What Juilliard Means to Me (Year Two!)
I’m baaaaaaaack! I am so thrilled to be back at Juilliard for my second year! So much has changed in my life since starting college over a year ago and I am so excited to embark on another year and another round of blogging! The last time I blogged about this topic, I was four days into my Juilliard journey, so now that I am 369 days into it, I think I have a little more to offer! Here is What Juilliard Means to Me (Year TWO!)
Juilliard Means Personal and Professional Growth
I’m 600 miles from home and I’m studying music full-time (23 credits) so I’m bound to learn something! Being at Juilliard means growth. My professional skills are rapidly changing – It seems like every time I set foot in a private lesson or a practice room I discover something new about my voice. My time at Juilliard is helping me to discover what types of repertoire I enjoy singing, how to be a good musician, how to be a good collaborator, and much more! The school has also helped me learn heaps about myself in terms of setting reasonable goals, personal limitations and strengths, and what I value in my friends and colleagues. Juilliard has opened my eyes to all the different aspects of being an artist and a citizen and figuring out how I want to live my personal and professional life!
Juilliard Means Intensive Study
Study is the name of the game! Juilliard students of all divisions and degree levels are working hard around the clock (LITERALLY) to be the best they can be! I would be lying if I said it wasn’t overwhelming at times, but at the end of the day, it’s worth the hard work. The length of training for a classical singer rivals that of a doctor or an engineer, so studying at Juilliard means total immersion at times. Intensive study means long nights, lots of homework, and hard work, but (as mentioned before) it also means passion, a sense of accomplishment, and (hopefully) long-term success!
Juilliard Means New York City
One of the best parts about Juilliard is the location! I could not think of a better place to attend an artistic institution than New York City. If you read any of my previous blogs, you’ll know that I attend a lot of live performances throughout the year. Juilliard means that I get to train during the week and attend performances on the weekends which I deconstruct and apply to my own work. In addition to all the sight-seeing and diverse cultures, the New York City theatrical scene, whether it’s Broadway or Opera, is my favorite!
Juilliard Means Opportunity
Look all around, because this stuff is everywhere – opportunity! From performance opportunities to work study opportunities to volunteer opportunities, I’ve been able to fit it all into my first year and beyond! Juilliard is a small community of very well-rounded people, so there is a lot of get yourself involved in. Juilliard means getting to participate in a wide variety of activities in and outside of your major. More likely than not, students find themselves with too much to do rather than not enough!
For those of you who are looking to start your Juilliard journey, I wish you the best of luck and a happy back to school season!