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Caeli Smith

Update from Juilliard: College and Pre-College

October 15, 2010 at 3:47 PM

Hi everyone! Here's a link to a blog I wrote for the Juilliard Admissions webpage describing my transition from a pre-college student to a full-time college student at Juilliard, where I am now a freshman majoring in violin performance. I've had an amazing experience so far, especially enjoying my lessons with my new teacher Ronald Copes, of the Juilliard String Quartet. I hope you enjoy the blog!

 
During my last two years of high school, I was a student in Juilliard’s Pre-College Program, which meant, among other things, getting up at 6 AM every Saturday morning to travel to 65th and Broadway from my hometown, Philadelphia. Despite the early mornings and the four hours spent on the New Jersey Turnpike each week, I absolutely loved Pre-College. I adored my teachers and made tons of new friends that shared my passion for music – and getting to spend part of my weekend in New York City wasn’t bad either. Like many of the other seniors in my Pre-College class, I hoped to be accepted to the college division and continue my studies at Juilliard. We never saw much of the college students during our invasion on Saturdays. In fact, I’d been told more than once that they avoided the music building like the plague on that particular day of the week (which, only one month into my first year, I already understand completely). The college students always seemed to hold a certain mystique for me – how glamorous and exciting it must be to live right on Lincoln Center, and perform as a member of the Juilliard Orchestra on stages such as Avery Fisher Hall (and even Carnegie Hall!) I looked up to these alluring, accomplished individuals and hoped to become one myself. Even though I came to the school every week, I had a feeling that being in the college was a completely different experience. And I was completely right... (read more)
 

 


From David Rowland
Posted on October 16, 2010 at 5:58 AM

Great post Caeli! I look forward to hearing more about your experiences at Julliard. And maybe a few videos on Youtube. :)

Best of luck with your studies.

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