My first DanceBlue clinic experience was a little less than a year ago, and it is an experience I will never forget. While I was walking over to the clinic, I remember thinking of all the possible scenarios that could happen. Not only was I sweating from the September heat, but I was sweating because I was so nervous. I was extremely worried the kids were not going to like me especially because my hair was growing by the second from the humidity and I was drenched with sweat. I thought my chances of making a good impression went out the door. Once I finally arrived at the clinic, Kristina (one of the amazing child life specialists) could tell I was nervous due to my flustered and disheveled look, but she reassured me I was going to be fine. The next thing I know I was knocking on a door to hang out with the most adorable little girl. She had the brightest smile and the kindest heart, and I could immediately tell we were going to have one heck of a good time. We made glitter flower crowns for two hours and it was probably one of the best things I have ever done. We used about six tubes of glitter and it took me at least three showers to get all the glitter off of my body and my hair, but it was totally worth it. The glitter flower crown that she made me is hanging up in my room and it is a constant reminder of one of the best moments of my life and also why I DanceBlue. The kids and families in the clinic are the heart and soul of DanceBlue and getting to spend time with them every week is an absolute privilege. The families in the clinic say that we change their lives for the better, but what they probably don’t know is they change my life for the better.
Being a part of the DanceBlue community has been one of the best decisions I have made during my college career. Before I was a part of DanceBlue, I had been involved in other extracurriculars but I knew something was missing. DanceBlue was tugging on my heart strings, so I immediately jumped at the opportunity to be involved. I really didn’t know what to expect but being a part of committee this past year was an absolute dream. The love and joy that is spread amongst the DanceBlue community is contagious and something everyone should experience. There is truly nothing better than getting to serve the DanceBlue families with some of your greatest friends. My heart continues to swell for my DanceBlue family and the families in the clinic! I will forever and always be for the kids. With all of that being said, I encourage you to be a part of something that is bigger than yourself. It will truly change your life.