Not too long ago, I started thinking about school again. I miss it! Truly I do. I’m one of those crazy people who LOVES being in a classroom (or studio); loves research and discovery, and the constant growth in a safe yet challenging environment it provides. It’s odd I know. It’s what makes me want to be in this kind of encompassment forever. You learn SO much about yourself in a University setting. It’s simply not teachable anywhere else.

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With that being said, I decided to apply for Grad school. At the time it seemed improbable, but it also felt right. I never thought at this young age, I’d want to go back so quickly. In fact I thought it would be years before I considered my Masters degree. Either way, I was very excited about the process and it’s timing.


The application behind submitting to the school takes quite a while, although the audition was just recently. I of course am interested in entering through the Performing Arts, since my undergraduate (from the University of Utah), is a Bachelor of Fine Arts.

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Although I was looking at many schools around the country, New York University has always been a dream of mine, ever since I was in High School. So I decided to reach high, or not at all. Originally I solely applied for NYU’s TISCH School of the Arts in pursuit of a MFA in dance performance. However it was later brought to my attention that there is a NEW dual degree program being offered at NYU. This includes both the MFA and a MA in dance education. It is almost like an experimental program this year and well I have some pretty great news for you all:


Yes you heard me….

This past week I was notified from –

Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development AND

TISCH School of the Arts

that I am accepted to BOTH programs, to start in the Fall of THIS year.



Oh yes and I was awarded what is called the 21st century scholarship !!



Honestly I can’t believe it. I clearly remember walking into the audition here in Long Beach, early this year. The minute I stepped foot into the studio, I knew I was in the right place. It just felt so good. It’s like nothing else in the world mattered. For the first time in a long time, I fully exhaled, and was sincerely the happiest girl on the planet. So I think that’s somewhat of a sign eh?

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It all just seems so incredible to me.

The school. The city. The professors. The program.

It all ties into my ultimate goals.

After all:  “Eduction is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.”  – Nelson Mandela 

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While I’m relishing in the excitement, I’ll make sure to share more information. It is a huge decision and also another big move. Although why would anyone turn an opportunity like this down?? In the meantime, please feel free to share with me any details you might have on housing or where to live near/on campus. I’ll take all of the help I can get! I’d love to get feedback about anything related to this AMAZING prospect.

Thanks for tuning in to celebrate with me!


Sydney S >>>

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One Comment Add yours

  1. It makes my heart melt to hear you write in your blog about your future career in dance and education and at the same time be filled with love and proudness. I am so glad you have chosen to do SOMETHING; that is the way of moving forward having an awareness and an intention in our lives rather than just let someone else guide us or not doing something at all.
    Bravo, Sydney, bravo!
    Your proud teacher, mentor and friend, juancarlos claudio

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