Never Enough Time
There’s a running joke about how Juilliard students have no time...except it’s not a joke. Successfully managing school, homework, practicing, jobs, health, a social life, and sleep takes a certain amount of witchcraft, and it can feel impossible at times. Since coming here, my main challenge by far has been finding a schedule that works for me. When I get in the right routine, I’m able to be more productive, and I can get the most out of my day. Unfortunately, it seems that my schedule changes on a week-to-week basis, and it’s all too easy to spiral into madness after receiving one too many essay assignments on the week of a big performance. With initiative and proper time management skills, though, it actually is possible to get everything done. (Well, almost everything.)
Here are some of the most important things I consider in finding a productive routine:
-sleep: This one’s pretty obvious and seems easy enough, but there are never enough hours in the day to get everything done, and you can find yourself falling asleep at sunrise rather than waking up to it.
-non-procrastination: I could go more in depth about this, but I’ll do it later...
-getting outside: since Juilliard is just one building, I sometimes find that the only time I experience outside air is during my twenty-second commute from the main building to the dorms. Fresh air does wonders to clear your mind and to remind yourself that yes, the world does exist outside of 66th and Broadway.
There are rumors that go around...rumors of a Juilliard student who is an up-and-coming performer, excels at their art, aces all their classes, has fun with friends, gets eight hours of sleep every night, and is still sane. I have yet to meet this person, but I hope I can be like them someday.