When I was six years old, I was diagnosed with Chronic Migraines. It has now been thirteen years that I have dealt with getting migraines more than fifteen times per month. Because of this, my life revolves around avoiding a migraine for a day or two and pushing through the ones I get. Yet, when I dance and hear music, that daily stress and restraint goes away and I can just move freely and forget about everything that I have been through and deal with on a daily basis. Dancing is one of my favorite escapes and I do not know what I would do without it. I would probably go crazy because it is the one thing I can choose to do that does not have to do with getting a migraine.
Every Saturday, I dance for seven hours and it is the one thing that gets me through the whole week. I look forward to dance class more than anything. One day, I hope to make dance my career because if I could dance and work, then I would never have to work a day in my life.
I have had people doubt me and tell me that I am not good enough. Others have put me on lower levels than I know I could handle. For example, when I tried out for my high school poms/dance team, I was placed on the junior varsity squad and not the varsity. Even though, I could do everything that the varsity girls could do and even learned there dances faster than some of the girls. All that never stopped me from pursuing my dream of dancing or being an artist.
My dad is a carpenter and I know he enjoys his job everyday because he gets to work with his hands and create and build, which is what he loves to do. He does not make a substantial amount of money, but he is still happy and finds satisfaction in what he does. I would say that I take after him. Money, although important, is not my number one priority. I do know that it is important to have a stable career and be able to put a roof over my head, but I believe that it is more important to be happy. Without happiness life would just be one big routine that would just repeat itself every twenty-four hours.
Dancing and being creative are things that are so hard to explain because they need to be experienced in order for someone to understand the passion and emotion behind it all. This is a gift that I hope to give to others by teaching or performing. It would be incredible to show my audience the amazing experience of dance and art.
I hope that Columbia College can help me achieve my goals and get my point across to my audience that dance and is not just a hobby; it is a way of life. By attending to Columbia College, I believe I would be able to gain much more experience that would help me to reach out to others and express my love for art. If I were accepted into Columbia the first thing I would do would be to look around and research dance teams in the area or look to see if there were any performances or shows for which I could audition.
The last time I performed on stage was my junior year in high school, which was about three years ago, so performing is definitely something that I would immediately resume. I miss it very much. In the end, I would love to say that Columbia College is the place that helped me achieve my goals and become a successful artist.