What Juilliard Means to Me
I CAN’T BELIEVE I’M HERE! Even after 14 days of Orientation, it still seems surreal to be at Juilliard! When I really think about what Juilliard means to me, and what it means to be here, there is a lot that makes this school so special…
I attended the Dance Summer Intensive in 2014 and that’s when I fell in love with the school. After 3 weeks of being in New York, working with the dance division faculty, experiencing the school and meeting awesome people, I decided I had to go here – Juilliard was the dream school! So, I went about applying under Early Admission, hoping to maximize my chances of getting in, and set about working hard and improving, in hopes of getting into the school. Being able to say I am a Juilliard student already means so much to me. It means that my hard work has paid off and I am on the right path, and I can’t wait to continue to do so!
Bottom line, Juilliard is an incredible school…but why? Let me tell you…
Juilliard is so incredible because you are surrounded by a (small and tight-knit) community of people whom have ambition and talent that will take them so far in life - constantly being surrounded by this is so enriching. Whether it is walking by a practice room at 11:30 at night and hearing someone killing it on the cello, or seeing a dancer just moving in an empty studio, there is endless innovation, stimulus and creation all around you. It’s incredible!
Juilliard is an environment that encourages growth, challenge and experimentation, with regards to technical ability, creativity and personal potential. Everyday, classes challenge you and allow you to grow more into your potential. We have the opportunity to experiment with who we are as artists and people everyday, and having a safe and encouraging place to do this is amazing.
For me, Juilliard means a place for me to explore what kind of mover, dancer and artist I want to be, and this is what makes it so special and individual. In one building, the level of knowledge and experience of the people that inhabit and work in it everyday is SO large. You can learn something from everyone, especially here!
Another reason that Juilliard is so special is that I am in a community where we all have something in common – a passion for the arts! At Juilliard, we can form so many friendships and bonds with people from many different fields that will go far beyond college and into our professional and personal lives.
I’ve only spent a short amount of time with my class so far, and I already LOVE them all! It is great to be surrounded by fun, quirky, supportive, talented and incredible human beings all the time, and it’s great to know that you have a great group of people there for you.
Lastly, Juilliard gives us the opportunity and encourages us to think beyond solely improving on technical ability and artistry, but thinking about our careers after college. Not only that, but the resources here to do so are incredible! The seminars that introduce us to these tools (like the Entrepreneurship session run by the Career Services office) are so helpful, and they give out really great food too! I personally love the cookies… This is something that has already really inspired me so far, as this has urged me to think more about my future goals, and how I can utilize my Juilliard experience to accomplish them.
All in all, I basically love everything about Juilliard! Whoop whoop! I can’t wait to start getting into the class schedules and really begin my Juilliard Journey! I am so grateful to be here and so excited to move and groove in this incredible school in this incredible city!