Thursday, May 8, 2014

One week until Commencement!

This semester has come to an end. The two years of graduate school that sometimes felt grueling, but were highly rewarding, are now done, and I will be celebrating commencement with my classmates one week from Saturday.

This semester taught me a lot about myself and growing up. I had to tackle the challenges of graduate school, I have adjusted to living alone with just me and my fiance - our housemate from Ireland left in late March, and figured out the puzzle of the American Healthcare system! Figuring out which health insurance plan to buy was probably the hardest part of adjusting to true "adulthood." I've taken necessary steps to take as much control of my life as possible, trying to ready myself for the many challenging paths ahead.

I enjoyed putting together my graduate recital, a collection of music inspired by the life and works of William Shakespeare (whose 450th Birthday we celebrated last April!). I collaborated with the dynamic Rachelle Jonck for this presentation. It was a blast and some of the hardest music I've ever put together. Why did I choose so many difficult pieces for this concert??? I guess I like a challenge!

I began the harrowing task of wedding planning... Although I am overjoyed to be sharing my life with the wonderful Drew, I am terrified of looking at all the price-tags on everything necessary for this once-in-a-lifetime celebration. We set our date for summer of 2015, so we have some time to save, plan, and get creative!

Drew and I are both neck-deep in the job hunt. We would both love to find something near Philadelphia so we can maintain some connection with performing. I have hunted for everything for choruses to marketing work to teaching pre-schoolers and will keep plugging along until the right one appears. The most exciting was my second interview with a "marketing" company that required employees to drive over the better part of the state of New Jersey and convince business owners to change their energy supplier. Having doors slammed in your face by said business owners really takes away any kind of work-place satisfaction.

I am looking toward the future in hopes that Drew and I will find the perfect balance in our lives of teaching, making music, and building our lives together as a couple.

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