Start of Something New

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Last night was the 10th year anniversary of High School Musical, and you bet I watched the movie with the cast commentary last night on Disney Channel! It’s crazy to think that movie first played 10 years ago. It feels like it was only yesterday…

That movie, while extremely cheesy, makes me so happy. I mean it was a part of my child hood. (Even though technically I only started to like it after a little while of it being out.) I still know just about all of the words and several of the dances too.

One song that has been stuck in my head all day is “The Start of Something New”  (which is slightly ironic because I missed that part of the movie last night).

The song has seemed fitting today though because many new things have happened. I got my new piccolo!! (I had never played one before today and that was interesting, but I’m excited to learn!) Our ReSpIn team in ID worked with the laser cutter and made huge progress in terms of design concepts and connects. Kat and I have been working on planning a big discussion around the “American Dream” and success, which we made a lot of great progress on today in AP Lang.  And tomorrow is my first meeting with the MViFi team now that we’ve actually announced that I’m the first MViFi Fellow, and I’m so excited! (I finally put my shirt on today that we joke about being a bowling team shirt, and it’s kind of giant on me considering there are only guy sizes, but it makes me laugh in a happy way anyway.)

I don’t know why exactly, but it just feels like a lot of “new” is coming soon to my life. It hasn’t quite hit yet, but there’s something in the wondering air…

(I feel the need to explain the term “wondering air,” it basically means “breeze” but it became a joke in Latin today because when we translated a piece literally it said “wondering air” which we all found funny and I thought it was fit in this situation for some reason.)

Band Venture Accomplishment!!!!!!!


Today was the day I successfully hacked the elective system all of the way!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! IT WAS BAND CONCERT DAY AND I WAS A PART OF IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! (This link goes to James Tiffin Jr.’s twitter where there are recordings of all of the pieces we played today!)

I was really excited for this concert because I had to do a lot of work to actually get the chance to continue playing the flute with the band and today was the big moment of truths; it was a successful accomplishment of one of the first goals I set for myself this year.

When we were inaugurated into the ID cohort, the schedule for the next year had not been set yet, so they couldn’t say if I would still get to play with band or not. Even with this uncertainty, I knew that I wanted to be a part of ID, so I didn’t debate to long about it. However, when the schedules came about 2 weeks before school started and band wasn’t on my schedule, I was surprisingly upset.

Band had been a constant in my life even when I switched schools going into 6th grade. I had been playing the flute since the 4th grade and I was just accustomed to it at this point. It was one of those moments where I didn’t really value what I had until I didn’t have it. When I was told that I “couldn’t” do band, I realized how badly I wanted to keep playing.

Therefore, from the start of this school year I made it my goal to get into band because that is a passion of mine that I want to pursue. There was a lot of communication involved with this goal I set. I had to first talk to the band director to work out going in Thursday mornings with the middle school and also talk to him about still getting the upper school songs. Then as we got closer to the concert, I had to also work with several other teachers to change my schedule some so I could actually practice with the entire band. The communication part would have been irrelevant thought if I hadn’t been able to stay disciplined with working on the music during my own time.

I mean basically this entire (what you may call a Venture even) was around how to manage time in a way that allowed me to accomplish certain things in class and also follow my passion with playing the flute, and then also learning to communicate this plan with others in an effective and persuasive way (persuasive so that I could actually do my plan). With the concert tonight, it marked a small success of a goal that I’m pretty excited about!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I planed it, I communicated it, I was dedicated to fulfill it, and I accomplished it.

While this has probably been my most unofficial venture, I realized that it was a venture; How might I play the flute in the school band? I also realized that this makes it my first success in a venture, but it isn’t over yet. There are still more concerts, and the Disney trip is only a few weeks away, and I think there is more I can do with this passion, I just need to discover what.