Sara Baurley

While dance often seems like a simple every day with a clear path, it comes with its own major decisions. Early on, you pick your favorite styles to train in and decide how much time you want to dance each week, but as you grow, decisions like switching studios, applying to college dance programs, or pursuing a dance career will pop up. Making these decisions can feel like you have the entire world on your shoulders which can cause plenty of unnecessary stress. Having a strategy for approaching decisions and making them thoughtfully is essential.

Don’t Rush the Process

It makes sense to want to make a decision as soon as possible so that you stop stressing. However, a rushed decision is not usually the best one. When you come to an answer too quickly, it may be the easier or more comfortable decision that you might have only chosen out of fear or stress. Be sure to take as long as you need to pick what is best for you as a person. Take your time, and think about what is right for you and what will make you happy long-term. It is your life, your time, and your happiness.

Pros and Cons

Pros and cons lists are versatile and fun! Whether it was about a crush, a college, or anything else. But they are commonly used for a reason. Weighing out the pros and cons of the situation is a great way to see all of the details from fun to stressful. These lists can prompt additional questions. For example, maybe a pro for a potential college dance program is that the school is out-of-state which will allow you to explore, but maybe the overall distance is farther than you’d like, a con. Asking these questions will help you weigh the impact.

Looking Ahead

Think about how your decision is going to impact your future. Is it going to help you get closer to your dreams and goals? Or, is it going to take you further from them or just keep you stagnant? Think about what you want to achieve, and map out your process for getting there. Creating a timeline and knowing what you are after is a great way to make a decision.

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Trina Hannah is a graphic design major and dancer at Siena Heights University. She loves all things creative including photography, painting, and writing. Trina has a passion for helping other young women build up their self esteem and chase their dreams all while making a positive impact.