25 Things You Didn’t Know About Me

In this post, I will be doing something that was popular on YouTube a couple years ago, I’m not sure if it has been done in blog form, but I am going to do it anyway. I wil be listing 25 things you may not know about me.

1. I have one sister who is almost exactly four years younger than me. Our birthdays are three days apart.
2. I have not eaten any meat besides turkey or chicken in over a year. I just don’t like the taste of red meat or fish.
3. My best friend and I met in kindergarten and despite taking different paths in life, fifteen years later, we are still extremely close.
4. I will eat potatoes cooked just about any way. I love mashed potatoes, fries, baked potatoes, all of it.
5. I love the beach, and it is my dream to move to either California, Florida, or some place in the Carribean.
6. I went to a very small private high school and had a graduating class of eight people, including me.
7. I need sleep more than most people, and I cannot stay up too late or wake up too late.
8. In addition to flute as my main instrument, I can play piano, clarinet, saxophone, piccolo, a little oboe, and a little ukulele.
9. I know roughly 6500 words in Spanish, and that number is increasing.
10. Because of my knowledge of Spanish, I can read and understand about 60-70% of Portuguese.
11. I have been able to read music since I was six years old.
12. I will still buy bags and other items from Vera Bradley.
13. Music theory comes very easily to me, and I can more quickly understand the concepts.
14. My dream job is to be a self-employed flutist, private flute teacher, and composer/arranger.
15. I want to some day reach fluency in Spanish.
16. I love the song “Billie Jean” by Michael Jackson, because it brings back happy memories. It is not my favorite song, but I associate it with good things.
17. I have found a couple of college textbooks that were under ten dollars, and they were from the college bookstore.
18. I am super close to my immediate family. I love my parents and my sister, and I don’t know what I would do without them.
19. I love the smell of coffee, but I can’t stand the taste.
20. I just turned 20 last month.
21. I don’t remember this, but my friend told me that when we were younger and both of my parents smoked, we would try and hide the cigarettes from my dad. Neither of my parents smoke anymore.
22. I would love to go on a Mediterranean cruise for a vacation sometime in the future.
23. My junior of high school, I wrote a play for a class which was then produced by my school’s theatre program.
24. I have never broken a bone.
25. I really like social media and connecting with people from all over the world on this lovely thing called the Internet.
Those were 25 things you might not have known about me, but now you do. Is there anything interesting about you that you want to share? Post it in the comments below!
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Make Sleep a Priority

We have started to enter the back-to-school season. Whether you are already back in school, you start in the next week, or you still have some time, I have one important piece of advice for this and every subsequent school year (as well as breaks). Start to make sleep a priority. When you are low on sleep, your body will not function as well as it could be. If you are in high school or college, you need more sleep than average for humans. I know that the start of school brings many changes. You go from having almost nothing to do to having a jam packed schedule of classes, activities, possibly a job, and then you have to find time to do your homework and socialize with people. How do you make it work? I can’t say for sure, because I am still figuring out how to balance everything. It takes a lot of planning, but you have to be willing to take care of your self. I think that sleep should be a priority for everyone. Maybe that means not continuing with certain activities or cutting back your work hours. As a teenager or young adult, we need sleep, more than adults. According to the National Sleep Foundation, high schoolers need 8-10 hours of sleep per night and college aged young adults need 7-9 hours per night. Although, keep in mind that we are all different, and your sleep needs might not match that of a friend or family member. In a world where it is normal to be constantly busy, we need to take time for ourselves and take care of our bodies and brains. Sleep effects a lot of stuff.

If you want to learn more about how much sleep you need click here.
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College Truths? Debunked

If you are on the internet as much as I am, you have probably come across someone blabbering about things that will inevitably happen when you are in college. Some of them are accurate, we all go through them, but not all of the “truths” are true for everyone. Here is a list of some college truths debunked.

Truth #1: You WILL pull an all-nighter.
My Experience: I don’t know about you, but I have had two years of college-more if I counted the classes I took while in high school-and I have never had to stay up all night to finish a project or assignment. Now, I’m definitely not the biggest procrastinator, but I do like my personal time. How have I avoided all-nighters? I either do assignments as soon as I can after they are assigned, or I make sure that I will have enough time later on to get everything done.
Truth #2: You WILL gain the Freshman Fifteen.
My Experience: Sure, I have gained a bit of weight since starting college, but that is because I don’t exactly have the healthiest of eating and fitness habits. If you eat well and get some physical activity, you won’t necessarily gain weight.
Truth #3: You won’t have fun unless you spend every night at a party.
My Experience: I don’t like parties or being in large groups for an extended period of time. Add in drugs, alcohol, and the atmosphere of parties, and you have found my hell. Why should I go to a party if I know I will be miserable, just to avoid FOMO? If you are not a party person, that’s okay. There are other ways to have fun.
Truth #4: You have to live with a roommate in the dorms your freshman year.
My Experience: For my freshman year, I went to a community college, and it was not an option for me to live in a dorm. I have turned out fine. Now, I’m a junior and have just moved in to the dorms for the first time at my university. I don’t have a roommate, and I don’t want one. I have a very particular way of living, and I don’t want to have to account to anyone. I will probably eventually share an apartment with someone, but I will cross that bridge when I get to it.
Truth #5: You shouldn’t transfer.
My Experience: if you start at a community college and want a bachelors degree, you will have to transfer. If you don’t end up liking the university you first chose to attend, you should transfer to a school where you feel you belong. Transferring, while not ideal, can give you a chance to find a better school if you believe one is out there.
For more on transferring, click here
Truth #6: You should never shop at your university bookstore.
My Experience: If possible, you should try to find the lowest price for all of your books. Most of the time, the bookstore at your college won’t make that list, but sometimes it will. One of my political science books was $8 at the bookstore. An environmental science book was also less than $10. Also, I think you should consider using your bookstore for books with access codes. If you buy a book from Amazon or rent it from Chegg, the book probably won’t have an access code. That means you will just have to purchase one later, spending more money when you could have spent more upfront and saved money in the end. The last instance is when you have to get a book written specifically for your class. It might only be offered at the bookstore. The bookstore can be a helpful place to make things easier, so don’t completely avoid it, but don’t go crazy.
I hope you enjoyed reading my thoughts on college “truths” that I believe aren’t. College is an amazing experience, and it is different for everyone. Don’t buy into the belief that your experience will be the same as everyone else’s. You are your own person.
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Should Foreign Languages Be Required in School?

I have always love learning foreign languages. They are very interesting to me, and they can open doors to a new culture. I love being able to read and listen to things in a different language. I know that not everyone has this feeling, but I have more of a passion for languages than most. What I do think, though, is that everyone should be required to take at least one year of a foreign language in school. I also believe that there should be a foreign language requirement for every bachelor’s degree. Since there are no absolute requirements in every state, some people are able to go their entire lives without learning one word of a second language. This is absurd to me, because of the increase in globalization, and the United States could easily fall behind if the upcoming generations are not prepared to communicate in a different language. Yes, I know that for some, a foreign language class (or classes) is required for high school and/or college, but that is not the case for everyone. One of my best friends is currently in school to be an elementary school teacher. Her high school did not have a language requirement for graduation, and because she has zero hours for elective classes, she couldn’t take a second language even if she wanted to. I think it is crazy that many future teachers will have not been trained in a foreign language. The number of immigrants to the United States has been growing, and it is not projected to stop anytime soon. How are these teachers supposed to communicate with their foreign students, or the parents of those students, if the teacher only speaks English? Is this the most pressing issue in our society? No, but so many other countries require proficiency in a second language, that it is ridiculous that the United States has not followed the trend. This, of course, is in part due to the fact that many states are cutting their education budgets, but that’s a topic for another day.
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What I’m Doing

As I write this, I am gearing up to move out of my family’s house for the first time, but when you read this, I will have already started classes at my new university. I have been through a lot to get to where I am, and I have a long way to go from here. I just transferred from a different university, and I couldn’t be more excited to get a fresh start. I don’t want to disclose where I am attending school, all I will say is that it’s a small state school not too far from where I call home.

I am studying music, which I love, and I have a single dorm. I just had my first experience of band camp, and it was quite the experience. Marching band will work me hard, but I am trying to have a positive outlook. Since I am a music major, I have quite a few classes this semester. I’m taking earth science with lab, music theory, aural skills, music history, marching band, concert band, flute lessons, flute choir, piano lessons, music convocation (recital attendance), and I am hoping to test out of the basic piano requirements. Fingers crossed. That’s twelve classes for a grand total of nineteen(-ish) credit hours. Here is a breakdown of how they add up:
Earth science lecture: 4
Earth science lab: 1
Music theory: 3
Aural skills: 1
Music history: 3
Marching band: 1
Concert band: 1
Flute lessons: 2
Flute choir: 1
Piano lessons: 1
Music convocation: 0, yes there is a zero credit hour class
Piano test: 1-4, depending on how well I do
It’s a little crazy, so I might not be able to post as many blogs during the semester, but I do want to keep up with the blog and post regularly. I don’t plan on getting a job, because I will be so busy with school and practice, but I will be uploading some songs to my website through Musicaneo (link below), if you are interested. Hopefully, I will have a few posts already written, edited, and scheduled before I start classes so that I can see how busy I will be and how much time I can dedicate to blogging during the semester. I would love to be able to publish two posts per week, but that might not be possible, and I don’t want to commit to something that I can’t follow through on.
As of the time of publishing, I have enough posts for two a week through mid-September.
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