A Year of Growth
One year ago, I stepped into Lincoln Center for the first time as a Juilliard student. Looking up at the magnificent halls and the seemingly infinite buildings around me, I couldn’t help but feel extremely small. I was confused and nervous--terrified, even--but as I took in the sight of what would soon become my new home, I was also filled with a sense of hope. These next four years held so much potential for growth and improvement. As I slowly started meeting incredibly talented people from all over the world and finding myself in a challenging but motivating environment, I began to see Juilliard as a place to become the musician I wanted to be.
And after my first week of school, much to my roommate’s amusement, I bought thirteen tiny plants.
Flash forward to a year later, and my goals have changed, my mindset has evolved, and some of my plants have died, but I (and the rest of the plants) have grown more than I could have ever imagined. Some of my plants are a little worse for the wear; some of them are bursting with colors. In the same way, some of my dreams have faded only to be replaced by newer, brighter ones. Through many ups and downs, I have discovered more about myself and found ways to become more confident in my objective of becoming a professional musician.
Just as I felt last year, I still don’t know exactly what the future holds. Since the beginning of my college journey, though, Juilliard has taken on a new meaning for me. Before, I found myself striving to improve solely as a musician. This year, I want to grow overall--not only as a musician but also as a genuine person. With the resources, people, and ideas overflowing at Juilliard, I know I will be able to accomplish that in the rest of my time here. My windowsill is now crowded with plants, new and old, and I hope they, too, will grow just as I do.