10 Lessons From Governor’s School

Playing with lamplight and a tree

Playing with lamplight and a tree

Hello, friends! For the last five and a half weeks, I have been studying theatre, among other things at an academic program known as Governor’s School. In this program, students across the state are selected to further their studies in their main subject. For example, I came to Governor’s School for theatre, but others were there to study dance, English, math, etc. While at GSE, students would take classes for their main subject, but also in classes related to understanding self and the world around us. Governor’s School was a very eye opening experience and I feel like I’ve grown as both a lifelong learner and person. I learned a ton from my time there, and I’d like to share that with you today:

Be open to new perspectives

Governor’s School encourages sharing views and opinions openly. It’s a place where your voice is heard and respected. Your opinion may not be the same as someone else’s, and that’s okay. However, it’s important to recognize that people come from all walks of life and honor that.

Be humble

When I first came to Governor’s School, I had this huge ego. I thought I was the best actress and I was so smart,etc. I was so wrong. GSE taught me that there’s always smarter than you or more talented than you, so stay humble in the knowledge that who you are is enough.

People aren’t always what they seem

Don’t rely on first impressions when you first meet someone. They might come off as a certain way upon first glance, but getting to know them may reveal a totally different side.

Technology is a supplement, not a requirement

Governor’s School strongly advocates living without technology. Though it’s hard in this technological age to peel away from our devices, it’s refreshing to take a step back and be present with the world around you.

Collaboration is key

In theatre, we worked on a lot of group projects, creating scenes, presentations, etc. We learned that the final product is better when people work together and share ideas rather than having one person dictating what’s going to happen.

Big person vs. Little person

It’s fine not to be the loudest person in the room the time. Sometimes it’s better to sit back and listen rather than being the center of attention all the time. Just give and take.

Abstract thinking is beautiful

Sometimes we have this idea that there’s only one way to a solution, but coming around at different angles to reach that solution is a wonderful thing. Everyone thinks differently and there’s beauty in that.

Get out of your comfort zone

You’ll never know until you try, right? Trust me, it’s so much more fun to do things you’re not familiar with, rather than being in that gray area.

Expose yourself to all kinds of people

At Governor’s School, there were so many people with so much to offer. I found that it was more fun to talk to many different kinds of people, rather than sticking to people that I was comfortable talking to. However, growing and building relationships with people you’re closer is a great thing, too.

Communication is important

If you have an opinion on something, don’t be afraid to say it. I know that it was helpful with my suite mates and I to talk to communicate with each other in order for us to all be happy. Your voice has value. Share it.

I hope you enjoyed this post about Governor’s School! I had an amazing time and will remember it for the rest of my life.

-Love Ling


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