It is crazy to think that the past four years have flown by as they have. Through personal realizations, heartbreaking losses, and the development of beautiful friendships, I have grown immensely during this time. I received my BFA from the Herb Alpert School of Music at CalArts and as of this past Friday can officially say that I am a college graduate!
Like me, CalArts is a little weird. A CalArts graduation is definitely a celebration unlike any other I have experienced. Ditch the cap, ditch the gown, ditch the suit and tie, and surround yourself with friends, family, music, and grass (make of that as you’d like). Graduation resided on a grassy courtyard on campus and was somewhat like Coachella, just add some chairs, diplomas, and an inspiring speech given by Don Cheadle as he accepted his honorary doctorate. I even had a beautiful flower crown courtesy of my mother. I was showered with bouquets of flowers which have now been dispersed in little arrangements throughout my apartment. It has been so nice and very much appreciated that so many people have reached out to show their support and celebrate this milestone with me.
Okay, so now that the graduation festivites have settled down and a new week progresses, there is a lot to be excited about, that obviously including my upcoming trip to Greece with my high school bestie, Natalie (more on that coming soon). Along with other new and exciting adventures ahead of me, I can’t deny that at times it too can be a bit overwhelming. I’ve been going to school for around if not more than 19 years of my life. What now? What happens once summer vacation ends and school resumes?
I can say I am looking forwarded to crafting my own daily schedule, devoting time each day to the things that are important to me and to my success, happiness, and wellness. As I think about my next steps, I ask myself what would my ideal day look like? What kind of person would I like to be in the “real world”? The list almost seems never ending. With that being said, I have set some goals for myself, some of which I will more immediately see results from and others that will be more of a process. Either way, progress is progress! But progress, at least for me, begins with self reflection, self awareness, and self care.
I would love to say I have it all figured out but I trust that eventually things will fall into place. I look forward to figuring this out, to progress, to growth, and to productivity. I love the fresh scent of ambition in the morning and look to the future with great optimism. Let’s see how it all plays out!