58 Greene is made up of a diverse group of people. Each member brings something new from usually somewhere new, and the group learns to understand each other in various challenging ways. With different personalities and backgrounds added into our melting pot family, Greenies help to learn from each other as well as to teach each other on a day-to-day basis.
However, a lot of the lessons learned and taught are not necessarily musical. Sure, we learn a thing or two from each other in improving our performances on stage, but personally, I have learned so much more about different people and how a small community of strangers can come to love one another so dearly. From the retreats and rehearsal in the beginning of each semester, Greenies have an uncanny ability to open up to each other, be affectionate with other, and be honest with each other without the fear of being judged. It is a community – no, a family – of people who strive to become more personally attached with people they never knew before, not because they have to, but because they genuinely care and want to.
To me, being a Greenie not only means singing with the best-of-the-best on Michigan’s campus, but allows me to love people who I may have never had the chance to love before. Whether it is through the music or just being able to personally get in touch with other Greenies, the group allows for me to reach out and understand different kinds of people and with genuine care. From our little traditions that are passed down, to the everyday stories we share with one another, Greenies helps me to be a better man by teaching me the importance of creating new and timeless friendships.
In my opinion, it is nearly impossible to be taught “how to be a Greenie”. It cannot be lectured about or read from a textbook, but rather, it is something that Greenies learn from each other and the semesters they spend together. Being a Greenie is made up of the countless experiences of laughter, stress, joy, tears, weekends, and rehearsals that we all share with each other every week.