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Chasing the Dream: Musical Theatre
February 24. A large portion of my 2018 year goals/plans can soar or crumble based on my actions of that day, February 24. As the new year rolls around, I love seeing the messages of hope and encouragement. Seeing goals made and pursued. To see individuals mentally and physically decide that this year is a new start for them. There's some serious motivation there. When I dig deep down, I understand I need to make goals more often, for longer periods of time, yada yada yada. But my goal list could turn one way or another on February 24. No, it's not my birthday, nor is it an anniversary of anything I've done previously. February 24 is the date of my audition for the Musical Theatre Program at Weber State University in Ogden, Utah. For those that don't know, I live in Farmington, NM, a small city in the Four Corners area where Arizona, Colorado, New Mexico and Utah all meet. In reference to that date, I want to dedicate this post to the importance of chasing your dream. To chase you dream, you must research, act, and be willing to accept the results.
Theatre Family: The Ultimate Acceptance
The year was 2005 when I quit football (for the second time) at my high school. My once "brotherhood" quickly turned against me and said some pretty hateful things. To this day I still regret it and I didn't think I'd find anything else I was good at doing. I am a 6'2", 290lbs guy, and in high school I was 6'2" and weighed close to 275, so my size gave me a pretty good advantage at sports. Sports were what I felt like I should do. My first love was baseball, and while I was passionate about it, I just wasn't that great of a baseball player, and it took me a long time to accept that. Next came basketball, which I became my best at in comparison to my peers when I was in about the 5th grade, and then I just plateaued. Football was the next sport I tried, because I felt very much invited and encouraged and motivated from other football coaches to play (I mean, like I said before, I was the chubby kid in the corner).
Creative Ways to Decorate Your Graduation Cap
As your final school project, decorating your graduation cap is a fun way to express yourself. Though not every school will allow you to wear them to the actual ceremony, you can always have some fun with an attachable option for grad photos.
Work Hard, Play Harder: The Top Party Schools in America
Before we get started, let's be perfectly clear: There is a huge difference between partying and violence. There is also a huge difference between partying and self-harm. College parties too often end with sexual assault and alcohol poisoning. That's not the kind of partying we're talking about here.
Surviving Your 1st Year at Uni in the UK
To say that I went into university unprepared is an understatement, as I had no idea of what was in store for me—or where to look for practical advice.
To Be Dependent, or To Not Be Dependent Is The Question
What do I do? I'm so dependent upon everyone, how will I ever become independent? This is what I was thinking in my first year of college. I was so wrapped up in being with my family to where it just didn't feel right to even live in a dorm. Let alone, away from familiar faces, sounds, etc. This is the story I'm about to tell you, I hope you are able to somehow relate, and find a sort of independence through reading this.
On your way to University, the first things that go through your mind are: yay, I get to be away from my parents, I can eat whatever I want, I have full emancipation and all freedom to live my life, and I'm going to make these four years count. You probably thought that you would join a million and one different societies, get honors in your major and just fly through each year of university in a breeze.
Questions from Undergrad: Why Did I Do That?
I’ve walked across the stage. Received the fancy diploma case. Shook hands with the chancellor and forced big smiles at the flashing cameras. As I sit back into my folded chair on a breezy spring day, I think: ah, I’ve made it. I got the diploma. I got through whatever blur of a college experience that was to finally see my friends and family take me in open arms and say, “You did it!” And how did I get here? In the midst of developing within the 18-22 age group, I, as well as many others, have gone through all-nighters, poor decisions, relationship ups and downs, academic barriers, and just plain old shit hitting the fan on the journey to the good ole Bachelor’s degree. Making it here means I somehow made slightly more good decisions than bad. College is not always a soap opera and things can also go quite smoothly in the college career; however, there have been some interesting and challenging moments experienced due to some of my own making. Going through challenging obstacles and dealing with shit in fans is also somewhat a part of the college experience—make mistakes to learn from them; by doing so, you’ll come out of college a smarter, more functional human being. At any rate, I thought I would write down things that still pop up in my head to this day about my undergraduate life and think, “What the..? Wait, why did I think that was a good idea?” If you’re a first-year student or even further in your journey to the degree, maybe this will act as a warning, but even then, chances are you’ll end up dealing with your own unique bad and good decisions anyway. If you’ve graduated, perhaps this will be somewhat relatable. Or, at the very least, my odd decisions will finally be of use as entertainment.
Early Colleges USA
I am currently a junior in high school, but I begin taking courses next semester. By the time I get my diploma, I will have an Associate's degree or transfer certificate in political science. How is this possible? I entered The Early College (TEC) at Lansing Community College. Early/Middle colleges are available all around the United States, but there isn’t enough information around about them. The information provided is based on my experiences in TEC.
What I Learned in My Gap Year
College has always been a rocky boat for me, especially leading up to my high school graduation. One minute I wanted to go, the next I didn’t. Looking back I always subconsciously knew that I wasn’t ready. I wasn’t really ready to give myself the huge responsibility that is college. I finally decided (very last minute) that I would take a year off to work. I would save up money and put it all towards my future education. Little did I know that my decision to take a year would affect everyone I knew, because everyone decided to give me their opinions on my life!!! (Notice my angry sarcasm?) Some family supported my decision fully; they said that college isn't for everyone and you can't force it. Some even tried to convince me that I shouldn't go at all. Other family looked at me like I killed someone. They told me that I was making a huge mistake. It was a wild couple of months, especially when the holidays came around. All I dealt with that year was people telling me what was right for me. Trust me, none of them knew what was right for me. Only I knew what was right for me. First thing I learned: You can't listen to anyone else but yourself. You live for you.
Here's my take on college planning and what all needs to be thought about! Research and Compare First things first, you need to establish what you want to do for post secondary! Once you've figured that out, you can research different types of schools. I was already familiar with the schools that offered my program, so I did some research on the overview of courses, cost of schooling, cost of living, and so on for each school! I narrowed down my top five schools and applied to them.
Declaring a Minor Not Similar to Your Major
First off, it is important to note that a lot of colleges and universities will dictate that you have a minor relevant to your choice of a major. In fact, some colleges and universities will not let you enroll or participate in classes or any other part of the college experience if you do not do this.