SUMMER BREAK 2014

Hi! I am officially on summer break! Finals week wrapped up on Thursday and  then my whole weekend was dedicated to band.  I got to play at graduation with the symphonic band and it has finally hit me that I am no longer a first year.  Hello, sophomore-ity!

My freshman year was filled with more ups than downs. Even though I live at home with my parents and commute to Augie, I’ve still gotten plenty of the college experience. I was able to manage my time in between band, homework, work, family, and friends. I went to Japan and had an awesome experience with the Augustana Symphonic Band. I made new friends and kept the old ones.  I’ve gotten to know my professors and my advisors for my majors and I am glad that they will guide me through the rest of my years here at Augie.  Overall, I have grown from a scared little freshman to a confident and curious sophomore.  I cannot wait to see what my next few years at Augie hold in store for me!

Long Time No Blog

Hello there! These past few weeks have been crazy and my upperclassmen friends always tell me that it will only get busier, which I find hard to believe!

One of the most exciting things so far is that I am a Member in Training (M.I.T.) for Sigma Alpha Iota.  It’s a music and social service fraternity and I am so happy that I am able to be a part of it.  

This is a picture with my Bigs, Anna Moorehead and Emily Haskins (from left to right)

For Future Reference

Happy Spring! It will be such nice change to have warm weather after this wacky winter.  Anyways, its almost the end of week 2, and I have been crazy busy!  Jet lag is no joke. I miss Japan, but I feel like it affected my decision making when I was registering for spring term.  The Japan daze I was in allowed me to think I could handle 5 classes (13 credits) this term.  Actually, my train of thought went a little like this, “I can take up to 33 credits a year, I have room for one more class, yay!”.  

In reality, I cannot handle 5 classes along with my band and work schedule.  Plus, Law School is a serious option for my future and I need to keep my G.P.A. high.  And so I had to make a really hard decision and drop my Christian Ethics class, which seemed really interesting.  The professor was very understanding and I hope to take that course in the future.  College is much different than high school and requires serious effort for good grades.  The moral of the story is to look at the big picture of your schedule, not just one aspect of it.  Just because you can take 33 credits a year does not mean you should try to cram them in all at once.  

Sayonara, Japan

During my spring break, I went on tour with the Augustana Symphonic Band in Japan.  I’ve been procrastinating this post because I don’t know how I can begin to describe my experience.  Warning: I am going to be really cliche in attempting to describe the awesomeness of this trip! 

First, I had to make it into the symphonic band and I did as the E flat clarinet player! Thus started my obsession with talking about Japan.  I would bring it up into every conversation because I was so excited.  It was my first time outside of the country and it was phenomenal. Now that I’ve had a few days to reflect upon it, it was sort of like reading a book vs. being in the book. Before Japan, I was really excited but I had no idea of what to expect and I really didn’t try to imagine it.  I wanted my mind to experience Japan with a blank slate.  Being in Japan was like being in the book, it was my own adventure with all my band mates!

Japan was an awesome opportunity which combined two of my favorite things: exploring and band.  I got a taste of the full college experience because I had a roommate in the hotel and I got to know my band mates better.  As a freshman, that is very important! Bonding aside, playing for and with the Japanese ensembles was enriching.  Their performances were amazing and it is obvious that they take pride and pleasure in performing to their highest abilities.  On the other hand, I was incredibly nervous to play for them, but I quickly got over that because they were an appreciative audience.  

Overall, I still can’t believe that I WENT TO JAPAN.  Sorry, my caps lock key must have frozen or something…but it was such a fantastic experience.  I am proud to be an Augustana College student, a part of the Augustana College Symphonic Band, and I can’t wait to see how I continue to grow in these next three years.  Japan seems surreal and I hope to return someday in the future.  For me, its back to the real world and I am ready to tackle spring term.  

First Japan tour concert — Kinki University in Osaka

Winter Term…Check it off the list!

Why hello, what a beautiful and stormy day! I appreciate this weather more than this icky winter weather.  In other news, I am 2/3 done with my freshman year! Time flies when you’re super busy!  And I am so ready for break, most of which I will be spending in Japan.  

I am incredibly excited for the Augustana Symphonic Band tour in Japan.  We’ve had rehearsals at 7:30 am everyday this week and I will admit that it was really hard to wake up that early!  I don’t know how I did it all through high school but I like the college schedule much better.  Anyways, I have been pretty busy this week with finals, work, and band rehearsals, that I haven’t had any time to pack.  What can I say, procrastination is a way of life, but since I have to be at O’Hare at 4 am tomorrow, I’d better start now.  Sayonara!