Oh those famous four numbers that tell you, you better be ready! This week has flown by, and I can safely say I am in for an amazing experience at AMDA.
This week saw me moving to Manhattan and ORIENTATION. For those who aren’t familar with the term (and that included me until a week ago,) hopefully this helps…
“Orientation is a period of time at the beginning of a college academic year, where new students will particpate in events and meetings to welcome them to the institution. ”
So. Tuesday saw me move across the water, and up to the West Side. I have to said Upper West Manhattan is Beautiful! With a friendly helping hand from a current student, my suitcases, well that is, my life was successfully moved to my room. After 6 weeks of moving, I could finally UNPACK!
The dorms are compact, but I wasn’t expecting much space considering the incredible location. The massive positive is I am in a single room! Why get so excited about this? Well American kids are pretty used to sharing rooms when they venture to college. I am fortunate I have my own space; allbeit small, and currently with a bunk bed…
The next five days flew by and included signing pages of enrollment forms, meeting and greeting current and new students, seminars and placements.
After sleeping in a basement room for over a week, I still have a lingering chesty cough… Which was not going to aid my vocal folds as they tried to belt out the last phrase of Here I Am. Luckily, someone was watching over me, and as I performed to the faculty … my voice just did what it was told. Thank you body, thank you universe. I was so pleased with how my voice and acting placements went.
More hours were consumed in seminar halls learning about the school, and imporant notices before classes would begin next week. I have to say the emergency lock-down chat was something the internationals were, well, not used to. I forget I am living in a country that allows fire-arms, and sometimes the danger that comes with that. Fortunately the lovely NYPC man that came in, reassured me NYC is one of the safest cities to be in.
Saturday came and It was time to don the leotard and layer up nude, pink and black tights, pack my bag with every style of dance shoe and go prace my way through Dance placements. I’m really proud of my performances in each style, and grateful to all the money my mom has spent on dance classes since I was a child. It has paid off and I am in top levels for Tap, Ballet and Jazz. Wahoo!
I’ve met some glorious people this week, friends that will definitely stay along my journey, and who knows hopefully in the next chapter of life. We managed to snap some pictures at an event Friday night….
Alas, Orientation is complete. I have my exciting and jam-packed schedule and some excellent training to look forward to.
Let’s see how the first week of classes unfolds…