How to Have an Awesome Semester Like Me

REGISTRATION! It’s upon us. This is the most stressful time of the year in a lot of ways, but it is also cool to get excited for the awesome courses you have to look forward to. Don’t panic, students. Your classes will work out, and if they don’t, then you might be a freshman.

In the past couple of days, I’ve been getting a bunch of questions about this, so I want to share it here — at UNC, ballet is listed as PHYA 308: Intermediate Ballet. If you’ve gotten that pesky lifetime fitness out of the way, sign up! Lauren, our instructor, is so welcoming to all levels of ballet knowledge and background, and I can solidly say this has been an awesome experience. For anyone looking to build a workout right into his or her routine, twice a week, this is the perfect option. All you are required to have is ballet shoes, but I’m telling you now, you’ll want to get the leos and tights (which never rip and are super warm) and those weird-but-cozy sweater shorts. Not only is it awesome exercise, but it will also give you a sense of grace and a boost in confidence, and then your answer to Draco can be a smart, “quite right, I am.”

Alright, end of ballet pitch. For everyone who isn’t a UNC student but thinks this all sounds cool, I challenge you (Mom) to pick one thing that truly interests or inspires you. See if you can figure out how to work it into your routine and make it immersive for the next four months. Really learn whatever you’ve chosen, and most of all, enjoy yourself. With the summer months quickly approaching it may seem tough to commit with travel plans on the horizon. Still, there are plenty of unique, summer-ish possibilities. Personally, I’m thinking scuba diving or water polo, but hey, gardening, windsurfing, basket weaving — also super fun and not at all reminiscent of my grandmother!

I mention my mom directly in my challenge but only because she’s such an excellent example of exploring new things, and in a lot of ways she’s inspired me. Her creative mind, while I’ve always felt surpasses my own, never stops spinning and trying and doing. And even though she always discouraged me from this ballet experience (remember, I’m not graceful, and she’d never let me forget it), she also pushed me to do it in her own special way. I always noticed her jumping into new roles: artist, Sunday school teacher, mentor, you name it. See, her inclination to dare made me want do the same. A chance like mine is rare. When, when will I ever get the opportunity to learn ballet again? So I say, when what you want appears, embrace it because another meeting like that is never guaranteed.

Why don’t we all, like my soon-to-be ballerinas — see their blogs here and here — try to envision ourselves like little kids, wide-eyed with the wonder of learning our potential? Could we be concerned about the opinions of others? Maybe it’s because we’re scared to waste time or feel regret for a lost dream. Worst case, we hold ourselves back because we don’t want to fail. There’s so much more of all of those painful, lifeless sentiments in not trying at all, and that’s a promise.

Besides! If I can do this, so can you!

Principal from Don Quixote — Disclaimer: I cannot do this :)
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