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As I write this, I am gearing up to move out of my family’s house for the first time, but when you read this, I will have already started classes at my new university. I have been through a lot to get to where I am, and I have a long way to go from here. I just transferred from a different university, and I couldn’t be more excited to get a fresh start. I don’t want to disclose where I am attending school, all I will say is that it’s a small state school not too far from where I call home.

I am studying music, which I love, and I have a single dorm. I just had my first experience of band camp, and it was quite the experience. Marching band will work me hard, but I am trying to have a positive outlook. Since I am a music major, I have quite a few classes this semester. I’m taking earth science with lab, music theory, aural skills, music history, marching band, concert band, flute lessons, flute choir, piano lessons, music convocation (recital attendance), and I am hoping to test out of the basic piano requirements. Fingers crossed. That’s twelve classes for a grand total of nineteen(-ish) credit hours. Here is a breakdown of how they add up:
Earth science lecture: 4
Earth science lab: 1
Music theory: 3
Aural skills: 1
Music history: 3
Marching band: 1
Concert band: 1
Flute lessons: 2
Flute choir: 1
Piano lessons: 1
Music convocation: 0, yes there is a zero credit hour class
Piano test: 1-4, depending on how well I do
It’s a little crazy, so I might not be able to post as many blogs during the semester, but I do want to keep up with the blog and post regularly. I don’t plan on getting a job, because I will be so busy with school and practice, but I will be uploading some songs to my website through Musicaneo (link below), if you are interested. Hopefully, I will have a few posts already written, edited, and scheduled before I start classes so that I can see how busy I will be and how much time I can dedicate to blogging during the semester. I would love to be able to publish two posts per week, but that might not be possible, and I don’t want to commit to something that I can’t follow through on.
As of the time of publishing, I have enough posts for two a week through mid-September.
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The New Police Dynamic

Over the past year or so, it seems like the number incidents of police brutality has increased. I am less sure of this being true than the publicity these acts have received. In any event, I know that these stories have changed how I view the police force in the United States. I used to think of police officers as nice people who were working for the common good, finding the bad guys and punishing them based on the crime committed. Now, I’m not so sure. I’m scared of police officers. I once believed that they were meant to protect me, but every time I see a cop car, even if I know I have done nothing wrong, my heart beats insanely fast. Is that how it’s supposed to be? I am really supposed to fear the people whose job it is to keep me safe?

I know that not all police officers are bad; many do have a good motive, but it’s those stories of police brutality that make me anxious when I see an officer.
What are your thoughts on the issue of police brutality? Has it changed your opinion on the police force? Let me know in the comments or tweet me! Thanks for reading!
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7DCC #7 Day 1

This day is supposed to be dedicated to packing the car, but my family and I will be doing that tomorrow before we leave. So, I will be using this post to explain my plans for the upcoming year regarding school, my personal life, and this blog.

 

ACADEMIC PLANS
This year, I plan on focusing on flute with possibly piano as a second instrument. I can’t remember if I mentioned this in another blog post, but I was going to take oboe lessons, but I have decided against continuing down that road. I have nothing against the oboe, I really enjoyed learning a new instrument, but I want to spend more time on flute and piano. I will be taking quite a few classes for a total of 18+ hours. I’m not totally sure how many classes I will have yet. This fall, I am taking earth science with lab, music theory 3, ear training/sight singing 3, music history 1, flute lessons, flute choir, marching band, wind ensemble, piano test out, and either the level of piano I test into or piano lessons. I don’t know my spring schedule yet, but it will probably be pretty similar.
PERSONAL LIFE
I don’t know what the year has in store for me, but I am (obviously) moving to a new place, and I will be living on my own. I will come home occasionally to visit and for holidays.
THE BLOG
I want to keep up with this blog, but I have to put classes as a first priority. I have about a month worth of posts ready to go up, and I hope to write even more than that. I don’t know if I will have enough time, but I’m going to try. If you want to keep up with me outside of the blog, you can check out my links at the end of the post or under the section “Where to Find Me” on the right sidebar.
As I mentioned above, I won’t be packing the car until tomorrow, so I couldn’t do a post on packing the car, but I did want to write an update. I will also be uploading another update with plans next Monday.
Thanks for reading!
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7DCC #6 Day 2: College Thoughts/Concerns, etc.

Today, we are down to a couple days until I move, and today’s post is all about any last minute thoughts and jitters that I am having. This will be more of q ramble and a list of the things that pop into my head as I am writing, no real structure.

Will I make friends?
Will I like living in a dorm?
What will all of my music classes be like?
Will I like the food in the dining hall or will it get monotonous?
What about marching band, I’m scared I won’t like it.
How will my piano test go? Will I pass out of all four piano classes?
How will my oboe lessons go?
Will I get homesick? Will I be homesick a lot?
How often will I come home?
What will my RA be like?
Will I be able to have any free time? (Besides sleep)
Will I be able to keep up with this blog? (I already have more than a month of posts written, edited, and scheduled, but will I be able to keep up with that trend?
Will I miss not having 24/7 access to a stovetop and oven?
If I don’t take my car, will I miss it and regret not having it?
If I do take my car, will I even use it?
Will I use my bike?
Will I actually go the the student recreation center?
Will I enjoy going to class?
Will any of my classes be complete duds?
I realize that some of these worries might only cause me more stress, but at the same time, I think they are valid things to have questions about. If you have anything else that might be worrying you about the upcoming year, let me know in the comments!
Thanks for reading!
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7DCC #5 Day 3: Packing My Music Supplies

I have seen other people use this day to pack their makeup, but since all of my makeup will fit into one small makeup bag, I figured that would be a waste. Most of my makeup stays in that bag, and it will just go in with the rest of my toiletries. So, since I have nothing much to say about packing makeup, I thought I would explain how I plan to pack up all of my music supplies, such as instruments, sheet music, and accessories as well as the things that I plan to bring.
As far as instruments go, I will be bringing two flutes. I have a nice one for use indoors for concert band and other indoor performances, lessons, etc. My other flute is still nice, but not quite, so that one will be used for outdoor events like marching band or other outdoor concerts. I will also bring my piccolo.
For my music, I will be bringing all of the books that my flute teacher has assigned for me to study this fall. I have a couple of books from Trevor Wye, a book of studies, and a solo book. I will also be bringing some other music that I like to play from for fun. I will also be bringing the music for my piano placement test.
I have all of my accessories together in what is supposed to be a makeup case from Vera Bradley (yes, I still buy their products, no I am not ashamed). I have a single stand for flute and a stand for two flutes and a piccolo, and both stands collapse. I also have some cleaning cloths, pencils, highlighters, a screwdriver, and some cigarette paper for cleaning sticky pads.
I plan to keep the accessories in their case, the music books will hopefully fit in my backpack, and the instruments might ride on their own.
That, like yesterday’s, was not the longest or most interesting post, but it got the point across. I hope this helps anyone who might also be a music major or will be moving and packing up their music.
Thanks for reading!

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