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Initiative – take it

A few years ago when I transferred to a new college I spoke to a professor within the music department. I did not personally know the professor, and I was simply seeking advice about whether or not I should minor or even major in music.

Within the approximately twenty minute conversation my dreams were dashed and my hopes for assistance were gone. The most stinging phrase I recall was something along the lines of: “It’s not like we can guarantee you getting into the Quincy Symphony or anything”.

As a senior looking back I’ve had many opportunities to seek advice and ask for opinions of professors, co-workers, peers, and family members. A student who willingly looks for advice from a professor is clearly motivated to create some sort of change, especially if the meeting is one set-up by the student. This professor I mentioned before is not the only professor who has been unsupportive of me at the different schools I have attended, and I cannot believe that I’m the only one who has experienced this. Fortunately, the majority of my professors here have been accommodating, helpful, and often inspirational; but it seems as if the words that sometimes stick the most are the negatives.

Then again, sometimes we have more motivation to prove people wrong when we are faced with adversity. In this particular circumstance, I realized a minor or major in music was not necessarily an option for me, but after a simply email inquiry I found myself playing with the Quincy Symphony Orchestra and subsequently three other bands as well as side projects (it sounds really cool – but I cannot brag – I’m definitely not the best player by any stretch of the imagination!). BUT, guess what? I try. I took the initiative and I’m making the best of things, I like to think that that’s what matters in life.

While it definitely depends on the circumstances, knowing thyself and having the wherewithal to just put yourself out there and give things a try is important. In fact, that’s one of the key aspects of being in college. If you’re in college, you’re htere to bank on opportunities and improve yourself by getting an education; you might as well make the most of it as you are literally paying for it.

(this blog was adapted from a piece I published in my school’s newspaper)

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ABOUT AF: speaker, yoga instructor, writer, editor, reiki teacher, intuitive, musician, artist Alexandra Foran: Alexandra is an enthusiastic yoga instructor who enjoys sharing the gift of yoga and meditation with people of all ages. She is flexible and accommodating to all as she leads a practice from the heart. Extending warmth and love to all is a blessing for her. Yoga has personally helped her to heal and grow in profound ways. Yoga helps create balance and harmony; as someone who is highly intuitive, empathic, and a sensitive being she used to often be ill and regularly overextend herself -- she now seeks the peace that yoga can bring to her practice and life. As a poet, writer, musician and artist she infuses different aspects of the creative arts into her classes to create a higher vibration. During particular segments of her classes she uses guided imagery and live music. Alex plays upright bass, electric bass guitar, electric upright bass, violin, guitar, drums, rainmakers, baby harps, singing bowls, crystal bowls, recorders, and didgeridoo. Alexandra is a certified yoga instructor and a certified Reiki Master.

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