Day 32: Believe It, and It Will Happen

Anastasia Smolenski 2018

February 5, 2012. I’m on the floor of my best friend Hannah’s house, plopped uncomfortably close to the television, as though I’m in a movie theater and there are no seats left except for the front row. In this case, the discomfort in my craned neck is completely my choice. I alternate between stress-eating my own personal bowl of guac …

Day 31: Appreciate the Journey

Anika Singh 2018

In the summer of 2006, I came to the East Coast for the first time with my family. My parents decided we were going to rent a car and go road tripping through Pennsylvania and make our way to NYC. My grandpa loves history and decided he wanted to come with. Days into our little road trip, we got lost in Pennsylvania. This …

Day 30: A Change of Pace

Claudio Martinez 2018

I never thought I would ever call New York home. Growing up on the sun-soaked shores of Miami, I had decided at an early age that the city with its crowded streets and endless concrete jungle would be a place in which I would only consider myself a tourist. The idea of home itself is interesting. Some people might say …

Day 29: 90% of the Game is Half-Mental. So Am I.

Jacob Salter 2018

“There is in every madman a misunderstood genius whose idea, shining in his head, frightened people, and for whom delirium was the only solution to the strangulation that life had prepared for him.” – Antonin Artaud, 1896-1948 In order to be truly great at something, at anything, you have to give in to a certain amount of madness. A lot …

Day 28: Measuring Personal Growth

Andrea Galea 2018

As we reach the midpoint of the summer, once unfamiliar surroundings, schedules, and programming have become habitual and akin to routine (however still interspersed with plenty of surprise). I feel as if this is an opportune moment to reflect upon my experience thus far, as well as to note particular positive changes I have undergone due to MSBA and the …