What Juilliard Means to Me
When I first got back to school for my second year here at Juilliard, I couldn't help but feeling a buzz of nervous, excited energy in the air. There is so much wonderful change happening at the school this year, and I’m thrilled to be a student here at this time so that I can be a part of it all. But I also have to admit that I’m a bit anxious as well. I’m anxious because I care. I look at all the wonderful things I’ve had a chance to be a part of since I arrived at this school a year ago, and I only want that to continue for the future, because this school and the people here mean the world to me, they really do.
Whenever I ask myself the question of what exactly this school means to me, a million minute moments flit through my mind. I remember my friends organizing the class to go out for a Sunday picnic in Central Park. I remember sunlight glistening off the floor of the dance studios as my classmates perform heroic feats of grace while being accompanied by some of the best musicians I have ever come to know. I remember watching in amazement as those friends of mine who are actors breeze through seven different spot-on celebrity impersonations in under a minute. I look back and I see countless memories of joy, challenge, victory, struggle, and perseverance. I look back on my past year here at Juilliard, and I smile.
But looking forward is the thing that really makes me break out into a big, toothy grin. I look around every day and I see some of the most brilliant, fascinating, kind, talented, and hardworking people that I have ever been privileged to know. When I walk through the halls and I hear the pianos roaring away, when I witness the countless stories unfolding from the drama division’s rehearsal studios, and when I see the sweat rolling off the backs of a group of dancers who have just performed some of the hardest repertoire known to man, I smile to myself. Because I know in my heart of hearts that these people are going places. And I know that I’m going with them. I know that all of us are every day, step by step, working together to build the future that we all believe the world deserves. For me, Juilliard represents the chance, our chance, to come together as a community of artists, thinkers, and citizens in order to build the world of our dreams. I know it’s possible, because I’m watching it happen every day here at good ol’ Lincoln Center, and it makes me so, so excited for all of the beautiful things that I know are to come. That is what Juilliard means to me.
Juilliard Dance Class of 2020