Do You Have to Go to College?

This is a big question that most people will ask themselves at least once. I have asked myself the question “Do I need a degree?” multiple times. It is September and it is that crazy time where high school seniors are starting the application process, juniors are starting to visit colleges, and adults considering going back are beginning to look at their options. If you came here looking for a straightforward answer to the necessity of a degree, prepare to be disappointed, because I don’t think there is a straightforward answer for everyone. I have broken down some key categories worth looking into to help you decide if you should continue your education, but the decision ultimately will fall on you, and possibly your family members.

Career Aspirations
What is your dream job? If you want to be a doctor or a lawyer, you most definitely need higher education. If you want to become a public school teacher, you need a degree. There are some career fields where getting a degree might be waste of precious time and money. If you plan on starting your own business, you can benefit a lot from a business degree, but you could also spend a little time on Google to learn the ropes of running a business for a much lower price tag. If you want to work in the entertainment industry, a college degree is worth considering, but-depending on the person-if might not be necessary. My cousin works as a dancer and he decided against attending college. Some career fields only require a certificate. Careers like certified nursing assistant and cosmetologist only require a certificate in order to work. The point of this is to look at your options and what you see yourself doing everyday for a wage. It might require a degree, it might not.
Current Training/Experience
This relates to me, especially, because of my dreams of being a flutist, private teacher, and composer. I could do any of those jobs without a college degree, but since I started playing the flute in high school, I didn’t have the necessary experience to work right after I graduated. I am currently in a bachelors degree program that will help me gain the skills and knowledge to further my career options. College is also a good option if you are dreaming of a performance career, because it can be a great tool for networking with professionals and other students. As a music major, I also will have a ton of performance experience to put on my resume when I graduate. If you think that a college degree can train you to be better at your job, look into a degree-even if it’s an associates.
As I have already stated, college is a big deal and choosing to (or not to) get a degree is a big decision. There are more things I could go into regarding this topic, but this is already longer than the average entry in “Thoughtworthy”. So, take these tips and thoughts into consideration when you make your decisions this fall.
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A Day in the Life: College Music Major

Now that I am a few weeks into the semester, I have been able to settle into a routine. Today, I am showing you what a typical Monday looks like for me. I have quite a few classes, so I will go through those I have on Mondays. Today is Labor Day, so I don’t have classes, but here is how my Mondays are right now.

7:00am Wake up, get dressed, eat breakfast in my dorm
8:00am Go to music building to practice for lessons, ensembles, etc.
10:00am Music History I class
11:00am Music Theory III
12:00pm Break-lunch and a bit of chill time alone
1:00pm Earth Science Lecture for 80 minutes
2:30pm Get ready for marching band (change into athletic shorts, put on sunscreen)
3:00pm Marching band Rehearsal
5:00pm Shower after rehearsal
5:30pm Dinner with some of my floor mates
7:00pm Homework/more practice time/chill time in the dorm
10:00pm Bedtime routine
Mondays are hard for everyone, but I am doing music, something that I love. That makes things a little easier. Over the course of the rest of the semester, I might do more days in my life for other days of the week, because no two days are the same for me. (Well, Monday and Wednesday are pretty similar, but that’s beside the point.)
Also, at the middle of the semester, my Monday and Wednesday afternoons will be a little different as I will have concert band from 3-4 and marching from 4-5.
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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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Make Sleep a Priority

We have started to enter the back-to-school season. Whether you are already back in school, you start in the next week, or you still have some time, I have one important piece of advice for this and every subsequent school year (as well as breaks). Start to make sleep a priority. When you are low on sleep, your body will not function as well as it could be. If you are in high school or college, you need more sleep than average for humans. I know that the start of school brings many changes. You go from having almost nothing to do to having a jam packed schedule of classes, activities, possibly a job, and then you have to find time to do your homework and socialize with people. How do you make it work? I can’t say for sure, because I am still figuring out how to balance everything. It takes a lot of planning, but you have to be willing to take care of your self. I think that sleep should be a priority for everyone. Maybe that means not continuing with certain activities or cutting back your work hours. As a teenager or young adult, we need sleep, more than adults. According to the National Sleep Foundation, high schoolers need 8-10 hours of sleep per night and college aged young adults need 7-9 hours per night. Although, keep in mind that we are all different, and your sleep needs might not match that of a friend or family member. In a world where it is normal to be constantly busy, we need to take time for ourselves and take care of our bodies and brains. Sleep effects a lot of stuff.

If you want to learn more about how much sleep you need click here.
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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!
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