After a year full of tremendous personal growth as well as tremendous sleep deprivation, I’m excited to spend this summer unwinding while still making music. One of the biggest things I learned about myself this year is that, yes, I do have my limits; I tend to bite off more than I can chew in terms of work and obligations, but I learned the hard way that balancing several work study jobs, multiple chamber groups, learning a new language, playing in a youth orchestra, and managing my physical and mental health, all while being a full-time student, was next to impossible. While I enjoyed feeling productive and I could feel myself learning and growing the whole time, I found that I was being forced to prioritize music last. And being that I attend a conservatory and am studying music...that wasn’t good, to say the least!
This summer, I’ll be attending a music program in the middle of scenic nowhere, and I couldn’t be more excited. While I love all that New York has to offer, I think the complete change of environment will give me a chance to revitalize myself, which in turn will give me a chance to explore music with a new sense of refreshment and curiosity. While I’m at school, I find that I’m in a perpetual state of “get-stuff-done-NOW,” while my summer self tends to absorb and create much more slowly but deliberately. I’m looking forward to getting away from the unceasing energy of the city, which all too closely parallels the crisscrossing thoughts in my mind, for a few months--until I’ve had my fill of nature and it’s time to get back to the city!