55 Things Governor School Taught Me

I just spent the most amazing five and half weeks at North Carolina Governor School and have a few things to share.

In order of experience:

  1. There is nothing wrong with going up to a random group of people and introducing yourself (it’s actually really cool and fun).
  2. You can always find things in common with other people you just have to try.
  3. You really bond with people when your dorm has no AC.
  4. Anyone (and everyone) can play ukulele.
  5. I’m literally the worst person in choral music
  6. Staring at a piece of music and hoping for the best will not help you learn it.
  7. Laughter is contagious.
  8. It’s very okay to be weird (in fact it’s encouraged).
  9. Crying in front of people you just met is fine.
  10. It only takes an hour to immediately bond with people. (@ Area 3)
  11. There is nothing wrong with being vulnerable.
  12. Cereal is a delicacy.
  13. Walking ten minutes in the beating sun for bad food and good coffee is always worth it.
  14. I don’t know how to hit a third…(even though I’ve done it a million times).
  15. It’s contemporary.
  16. It’s a lituation.
  17. When in doubt mini-dab (aka dabble).
  18. Music speaks for those who can’t.
  19. EVERYTHING IS FINE.
  20. “The refectory has tater-puffs” might be the best news you’ll hear.
  21. There is an incredible amount of injustice in the world.
  22. Being young does not make me uneducated.
  23. THE MATH KIDS ARE SO COOL.
  24. Don’t call Instrumental Music ‘band’; they have strings, they are an orchestra.
  25. If random things are written on walls and sheets of paper are being dropped, it’s probably theatre, get excited.
  26. Slapping paint on a human’s face makes them an Alien (ONE. OF. US.)
  27. The refectory does not have bananas.(Side note: hiding bananas is not easy.)
  28. Running in flip-flops is a feat.
  29. The visual art kids are infinitely cooler than me.
  30. OVERTONES!
  31. Order Chinese takeout an hour in advance.
  32. When singing in German no one notices if you accidentally change keys.
  33. Drag shows are easily thrown together last-minute.
  34. Napping during rehearsal is not only encouraged, but is required sometimes.
  35. You can make great friends by playing Cards Against Humanity with them for two hours (especially if it’s the first time you’ve talked).
  36. If a person is looking down at her phone while she is walking it’s probably Pokemon-go.
  37. Being home is no fun when you could be at governor school.
  38. Having a savage director only makes you better.
  39. I.M. IS SO COOL WHAT THE HECK.
  40. Sunsets are so much prettier in Winston-Salem.
  41. Don’t dance in stilettos all night.
  42. Hiking is much more fun when you get lost.
  43. Everyone learns their music the day before a concert, it’s fine.
  44. Milk is a treasure. It will run out, so cherish it.
  45. The one air conditioning unit in your dorm can, and probably will, break.
  46. It’s possible to make your closest friends in the last week.
  47. I’m not the worst person in choral music.
  48. The theatre kids make everything more lit.
  49. You can see the same play three times and still see a different show each time.
  50. People will literally try to run away from their feelings, don’t let them.
  51. North Carolina has never felt so big.
  52. Group Messages are not a nuisance.
  53. I’m kind of cool(?)
  54. Saying goodbye is impossible.
  55. I just had the best summer of my life.
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