In today’s blog post, I will be telling you about what I value, what my motivations are and what/who I find most inspiring. I also thought I’d spice things up and add some pictures to accompany the categories I’m describing today!
For starters, “What I Value”: family, dance, friends, community, love, trust, dedication, empathy, loyalty, courage, faith and humility. A broad and general list, but the values that first popped into my head. All of these values have come from my upbringing; from my parents, extended family, peers, school and dance environments. Each of these people and places have taught me the value of hard work and dedication to a goal. I’ve been given a lot, but I also am appreciative and aware of everything I’ve been blessed with. I have ended up at SMU due to good fortune, timing, hard work and talent. It’s taken a lot to get here, not just in the application but also in my journey as a a person. I believe that without my parents, dance and the education I received at Seattle Girls’ School and Holy Names Academy I would not have found SMU. [Pictures (L–>R): With friends after my Cornish graduation; HNA graduation; My parents and I before I left for SMU]
“My Motivations”: I’m hoping this doesn’t sound too conceited, but myself. The saying goes, “You’re your own worst critic” and it’s entirely true. I’ve dedicated myself to my goal of becoming a professional dancer and I’m the only one that can make that happen. Of course, there’s an element of timing, who you know and good luck, but it all must stem from me. I’m a strong believer in karma and if you put good out, you’ll get good back. Not everyday is going to be a good day and I’m going to face ups and downs. However, each day is just another step on this journey of mine and what’s a journey without a goal? Nothing worth pursuing, in my opinion. However if I stay focused, seek out resources and build a strong foundation, there’s truly nothing to stop me from achieving my goals. A lot of it will come down to what I do with my time at SMU. Already, I’ve been given great resources and opportunities. I’m here on scholarship, I’m performing at the Winspear Opera House and I had a FABULOUS master class with Jessica Lang Dance yesterday. (For more information on JLD please visit: http://www.jessicalangdance.com) I can’t wait to see where my 4 years take me. [Pictures by Colleen Dishy/Makena Gadient (L–>R): Sugar Plum Fairy; a senior photo; an audition photo for college]
And finally, “Who I Find Inspiring”: This list is long, so I’ll just mention a few highlights – All the first year dance majors at Meadows, Kara Wilkes, Misty Copeland, Linda Celeste Sims, Sierra Boggess, Chanel da Silva, Lauren Worley, Beyonce, Michelle Kwan and of course, my mom and dad. <3 [Pictures (L–>R): Kara Wilkes, Misty Copeland me with Chanel da Silva]
Anyway, that’s all for now! Stay tuned and thank you for your continued support!