What I'm Doing This Summer

By now, most everyone has published their thoughts on the year in some form or fashion. I, however, am still collecting those thoughts, and decided it would be more beneficial to look forward to this summer than to get too caught up in looking backward. 

Here's a picture of me and one of my studio-mates/close friends after we finished our piano juries!

Here's a picture of me and one of my studio-mates/close friends after we finished our piano juries!

Because I operate in bucket lists, here are the lists I've made for what I'm going to...

Read*:

  1. You Are A Badass by Jen Sincero (already read... a friend gave this to me and although I wasn't aware I was in need of any kind of self-help, I couldn't put it down. Coincidence? I think probably not.)
  2. The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald (in progress... I wanted to read as many classics as possible this summer because I never really had to for school.)
  3. The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath (it was on sale at Barnes and Noble)
  4. David and Goliath by Malcolm Gladwell (because he's one of my favorite authors)
  5. I am Malala by Malala Yousafzai (duh)
  6. The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood (again, as many classics as possible)
  7. Catch 22 by Joseph Heller (A friend of mine has championed this as his favorite book for a long time, and I want to stop saying "Oh I want to read that, but don't have time".)
  8. The Color Purple by Alice Walker (once again, the classics)
  9. Gulliver's Travels by Jonathan Swift (see above)
  10. 1984 by George Orwell (again)
  11. Night by Elie Wiesel (literally all of my English teachers have recommended this to me, so I decided it was finally time)
  12. Siddartha by Hermann Hesse (I've actually already read this one, but I remember my sophomore English teacher assigning it with the premise that he loves re-reading this as his spiritual journey changes and grows, and I want to read it again to see if I share that love with him or not)
  13. At least 20 assorted plays (although I might have to set a loftier goal for myself, because it's a week into my summer and I've already read 5...)

Listen to*:

  1. At least 30 minutes of "contemporary classical" music every day (thank you spotify playlists, as well as peer recommendations!)
  2. All Mahler Symphonies (because what kind of a musician am I if I can't say I've listened to all of them, let alone be able to correctly identify all of them)
  3. More musical theatre (I made a list that is much too long to include here... highlights include Assassins, Company, Falsettos, Hello, Dolly!, Light in the Piazza, Porgy and Bess, Show Boat, The Addams Family, and Urinetown)

Create*:

  1. I've had two huge projects going for the past year or so that I am going to finish once and for all... stay tuned for updates
  2. In terms of finishing things, I also have a chamber work that needs polishing and a band piece that needs to exit the stages of mere conceptualization, so I'm hoping that both of those get done this summer.
  3. I'm not sure how much of a break I'll need after finishing my two aforementioned huge projects, but I'm hoping to continue feeling inspired enough to at least start another huge project, but I don't want to force myself in case I feel stuck.

Learn*:

  1. More about myself, particularly what it takes to inspire me and how to get the most out of my inspired moments
  2. More about God and my relationship to Him
  3. How to use my camera
  4. How to play guitar

Visit*:

  1. Florida, for a week and a half with my family
  2. Radnor Lake
  3. Somewhere else pretty in MidTN
  4. (here comes a big announcement, are you ready?...) Interlochen!!! I'm spending 6 weeks (give or take a few days) back at my home in Michigan accompanying the theatre department!

*It should be noted that I am still looking for suggestions in all of these areas! If you have a great book/play I should read, a great piece I should listen to, something you think I should create/learn, or somewhere I should visit (especially in the Nashville area), contact me in any way you have or shoot me an email by clicking the envelope at the bottom of this page! Have a wonderful day :)