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    Surprising talents abound at Case

    Divya Aggarwal

    Issue date: 4/17/09 Section: Opinion
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    The start of college for a freshman is a mix of excitement and chaos. At the beginning of this year, I decided to embrace the insanity instead of shy away from it. Looking back at those first couple weeks, I am so happy I decided to branch out and meet as many people as I could.

    In meeting those people, I discovered that an immense amount of talent exists on this campus. I've met countless self-taught guitar players, DJs, chefs, artists, writers, satirists, actors, singers, directors, photographers…the list goes on. I've met a PowerPoint champion, a Dance Dance Revolution maniac, a chess wiz, some comedians, and of course some computer geniuses (this is Case, after all).

    I think it would be unfair for me to say that the talent on this campus is limited to the undergraduate body. Believe it or not, there are a lot of cool faculty members here. Most, if not all, of them have made some incredible achievements within their fields or are in the midst of doing so now.

    Seeing all this talent gives me another reason to be excited to go to school here. Frankly, sometimes it seems that people lose sight of what's good at Case; they for some reason need to be convinced that this place isn't so bad. I admit, I used to be one of those people, but once I saw the talent firsthand I immediately began to take more pride in the university. I knew I wanted to be a part of this group of fascinating people.

    I know a lot of you are probably talking to the newspaper, asking, "What fascinating people?" They exist - you just have to go out there and make an effort to meet them (yes, even if there is only one month left in the year). You never know what kind of influence your peers can have on you. I never thought I would be so awed by the people here or learn from them, but everyone is willing to share something, whether it is their knowledge, experiences, opinions, or insight.

    One thing I truly cherish about my college experience so far is having found a talent of mine that I never knew existed. While I am no Madonna or Beyoncé, I found my singing voice here at Case. Like many other college experiences, this one happened spontaneously in my residence hall's common room, where a jam session was taking place. The room was flooded with talent and excitement and I just had to take part. Before the beginning of the school year I was completely self-conscious about singing in public, but the others encouraged me to rock out, and I did. From then on I was even more proud to be at Case, a place where talent is shared and encouraged.

    Thanks to the many talented friends I've made here, I have also started playing pool, am learning to play guitar (although that one has proved to be somewhat of a challenge for me), and have discovered Adobe Photoshop, among many other things. It is all that and more that completely convinces me it is not hard at all to get something more than an education from your college experience, especially here at Case.

    Divya Aggarwal is a first-year pre-med student. She enjoys dancing, friends, and film in her spare time.

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