What I’m Thankful For

My family-and their support of my goals in life
My friends
My musical talents and inclinations
My pets
Access to food and water
A place to call home
A roof over my head and a place to sleep each night
My work ethic
Many other things…

Happy Thanksgiving! What are you thankful for? Let me know in the comments or tweet me at (@)itsmixedarts!
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Working While a Student

I have had experience working as both a high school and a college student, and I have also had experience with both high school and college without a job. So, which is better? I think it depends on the person, who you are and what your schedule is like can have a big impact on how well you would do as a student and an employee. For me, it depends on my schedule for the semester, but I prefer having no job if I can. In my situation, I am a music student, which music in itself is a job, but school and practicing music requires time that could be taken away from me if I had a job. I got my first job as a high school senior. I was a part time student and a family friend asked me to stop by in the middle of the day to check on their dog while they were away at work. It was that school year that I got another job (my first real job, you could say). This job was as an employee for a quick service restaurant. Quick service means you order and pay at the counter and the employees bring the food to the table; there may or may not be a drive thru. This job was good, not the greatest, but I was working with good people. In the months leading up to me quitting, I did not enjoy going to work really at all. As I would get ready for work, I yearned for the moment that I would stand in that spot taking my work clothes off. That has got to be a bad sign. I decided to quit at about the time that I was gearing up to transfer from a community college to a four-year university. I would still be living at home (although I later transferred to another university in a different area), but I ended up having three upper level courses, two of which were honors. I could have managed a job, but I would have had to sacrifice time in some other area, be it music, sleep, or my personal sanity. As nice as it is to have money, a job takes time. At that job, I usually worked Friday evenings from 5-10. That’s not a bad schedule, except it involved me driving out to a busy area right at rush hour and then working on my feet, in a busy drive thru, alone, for five hours, often without any breaks, even though I was scheduled for one. It was a five hour shift that took up more than six hours of my night. I decided at that point that I would rather work on building up a business that could be done from home. So, I quit, and while I’d be lying if I said I never looked back, when I do wish that I still had that job, I remind myself of how miserable it made me.

Have you worked as a student? Did you enjoy it or did it make you go crazy? Tell me in the comments or on Twitter!
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25 Things You Didn’t Know About Me

In this post, I will be doing something that was popular on YouTube a couple years ago, I’m not sure if it has been done in blog form, but I am going to do it anyway. I wil be listing 25 things you may not know about me.

1. I have one sister who is almost exactly four years younger than me. Our birthdays are three days apart.
2. I have not eaten any meat besides turkey or chicken in over a year. I just don’t like the taste of red meat or fish.
3. My best friend and I met in kindergarten and despite taking different paths in life, fifteen years later, we are still extremely close.
4. I will eat potatoes cooked just about any way. I love mashed potatoes, fries, baked potatoes, all of it.
5. I love the beach, and it is my dream to move to either California, Florida, or some place in the Carribean.
6. I went to a very small private high school and had a graduating class of eight people, including me.
7. I need sleep more than most people, and I cannot stay up too late or wake up too late.
8. In addition to flute as my main instrument, I can play piano, clarinet, saxophone, piccolo, a little oboe, and a little ukulele.
9. I know roughly 6500 words in Spanish, and that number is increasing.
10. Because of my knowledge of Spanish, I can read and understand about 60-70% of Portuguese.
11. I have been able to read music since I was six years old.
12. I will still buy bags and other items from Vera Bradley.
13. Music theory comes very easily to me, and I can more quickly understand the concepts.
14. My dream job is to be a self-employed flutist, private flute teacher, and composer/arranger.
15. I want to some day reach fluency in Spanish.
16. I love the song “Billie Jean” by Michael Jackson, because it brings back happy memories. It is not my favorite song, but I associate it with good things.
17. I have found a couple of college textbooks that were under ten dollars, and they were from the college bookstore.
18. I am super close to my immediate family. I love my parents and my sister, and I don’t know what I would do without them.
19. I love the smell of coffee, but I can’t stand the taste.
20. I just turned 20 last month.
21. I don’t remember this, but my friend told me that when we were younger and both of my parents smoked, we would try and hide the cigarettes from my dad. Neither of my parents smoke anymore.
22. I would love to go on a Mediterranean cruise for a vacation sometime in the future.
23. My junior of high school, I wrote a play for a class which was then produced by my school’s theatre program.
24. I have never broken a bone.
25. I really like social media and connecting with people from all over the world on this lovely thing called the Internet.
Those were 25 things you might not have known about me, but now you do. Is there anything interesting about you that you want to share? Post it in the comments below!
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College Truths? Debunked

If you are on the internet as much as I am, you have probably come across someone blabbering about things that will inevitably happen when you are in college. Some of them are accurate, we all go through them, but not all of the “truths” are true for everyone. Here is a list of some college truths debunked.

Truth #1: You WILL pull an all-nighter.
My Experience: I don’t know about you, but I have had two years of college-more if I counted the classes I took while in high school-and I have never had to stay up all night to finish a project or assignment. Now, I’m definitely not the biggest procrastinator, but I do like my personal time. How have I avoided all-nighters? I either do assignments as soon as I can after they are assigned, or I make sure that I will have enough time later on to get everything done.
Truth #2: You WILL gain the Freshman Fifteen.
My Experience: Sure, I have gained a bit of weight since starting college, but that is because I don’t exactly have the healthiest of eating and fitness habits. If you eat well and get some physical activity, you won’t necessarily gain weight.
Truth #3: You won’t have fun unless you spend every night at a party.
My Experience: I don’t like parties or being in large groups for an extended period of time. Add in drugs, alcohol, and the atmosphere of parties, and you have found my hell. Why should I go to a party if I know I will be miserable, just to avoid FOMO? If you are not a party person, that’s okay. There are other ways to have fun.
Truth #4: You have to live with a roommate in the dorms your freshman year.
My Experience: For my freshman year, I went to a community college, and it was not an option for me to live in a dorm. I have turned out fine. Now, I’m a junior and have just moved in to the dorms for the first time at my university. I don’t have a roommate, and I don’t want one. I have a very particular way of living, and I don’t want to have to account to anyone. I will probably eventually share an apartment with someone, but I will cross that bridge when I get to it.
Truth #5: You shouldn’t transfer.
My Experience: if you start at a community college and want a bachelors degree, you will have to transfer. If you don’t end up liking the university you first chose to attend, you should transfer to a school where you feel you belong. Transferring, while not ideal, can give you a chance to find a better school if you believe one is out there.
For more on transferring, click here
Truth #6: You should never shop at your university bookstore.
My Experience: If possible, you should try to find the lowest price for all of your books. Most of the time, the bookstore at your college won’t make that list, but sometimes it will. One of my political science books was $8 at the bookstore. An environmental science book was also less than $10. Also, I think you should consider using your bookstore for books with access codes. If you buy a book from Amazon or rent it from Chegg, the book probably won’t have an access code. That means you will just have to purchase one later, spending more money when you could have spent more upfront and saved money in the end. The last instance is when you have to get a book written specifically for your class. It might only be offered at the bookstore. The bookstore can be a helpful place to make things easier, so don’t completely avoid it, but don’t go crazy.
I hope you enjoyed reading my thoughts on college “truths” that I believe aren’t. College is an amazing experience, and it is different for everyone. Don’t buy into the belief that your experience will be the same as everyone else’s. You are your own person.
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What I’m Doing

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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