Night Time Hangs:
After Evening Performance, students are welcome to visit with each other's dorms until 10pm. Lots of students take this time to socialize, and it's not uncommon to see groups of people hanging outside on the patio, gathered in the dorm lounges, or hanging out in suites. RAs and staff float around to say hi, checking in and taking note of the social dynamics of the whole community. One wonderful thing about GIA is the intention we set around forming community, and times like these are good opportunities to shed social habits (like the formation of cliques) that are common in high school.
Getting Ready for Bed:
Between 10-10:30 pm, students are expected to be back in their suites. They take this time to do whatever they need to do to help them gtet ready for bed. Shower, teeth brushing, checking in with an RA...some Suites have an optional nightly meeting, which is a nice way to cap the day. Sometimes a faculty member will visit for a "Suite Nothing," where they will share stories, a song, or sometimes meditation and writing exercises. At 10:30, we maintain a "lights out" policy to make sure that everyone gets their much deserved rest
For lots of students, coming to GIA is the first time they have ever been away from home for an extended period. Over the course of two weeks, it's reasonable for students to experience feelings of homesickness, exhaustion, or anxiety over being in a new place for so long. The people who run GIA are intensely dedicated to the student experience, and the RAs, staff, and faculty are all invested in being present and available for students who are facing the challenge of being away from home. If you are a prospective student or parent who is interested in GIA, but apprehensive about the long term "overnight" nature of the program, we encourage you to be brave...and try it! This opportunity is an amazing way to immerse yourself in a supportive community of like-minded, artistically driven peers and professional artists. Take the plunge! It just might change your life....