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Abigail Larsen's Cornerstone Story
Jeanine Marlow

How Abigail Manages Being a Fulltime Student and Dancer

Sleep, school, dance repeat. As a fulltime time student at Cornerstone, and a fulltime dancer, it can be difficult to manage all my responsibilities. Between tests, assignments, and hours of choreography to memorize, navigating the day is quite strenuous.

To give me a grip on what I need to accomplish, I plan. Planning out my week in a planner or just on a piece of paper is key in the effort of time management. Here’s what that plan usually looks like. First things first, I wake up at roughly 6 a.m. (oddly enough one of the more difficult tasks of the day).

Then I like to spend about an hour getting myself ready and getting my school supplies together. I find it’s always a good idea to leave about 15 minutes devoted to nothing. This time gives the opportunity to print out any last minute documents, finish assignments, or simply breathe.


"Cornerstone allows me to excel in my learning as well as my dance. I couldn’t be thriving in both without the flexibility and independence of Cornerstone."

Abigail Larsen


By 7:30 a.m., I’m out the door. From 8:30 a.m.-3:45 p.m. I am in class doing my best to track not only what I am doing at the moment but also figuring how to maximize my class time.

These are questions I ask myself when I am in school, and being given assignments:

  • Can I multitask?
  • Can I finish this during lunch?
  • When should I start this? 

After school it's straight to the studio. The khakis are replaced with a leotard and tights and the hair goes in a bun. After a ballet class or two and either a tap, contemporary, jazz or modern class gets through, it's typically around 9 p.m. and time to go home. After I get home, it is to the books.

My time after dance at night tends to be my most productive, so I try to get  as much done as I can before midnight strikes. Before I go to sleep every day is when I plan the next day. Then between the hours of 11 p.m.-3 a.m. (depending on whether I've procrastinated or not), it's time to hit the hay. Then at 7:30 a.m. on Tuesday/Thursday the cycle repeats beginning with a 9:30 a.m. ballet class and ending with late night school work.

Indeed my schedule is hectic, but I do what I do because I love it. Cornerstone allows me to excel in my learning as well as my dance. I couldn’t be thriving in both without the flexibility and independence of Cornerstone.

To discover how your child can pursue their passions and be a fulltime student using Cornerstone's University-Model, click here.

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