One Chapter Over, Next Chapter Has Begun

As many of you know, I finally walked in Graduation! I sat through commencement with my phone, sat next to one of the coolest girls I had a class with, and it was generally uneventful. Except that it was at 9 am. And not with the school of Music. You see, at Stetson, the School of Music and Business school go together, and the College of Arts and Sciences goes at a different time on the same day. Since I got a BA instead of a BM, I walked with the Arts and Sciences kids. Which, don’t get me wrong, I love them. But I still wish I could have walked with all of my music friends and seen all of the music professors in their regalia.

Anyways.

I got the audition and diagnostic materials for OKCU, and IT IS GOING TO BE A LONG SUMMER. To anyone considering doing a Masters degree, make sure you keep ALL of your notes from EVERY CLASS. They dredge up stuff from Music Theory I that you may have gone over once on the second day of class and never used again. It’s really important that you pass these exams too, or they put you in remedial classes that your financial aid/scholarship doesn’t cover, AND it pushes back your graduation date.

Bottom line, If you don’t want to work, Don’t do a Masters degree. It’s not a cakewalk.

It amazes me how many people take for granted their education and make snide remarks about how much they hate school/teachers/other people, etc. It’s really been getting me down lately, and I’m trying to recover from a massive bassoon rut I got into in the last few weeks. It also probably doesn’t help that I have to learn Symphonie Fantastique, and that bassoon part is just daunting. I know I’ll be able to do it given time, but at the moment it seems like it’s almost impossible.

The stress of a cross-country move, multiple diagnostic exams, and auditions to complete is a bit excessive at times, but luckily I have my family and really good friends to take my mind off of it for a little bit.

Another bit of advice I can give to any young bassoonists reading this at the moment, keep a notebook of all the important articles, scales sheets, and programs you may have gotten from concerts you played in during your high school career. I had none for bassoon from high school, but in college we were required to keep one. It has saved my butt so many times, it’s a massive help to have around and have everything handy.

On a completely different and sad note:

Pray for everyone in Moore, and for everyone in the surrounding areas of Oklahoma City who were affected by the tornado on Monday. The Red Cross is taking donations of $10 by texting REDCROSS to 90999 or by calling 800 RED-CROSS. If you’re in or near Oklahoma City, volunteers are also needed to help clean up the debris.

❤ you OKC.

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