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Posts tagged college
The dancers of the YSU Dance Ensemble enjoyed a great “turn-out” at our annual concert last weekend! Invariably, the concert always falls on the weekend before finals week, so we don’t usually get massive attendance from the student body. This year, however, the campus came out in full force to support our efforts, and we did our best to put on a fabulous show! Audience members expressed consistent positive reviews on the quality of the concert, and many were pleasantly surprised at the versatility of our thirty dancers.
This past Friday evening, I joined my fellow Student Government Association representatives for our first annual leadership retreat. Our guest speaker, State Rep. Bob Hagan, started the night with a bang, giving an impassioned speech about public service and the leaders inside each of us.
This is a parking garage. Really.
via Fast Co. Design
#YSU needs to make this.
Opening my fortune cookie this evening, I was surprised to read a startlingly accurate piece of Chinese take-out wisdom: “An old friend introduces you to new people and pleasures.” How fitting for my life at this moment! I have just started a wonderful new internship, and my supervisor is actually an old family friend who is simply marvelous! My fortune cookie does not lie!
Whew! Just got back from a whirlwind trip to NYC, and I’m still feeling the after-effects of transversing the city with my friend, Mitchell. My feet are begging for a long soak in fuzzy bubbles!
For as long as I can remember, I have always appreciated watching talent. Watching it, learning from it, but most of all, being inspired by it. As I observe artists achieving successes, I rejoice for them and recognize that their artistry touches people in so many ways. But lately, I have been feeling another emotion as I watch performances, read news articles, and listen to updates about the creative world. Lately, this feeling has been rising inside of me, heating my soul until it cries out for a release of the tension. I would like to say that I’ve simply got “steam heat,” but I’ve got something much more than that. What I have is pure, fiery passion.
So. Here we are again, at the end of another year. As I look forward to the excitement that accompanies a new year, I also reflect on the things I have accomplished in the past year. It’s a great way to measure personal growth and evaluate progress on various goals.
I consider this past year significant in terms of stepping out of my comfort zone and getting the “dirty work” done so I can spend the remainder of my college career having fun. Yes, fun! Now that I have completed many major requirements for my degree, I can take a small breath of relief as I continue to take on new and exciting challenges in other areas of my life. Here is my year in review:
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As of yesterday, my summer internship is officially over!
I turned in my identification badge, printed out my hours, and turned in my final seminar paper. Score.
While this gives me cause for much celebration and happy dancing, I must pause and reflect on what I have learned during my 300+ hours as a Special Events/Fundraising Intern at Akron Children’s Hospital Mahoning Valley…
My article published in the *Yo Magazine this spring (the online edition is finally up!) :
Dancing! The lowdown on dances that spark passion, praise, and prestige
Thank you to the fellow dance lovers who contributed to my article!
Spring semester 2011 is finally over. It was a hard battle, but I achieved victory with my continued 4.0 GPA. That one nearly did me in. I am praying that the fall is much smoother.
And now…summer break! Right? Nope. No summer break for me. I’m doing a 300 hour internship all summer long to fulfill my nonprofit leadership requirements. I’m excited to gain the experience— I’ll actually put my skills to use by doing press releases, radio scripts, e-newsletters, special events, and grant research— but I’m rather sad that I went straight from school to interning. No rest for the weary.
On the upside, this weekend gave a much-needed jumpstart to my creative side. My production of Hairspray was a smash; the cast did a great job with my choreography. I was overwhelmed by the sincerity and appreciation expressed by the directors and students; I would love to return next year for another show.
I was able to perform myself this Sunday in Ballet Western Reserve’s spring gala, as a featured guest artist. What a thrill to be back on the boards, after a five-month hiatus! Wow, was it really that long? Oh my gosh, I will never do that to myself again. Not that I wasn’t active during that time, having choreographed two shows, tackled a full courseload, worked part-time, volunteered for various causes, attended nonprofit seminars, and served as an officer for two student organizations… I think a little part of my soul died this semester. But it’s bouncing back!
During Sunday’s two shows, I performed the “Maria Cha-Cha” from West Side Story, “If They Could See Me Now” from Sweet Charity, and “The Charleston” from The Boyfriend. The first two were personal dream roles, and the last one featured a stunning scarlet costume with sequins and frills, woohoo! I adored the entire experience, especially the opportunity to connect with the artistic staff.
Up next: doing the ballet’s summer intensive, possibly performing in a local production of The Marvelous Wonderettes, and beginning rehearsals for A Streetcar Named Desire. And auditioning for more productions in the fall.
Look out world, here I come!
My Better World Books campus book drive is done! We must have collected at least a few hundred books (we filled an entire van in addition to this one)!
Thank God, that’s over. ;)