What I’m Thankful For

My family-and their support of my goals in life
My friends
My musical talents and inclinations
My pets
Access to food and water
A place to call home
A roof over my head and a place to sleep each night
My work ethic
Many other things…

Happy Thanksgiving! What are you thankful for? Let me know in the comments or tweet me at (@)itsmixedarts!
Thanks for reading!

Papers in College

In my experience, you have to write quite a few papers in college. They might be short, or they might be long. Here, I am going to explain how I approach writing a paper in college.

First, I need to have a topic. Sometimes, I am assigned a topic, but lately I have had my choice with topics as long as they fit the class. Once I know my topic, I start researching and figuring out what to include in my paper. I also keep a record of the sources that I have come across by logging them in a note in OneNote. After I have a good idea of the content I want to include in my paper, I write an outline. I don’t always follow it exactly, but it serves as a guide and a way to organize the subject. Then I write the first draft. I don’t write for too long at a time, because there comes a point with anything where I will not be productive. I come back to my paper later, occasionally giving it a couple days. I skim through what is already written, and add what feels right. Sometimes I do some more research while I am writing to clear up anything that I am unsure of and to find sources that back up claims that I find myself making.
Once I am done, I have a friend or family member look at it, make any changes they recommend, and then I am done.
That’s how I write a paper in college.
Thanks for reading!

My Sheet Music
My Twitter
My Youtube (I am not currently posting videos, but I would love to sometime in the future).

Happy Veterans Day plus Where I’ve Been

First, I would like to wish everyone vets and non-vets alike a happy Veterans Day! This day is probably one of the under appreciated holidays of the year. My college town has strong ties to Veterans Day, so the whole town basically shut down today to celebrate. Classes were canceled for college and K-12 schools, I’m sure that most public services were closed, with the exception if emergency services. As part of the university marching band, I marched in the parade, and we played the songs for each of the branches of the military as we marched down the town’s main street. It was a cool experience, and the parade drew a HUGE crowd on the sidelines.
Now onto why, if you’ve read my blog before, you are probably reading this post. I took a break from blogging to focus on school, and I am not ready to go back to two posts a week. That goal works when I am not in classes and rehearsal five to six days a week. I have quite a bit of stuff going on in my life, but I want to make blogging part of that life again. I will not be able to give myself a schedule, because school still comes first, but when an idea strikes, I will put it into works and post it here. I hope you understand.
If you want to keep up with me daily, I do have a twitter account where I post more, and I would like to post daily on there soon. Check me out at @itsmixedarts