Reflecting on the Semester

Yesterday I completed my final class of the first semester of junior year. After my day of classes I spent the evening with a high school friend exploring the Christmas decor of the Fifth Avenue shops, and cooking Indian food.


This year has been full of ups and downs and has been, by far, my most challenging semester! I’ve made so many good memories, a few bad ones, and have grown tremendously in my singing and my academics. Below is my semester: Good, Bad, and Room for Growth!

A Time for Reflection

Well friends, here we are. It’s the end of the first semester, and as I finish up the last few things on my to-do list, I’ve already begun piling on to the to-do list for next semester. It’s funny how seemingly no matter how much free time we have, something comes in to fill it.

Deadline day

Most prescreenings and college applications were due this week, so I can imagine how relieved everyone must be now! I had a summer program application due a few days ago, too, so now I feel like a huge weight has been lifted off my shoulders.

Application Season… The Most Festive Time of the Year!

Looking back, I realize that it’s been two entire years since I went through the whole college application submission debacle. While I’m glad that point of my life has past, I also now in hindsight realize that the process gave me a lot to reflect on regarding who I was as a person and what I wanted from my life.

Thanksgiving Filipino Style in New Jersey!

Obviously, we do not celebrate Thanksgiving in the Philippines so this extra holiday was a welcome addition for me aside from Christmas. For the past 2 and a half years since arriving in America, I have spent Thanksgiving with my aunt’s family in New Jersey.

First Break of the Year!

So… I’ve always found the energy dynamic right before breaks (particular Thanksgiving break) to be quite interesting. On the one hand, we’re all just about ready to ascend to the ether. On the other hand, the hype is so, so real.

Artistic Block Remedies

Artist's block is a very real thing and can come in many different forms. I have been blocked before in my songwriting, not able to find the right words to write down in my notebook. I have also been blocked in my opera singing, unable to sing certain passages or hit certain high notes.


Ay yi yi! Boy, do I know about Artist's Block all too well! Here are a few ways I experience Artist's Block, and then a few ways I deal with it.

Art Block

Art Block: it’s a real thing. You’re tired, uninspired, and the last thing you want to do is be art-y. This happens a lot. As artists, people sometimes assume that your lives come without challenges. Though we are passionate about our art form, it doesn’t mean we go without artistic obstacles.