Hey there readers!
Spring is springing here on Guilford campus! Spring so lovely at Guilford, I feel like with everything in nature coming alive and blooming, the students do too and everyone comes out on the quad and soaks up the rays of the North Carolina sun we’re so lucky to have shining down on us. But oh, the allergies! I feel like I am extra sensitive to allergies because it directly affects a large portion of the work I do every day (singing with a dry throat is nearly impossible!) But with the right doses of local honey and regular sleep, it’s definitely manageable; and it is a small price to pay to get to be here in the beautiful weather on this beautiful campus.
Serendipity is this weekend! I think Serendipity is a beautiful way to welcome in the springtime and celebrate the Guilford community that is made up of so many incredible people, and to highlight so much of the creative talent that we have here. I am lucky enough to have the opportunity to play an acoustic set on Saturday by the lake along with some other talented musical Guilford folks, as well as participate in an event as part of a theme house, so I am looking forward to that after a week of lots of hard work.
On another note- I am constantly amazed by the correlations between my vocal studies and my academic studies. I feel as though at first consideration, being relaxed and centered is something that may seem easy- all you have to do is nothing, right?! Wrong! I have to remind myself sometimes how much work really does go into the delicate balance of controlling and letting go of the subconscious control of muscles I would have never have known that I had unless I was a vocal major. And I feel like this is an important lesson in my daily academic life - letting to of small things that I’d like to be able to do but can’t, and focusing on the big, necessary, and important things with calm but powerfully focused mindset. And as I progress academically and take more classes as the years progress, I discover more of my academic “muscles” that I didn’t know I had and learning how to control and hone them to achieve a level of academic success I know I am capable of.
A new favorite part of my day is waking up to daily emails sent to my from my wonderful Mom- and they always have a quote at the end to lift my spirits up and inspire me. It's an amazing way to start my day fresh and motivated. In honor of that, I like to end my blog posts with a quote, so I’ll leave you with this one:
“Imagination is the suspension of disbelief.”
Imagine what you can do if you can just start creating it in your mind and believe that you can do it! Concepts like this remind me why I love being at Guilford. Through the people I meet, classes I take, and experiences and opportunities that I’m lucky enough to say that I’ve had, I am constantly encouraged to push myself farther to do the things I’d like to do and believe in my own power and strength to realize what I imagine.