As the end of the semester approaches I have spent a lot of time thinking about how I have grown. When I come home I know that family, friends, past teachers, etc. are going to be asking about my first semester at college. Do you like your classes? What are you learning? Do you like college? How is it being so far from home. It’s not that I don’t like talking about myself (yes, I know how that sounds), and it’s not that I don’t like talking about school. It’s that this semester has seen a lot of little wins for me. It’s the small personal stuff that has been significant as opposed to the academic stuff which I would normally have such an easy time sharing. Not that the small personal things are of any less value, but they are harder to talk about because to acknowledge progress is to acknowledge where you were before you started making progress and to acknowledge all the stupid shit you’ve done and the mistakes you’ve made that brought you to your growth. It’s valuable for me to know and to see, but perhaps it is a bit harder to explain to others. Wow this post is making me seem like I’m really not doing well and not like college. That is not the case. I’m getting As and Bs, I have great friends, I am a happy person (sure I was homesick for a while, but that’s to be expected…), and I’m actually doing a really good job of taking care of myself. I’m working out, eating healthy food, keeping in touch with friends from high school, and I directed a show. I have had a lot of wins this semester and I think that’s easy to forget (especially in the stress of finals week). All in all I think I’m off to a pretty good start, and I’m excited about a lot of things next semester.
Let’s talk about music. I absolutely love music, most music actually. There are very few artists that I don’t listen to. I love everything from Sam Cooke, to ABBA, Led Zepplin, to Post Malone, Taylor Swift to Michael Seyer. And Adele. And musicals of course. I think that not having a roommate has allowed me to dive further into my obsession with music because I can play it whenever I want in my room. This is actually the main reason I have to go to the library if I actually want to get work done, because I will happily stay in my room dancing around to music for hours. Oh! And Jack White, I love Jack White. Okay I think you get it, that I like a lot of music. I grew up listening to a wide variety of artists and I just continued to grow further into my own musical tastes. My dad has spent most of his life as a professional drummer and I grew up listening to classic rock with him in the car as well as a wide variety of other stuff. My first album was Elephant by The White Stripes and I can distinctly remember my third grade talent show where I performed Dani California by The Red Hot Chili Peppers. My mum on the other hand listens to Adele and the Dixie Chicks and Sarah McLachlan. On top of that, I have eight years of classical training on cello and ten years of playing under my belt and years of singing as well. I don’t know what it is about it but to me music is everything. I should clarify, I don’t like everything, I do have artists and songs that I do not like, but still to me music is everything.