parts of my life, but it has not come without challenges. There are several hurdles I’ve had to overcome this year, below are a few of them!
My two hardest classes are Ear Training and Theory. I came to Juilliard with a very limited knowledge in both, so I’ve had to work especially hard to keep good grades. I have learned so much from these classes, however, most of which I have been able to apply to my studies already!
Far Away From Home
The first three months away were tough! I have a great relationship with my family, so it was very hard to say goodbye in August. Luckily, Detroit, MI is only an hour by plane so I’ve gotten to go home 3 times and my family has visited once! From this hurdle came the best advice I have for any college freshman: The one semester rule! In order to judge something in one’s first semester of college, you need to try it for a whole semester before judging it. The first weeks were rough, but eventually the routine becomes normal!
Learning to live with another person can be challenging – especially when you are paired up with someone you’ve never met before! I’ve always had my own room, so learning to share a space (which is smaller than my private bedroom at home) was a learning curve. Thankfully, my roommate is excellent, courteous, and incredibly considerate! We get along very well!