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That’s right, ladies and gentlemen. College.

I’ve been doing a lot of thinking lately about whether or not I want to go. Obviously my parents want me to. The hard part is trying to factor in whether or not that really matters to me. You see, I want to be a dancer, there’s no mistake about that. The question is, how do I get there? I don’t want to be a ballerina. Contemporary and commercial dance are where my heart’s at. I don’t necessarily need to go to college to be able to do those, I just think my parents believe that all successful roads in life start with university.

The problem, part two: I don’t want to waste the first four years of my adulthood, when I could be joining a company/agency or getting better training and seeing the world (London, specifically), trapped taking jazz and working towards a useless bachelor’s degree. I wanna do exciting things and meet exciting people. I want to dance.

Some of my friends’ life goals look like this: graduate high school, go to college and get a meaningless degree, and maybe work a little bit before marrying a dude and raising his family. I’d rather not. I have ambitions. Every day college starts to seem less like an achievement to aspire towards and more like a roadblock on the path to what I really want to do. I’m in the eleventh grade and the reason for everything I do nowadays has been reduced to “It’ll look good on your transcript.”

I overheard a conversation between a friend and his mother when they were the car yesterday. He told her that he didn’t want to go to uni because voice acting was the career he was after, which made college somewhat unnecessary. His mother said to him, “Will you feel the same way when you can’t feed your own family?” and that swiftly ended the conversation. Tense silence in the car.

Our parents just want the best for us. But I’m not ready to dedicate more anxiety, time, and money thinking about something that will determine the course of my adulthood. It’s too big for sixteen. I just want to dance honestly.

— Bethany.

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Hello, everyone, it’s Bethany. Been a while, hasn’t it?

Me and the girls haven’t been on the blog too much lately, I know. Sorry about that. I just wanted to get on here and give some updates on what we’ve been doing this winter. It’s been quite eventful for us, and I’m really excited to see how the rest of 2014 plays out.

Maddie started college this term. Hopefully she’ll be on here within the next couple of weeks to talk about that. She’s decided she wants to study to become an engineer, which I think is very fitting for her. She has started going to TNCC to study all her necessary intro college classes and, this is my opinion, I think she’s enjoying it. For the longest time she had no idea what, exactly she wanted to do with her life, so I’m glad that she’s found something to study.

Krysta is working as per usual. She’s the only one out of the three of us who has a steady job, go figure. We see each other more now that the new year has started; which is great considering we’re both so busy.

As for me? Dancing, dancing, dancing. My time is split somewhat equally between ballet, theatre, schoolwork, and writing. My music is becoming more important to me now as well. All my energy is geared towards finishing high school and muting the stress with my outlets. To be honest I think chaos is the nicest way to occupy oneself.

So that’s what we’ve been up to lately, I hope you’ve all had amazing winter breaks.

— Bethany.

I Know What I’m Doing, Really.

winterlondon.jpgWell, sort of.

Lo and behold, it’s Krysta again. It recently occurred to me that I haven’t explained what I want to do overseas. Now I know it’s been stated that I’m the theatre major of the group–if we haven’t stated that, now we have–but there are quite a few details missing from that statement.

For example, very few of all acting gigs pay well enough to support one’s self (and her companions). Aside from blockbuster movie/TV/Broadway stars, only big theatre companies make enough to consistently pay their actors. It’s no wonder so many actors get crazy–you have to fight a lot of dreamers to get a job. Not only that, but you have to look a certain way. That means talent alone can’t get you a great job.

Now I know you all must’ve heard this before–it isn’t new information to me, either–but it’s just that this is all dawning on me very suddenly. It’s one thing to hear this information over and over again, but it’s another to face the facts as an aspiring actress. What puts me two steps (because one is not enough) ahead of the game? What makes me stand out?

And that’s when I knew I had to study theatre. I’ve been in multiple plays and played almost every improv game in the book, but learning from the best of the best is what’s going to separate me from the competition. That’s going to launch my future career. That is what’s going to help me be the best (and trust me, you need to be the best in this business).

I’m sure some of you are wondering why I don’t sound like I’m relying on a “normal” job for the time being. It’s partially because I get bored easily of things I don’t enjoy, and I don’t enjoy “normal” forms of making money. And I know a job isn’t for fun, but I have trouble with sticking to things I can’t stand. There’s no way to say, “I didn’t do as I was told because it was too boring” to your employer without getting in trouble. Now I have my nannying job (and will soon have another one, I hope), but that can only last so long. I mean, once we head to England, I obviously have to get a new job. As if it wasn’t hard enough just getting my first one….

So to recap, I have to get more jobs, go to theatre school, learn a lot, kick butt at auditions, become the Doctor’s companion as soon as possible, make enough to support self and friends. Simple.

I’ve got this.

~Krysta

So Basically

Hey, everyone, Krysta here. (My first post, finally!)

Since I’m out of high school, my posts won’t be the same as Bethany’s or Maddie’s. I guess that’s one of the good parts of not being the same age, we’ll always have different things to say–especially because we’re so different as people.

So anyway, I think my first post is going to be about this conference I went to recently and how it’s related to moving to England, okay? Try to follow along, even if it makes no sense.

So I went to one of a series of conferences called Culture Shift organized by YWAM (Youth With A Mission) in mid-August. It was a lot of fun, more fun than I’d dared to hope it would be. It was also how I met a lot of really great people from outside this area–England included. (Do you see where this is going?)

One of the girls from England was named Hannah and the both of us got on really well, though I won’t pretend we became the best of friends or anything. She was liked that I knew a lot of British terms and admired my talent (among other things, I’m sure), and I liked that she was British and full of life (and funny stories). She gave me a lot of tips on studying in England and navigating the whole thing, which was really nice of her to do. In return, I didn’t refuse her when she asked me to sing something for her–a fair trade. (Don’t judge me.)

So the point is that somewhere between the prophesying and the evangelizing, she told me that Liverpool is one of the best places to study theatre because of all the cultures coexisting in that one area. So now I’m going to look into colleges in that area for the 2015-2016 school year. And here’s the best part: Hannah told me college is only six months out of the year. That means you get half a year in between semesters to do whatever you want (provided you save your money).

In conclusion, I’ve got friends in English places so I think we’ll be alright.
Sorry if this was confusing. Bye.

— Krysta

Getting Down to Business

Summer is ending very quickly and I’m glad of it. 

Hi, people. I’m Bethany, the youngest owner of this blog, and I’ve been spending my summer either indoors or taking the limited amount of dance classes available at my studio; and as socially-damaging as it sounds, I’m glad the season’s almost over. As soon as school starts back up, I can focus on my dance training and get a job; me and the girls want to save a minimum of $3,500 individually just to cover the cost of getting settled in England.

The Urdang Academy of Dance in London, England

The Urdang Academy of Dance in London, England



Step one: dance.

My dance training is extremely important to me. I’m taking on more courses this year so that I’ll have  a broader spectrum of capability; so far I’m mostly trained in contemporary/modern. Plus, there’s no way I’ll be able to live in London if I can’t get into any of their dance schools! And as for that, I’m torn between England’s Urdang Academy and Bird College. Both seem like really good schools to train at, but my main issue with choosing between them is that I’ve not yet decided which field of dance I would most like to break into (company or commercial). Once I’ve decided I think it’ll be easier for me to choose a school, but for the time being I’m just trying to have as much experience and technique under my belt as possible: continuing this autumn with four ballet classes (two en pointe) and an advance contemporary class.

Step two: school.

It would also be helpful if I actually graduate high school. Maddie and Krysta are already putting the trip on hold to wait until I’m out of school (2015), so I don’t want to keep them waiting any longer than legally possible. We’re all three home-schooled (Well, Krysta graduated this year, but she was), so we have flexible schedules when it comes to our educations, and I think I’m going to take advantage of that to shape my school schedule around work and dance. And family, of course. My mom, dad, and my little sister Grace are extremely supportive of my aspirations and I just don’t want to let anyone down, really.

Fine dining at Jerry Jack's.

Fine dining at Jerry Jack’s.

Step three (the final step): work

This topic has been long-considered in my brain. I’m only fifteen and quite lazy to be honest, which puts a bit of a strain on my options as far as employment. I’d decided that I didn’t want to work in fast food (I can barely make cereal for myself, and you’ll never catch me cleaning a public toilet on this side of the grave) or with children, which are the two main jobs young teenagers tend to have. At first I thought to work in retail, maybe at a store in the mall, but at the current moment I haven’t got a car to drive or a full license, so that seemed pretty pointless as well. Now I’ve resolved to apply for a job at this cute little diner within walking distance from my house, called Jerry Jack’s, that my mom has written a story about in our local newspaper. I think I have waitress potential, if only I could learn to be a little nicer. ;P

This is my plan so far for the beginning of fall 2013. I’ll be back once I get the job to talk about budgeting and spending. For now, I’m trying my hardest to focus because, to be real, Maddie and Krysta are boarding the plane to London without me unless I’ve got all three bullet marks on lock. But don’t worry, I’m going find out how to make it work.

— Bethany.

My (Perfect) SAT Essay

Hello, my fellow homo sapiens! It’s nice to meet you, I’m Maddie: a homeschooled nerd. In June I took the SAT, and did so badly that I’m proud of the fact that I didn’t cut myself, or kill myself. So I’ve been studying two hours every day, sometimes with fail. But I think that I’ve been doing really well with the online course. I’ve found that when writing an essay what they really want is the longest, wordiest thing that you can create in 25 minutes and still stay on topic.  I finally got a perfect six on the essay recently (and yes I did celebrate, I had celebratory ramen). I thought you guys would like to know what perfection looked like; so here it is, pure perfection.

The prompt question: “Can you judge someone on their sacrifices?”

 “The sacrifices a person makes can define them for better or for worse; and sometimes they come to no cognizable consequence, through their sacrifice!  A sacrifice can be seen in many different lights. Can we trust someone purely through their sacrifices? What are these people forfeiting? Can people be trusted?  How do you come to trust someone? People are not always what they seem.

                What is this person sacrificing? Who or what is this sacrifice for, is it for their children, is it for their morals? What are they sacrificing, money, time, friendship?  Are they sacrificing friendship for money?  Not everyone has the same view when it comes to these things. Many people over exaggerate their sacrifices so that people will trust them; this is probably the number one way that people manipulate others. Some people can see straight though these lies and exaggerations and others can’t.  A lot of people are able to commit major crimes and get away with them from telling people about all of the sacrifices that they have made. What you really have to do to know if you can trust someone is really get to know them.

                People cannot be trusted through their “sacrifices” mainly because it is hard to tell what really happened. People will and can always lie about their sacrifices to try and get you to trust them.  You cannot trust or judge someone by what happened to, half the time they had no choice in what they could do. People can be judged by their decisions in life. I do suggest that you don’t judge someone on their past decision but on the decisions on how they interact while around and in current time. If you were not there at the time odds are you don’t have the full story. Some people mature as they get older and learn from their mistake, while others go rotten.

The only way to know if you can trust someone is by getting to know them. It is more a practice of figuring out what you can trust them with, than anything else. Some people you can trust to turn on the coffee machine in the morning and not much else. While other people you can trust to help you bury a body. There are different levels of trust; we trust all people to a certain extent.  It’s just a matter of finding out how much we trust them. So how do you find out how much you can trust someone? You spend time with them. Don’t judge them on their past judge them on what they have learned from their past.

                A sacrifice is not always for the better, and sometime a person has no choice when they have to make that sacrifice. Some people exaggerate about the sacrifices that they have made in the past; this makes it very hard to judge someone. Sacrifices are usually something that a person has done in the past; a majority of the time a person changes in the period of time from that sacrifice to the day that they meet you. Sacrifices while they do say something about a person don’t tell the whole truth.”

Ahhh! The beauty of perfection. Well, ’till the next informative blog post my dear homo sapiens.

— Maddie.