This past Friday I had the privilege of attending the Manifest Alumni Party hosted by my Alma Mater, Columbia College Chicago. The Manifest Urban Arts Festival is Columbia’s premier showcase of student work, featuring gallery exhibitions, live performances, fashion shows, readings and more. I met some amazing people at the alumni party, which was Brazilian themed at a great space called LOFT in the South Loop of Chicago. I really felt a sense of belonging at the party, especially when the dancing started. Everyone was so self expressed in their own way. People were dancing (and you knew who the dance majors were on the dance floor), or enjoying the vibe. It felt great to be a part of it, this melting pot of self expression – but that’s what happens when you put a room full of creative people together. I was looking at the Columbia College mission statement online, and one of the bullet points reads “to help students to find out who they are and to discover their own voices, respect their own individuality, and improve their self-esteem and self-confidence” – mission accomplished!
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