It wasn’t until nine pm that night that I truly understood what being a Pace Setter meant; when I was staring at a crowd so up close and personal yet being so comfortable to share with the audience what I had to say. At that moment I am no longer just Gabi the individual, I am Gabi with something to share with everyone who wants to listen. I am here to express myself in the best way I can, through movement and and the rhythm of the beat. I am here to put on a show for the audience and to be a voice to them through dance. So many things, emotions, and feelings can be voiced through dance and connect with the audience way better and more crispy clear than any words could ever do.
Being a Pace Setter means doing things you normally wouldn't do, giving back to the community, representing your friends, family, teammates, etc. in the best way possible. A Pace Setter works through obstacles and is a problem solver. To me a Pace Setter is determined, motivated, and open-minded. A Pace Setter is always looking for greater challenges and trying to grow not only on the dance floor but also in their personal and professional life. With that being said, a Pace Setter isn't that just on the stage but in their house, in school, in the community. Being a Pace Setter means having a voice, using it for good, and creating bigger, better things. A voice is at it's strongest when there is passion behind every word you speak. A voice speaks volumes at it's loudest when you have a vision. A voice defeats all of your fears when you have clarity. With that, I have realized that anything is possible. With those three things: passion, a vision, and clarity, you can accomplish everything you want to and more.
From this experience, I can lend my voice to the George Mason class of 2018 by inspiring people that there are many more ways than one to express yourself. If someone struggles with verbally expressing themselves, it's not the end of the world. I want to...