GALA and post-GALA withdrawal
I’m deeply grateful that I was involved in GALA 2014. Being a part of such a community means so much more than just participation. Everything about the show was about Sharing the MOMENT. About a community sharing those moments of culture, celebration, emotion, effort and even sleeplessness. GAAAHHH. I’m so emotionally delirious right now, I can’t stop thinking about the next Gala. Additionally, I cannot stop feeling bad about how one is already behind me and that it is impossible for me to be in Gala “forever.”
An entire week, an entirely precious week, yet I have no qualms with it having been called Hell-week. Currently, I am sore, tired, baggy-eyed and suffering from what my roommate calls “Gala withdrawal.” Clark’s International Students Association started on the build-up for Friday Night/Clark’s BIG EVENT – GALA 2014 “Share the Moment.” When I mean build-up, I mean serious manual labour. All this was surprisingly new, the ratchets, wrenches, dollys, nuts-bolts… terms I would never have associated with anything I’d involve myself in. But all that manual labour was satisfying. And the collective effort behind it, made it somehow fun enough to enjoy. So Sleepless nights apart, I have so much to say about GALA. But its like I’m also withdrawing from imploding too much saccharine gratitude into this one post. Let me just say this: GALA has been THE event of my Clark life so far.
P.S: I was too busy, so the only photos I have were from when we were taking breaks.