Having read my previous post, you’re probably wondering why it is that I don’t have that much to say about my academic experience at SMU.
This is partly due to school work being relatively repetitive so there isn’t that much to talk about.
As for how the CCA is people-wise, I guess there’s no real stereotype as we’re all from different schools and backgrounds.
Build your network of organisation you can turn to for sponsorship and find contacts you can call upon for favours.
That’s what’s going to matter if you want to have a fulfilling University “career”.
When I first started, I struggled to leave my pride at the door but I soon realised that not every battle was winnable and I’d only be causing myself unnecessary stress in trying to do so.
However, don’t let yourself fall into the habit of ignoring things you don’t accord with too much importance just because all you hear are complains about inconsequential things.
Constant muscle fatigue was to be expected but what I had not anticipated was the friction that came with being part of a team.
Having never had to consult anyone on anything in relation to dance, it was tough adjusting to a whole other level of accountability.
Making the switch from being a soloist who is put in the corps de ballet once every couple of years, to someone who is in the corps de ballet 100% of the time was bad.
It didn’t help that for the entirety of Sem 1, I was preparing for a ballet exam which meant that I was dancing twice a day on training days.
Don’t get me wrong, I’m not saying it’s all bad, but don’t expect to fit in automatically.