Hello! How has the new year been for you so far?
For me, it’s been great, especially this weekend! The Chamber Orchestra went on a field trip to watch the National Symphony Orchestra at the Kennedy Centre. I just loved pianist Jeremy Denk’s amazing rendition of Ravel’s Piano Concerto for the Left Hand, and also the majestic ending to Igor Stravinsky’s The Firebird. I also saw Roe at the Arena Stage. Roe is a play about the Roe v. Wade Supreme Court case that legalised abortion in 1973. It was so interesting to learn more about the different positions on this difficult issue. It was mind-boggling. Before, I had a very bold stance on abortion, but his play showed me all these vivid stories, perspectives, and circumstances. And I’m not quite sure anymore. So, yes! 2017 has been interesting and productive. So far, so good.
Below are my new year’s resolutions, as I have promised. Hopefully at the end of this year I can smile and say I’ve kept and achieved all of them!
One. I will study Latin every day.
I will self-study 36 topics of Wheelock’s Latin (pages 1-303). I will also complete the Oxford Latin Course Part I before the end of sophomore year (May 2017). Over the summer, I will learn the material for Madeira’s Latin II course and test into Latin III for junior year.
Two. I will practise the piano every day.
I will perfect and add three of the following pieces to my piano repertoire by the end of sophomore year:
Mozart’s Piano Sonata No. 16, Mvt. 1, 2, 3
Mozart’s 12 Variations in Ah! vous dirai-jie, maman
Mozart’s Fantasia in D Minor
Beethoven’s Rondo A Capriccio
Beethoven’s Moonlight Sonata, Mvt. 1
Beethoven’s Waldstein Sonata, Mvt. 1
Schumann/Tausig’s Der Kontrabandiste
Three. I will read (something that isn’t for school) every day.
I will finish reading 5 non-fiction, scholarly texts by the end of the year. The first of the five I will read is Ian Morris’ Why the West Rules—For Now.
Another challenge that I will try my best to tackle is a Boarding School Series on my blog. I will write a series of posts about boarding school—living in a dormitory, weekend activities, classes, etc. I have already started writing this series! I will begin posting in March, because that is when admissions decisions get mailed out and students start wondering what exactly their life will be like at a boarding school. I am very excited about sharing this series because I would have loved to know more about boarding school life before my first day at Madeira.
Yep! These are some of my long-term goals for the year. I encourage you to create some if you have not already, and share them with others! There’s a TED talk I once watched, telling people to never share their goals with others because the act of sharing the goals itself will make them feel like they have already achieved the goals. I can see why this might be the case for some people, but personally, sharing my goals gives me another incentive to achieve them. Just imagine yourself telling a friend, “Remember in January I said I’d (insert goal)? Guess what! I did it!” Or something like that, you know? It will probably feel really nice.
I’m going to go to sleep now. It’s almost 1:30AM already! Happy Martin Luther King Jr. Day in the morning, and thank you so much for reading this post!