Sorry everyone, I have not updated in ages. I am not abandoning this blog because I love everything about it.
Life has been hectic but nice. This post will be very personal and all about me. I want to talk about 3 things that have been/will be going on in my life.
1. Co-Curriculum: This is my third week of co-curriculum. Co-curriculum is a program unique to my school, where sophomore, junior, and senior students go off campus and intern somewhere for 5 weeks. The sophomore internship theme is service, so I am doing a service internship at a Title I public elementary school called Garfield. I’m finishing my third week this week and now I have two weeks left. I have grown so attached to the students there. Many of Garfield’s students live in poverty, but they’re all so happy and eager to learn. Although technically I’m a teacher there, I’m learning much more than I’m teaching.
2. Tonight’s Soirée: I performed in a soirée at my school tonight, and it was great. I played Kuhlau’s Allegro Burlesco and I’m very happy about how it turned out. I practised for 8 hours last weekend, and more than 10 hours this week. Hard work pays off–I played the last song of the soirée and it went pretty smoothly. Before, I was very nervous. All I thought about this entire week before the soirée was me playing my song without making any mistakes. But once the soirée began, it wasn’t all about me anymore. It was just about enjoying the music–Monica’s music, Priya’s music, Fay’s music, Angela’s music, my music–everyone’s music. I never got to appreciate music like this before. Before, music was torture–it was a mechanical thing, where you had to get everything right, blah blah blah. It used to be so painful and boring. I don’t want to think about it. Learning music at Madeira is a transformative experience. My private music instructor here, Mrs. Morris, is amazing. She makes playing the piano joyful. I’ve really learnt to feel emotion in music, in each and every note, without the fear of failure or being worse in comparison to other people. My roomie took some really nice photos!
3. NaNoWriMo: NaNoWriMo is the official abbreviation for National Novel Writing Month! I’ve done it off and on since six years ago and last year I also did Camp NaNoWriMo (I was so happy that I was finally 13 years old). So basically, you create a word count goal for yourself every day (ex. 1500 words) and you stick to it for a month and by the end of that month, you have a novel! Probably a crappy novel, but still! A novel! It’s really cool. November is the the national novel writing month so a lot of novelists all over the world participate in this program. I’m going to write a personal novel titled Distractions this year and I’m very hyped up about it. I’m also helping my sixth grade class at Garfield Elementary (my co-curriculum internship) participate in it and Ms. Higgison is very excited about it. You guys should try it too!
I’d love to write more but I really have to go take a shower before lights out. Good night everyone, and thank you for reading and following my blog. I promise I’ll update more often in the future! 🙂 Oh, and sorry if there are any typos or weird sentences. I wrote this in a hurry.