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Apr 2, 2008

Better Luck Next Time

Most of you already know by now that I did not get accepted into ASU's graduate program. Obviously I was pretty upset when I found out, but I'm not going to let that deter me from trying again. This time, though, I'm going to apply at a few different schools. So far the ones I'm most interested in are Peabody in Maryland (affiliated with Johns Hopkins University) and Brighamton University (in New York, which works very closely with the Tri-Cities Opera). I'm also looking at Westminster Choir College in New Jersey, the Cincinnati Conservatory of Music, Northwestern, University of Tennessee, and University of Michigan. I was considering Eastman in New York and Indiana University, but I've heard that, while they are excellent schools, they are very cutthroat. In fact, I heard that Eastman is worse that Julliard in the way they break you down to mold you in the way they want. I decided that probably wouldn't fit my personality. I'm looking more for an environment that promotes growth and cooperation with my fellow peers rather than competition and discouragement. I'm not sure about Binghamton, but I know Peabody offers a positive environment. So...that means I might be moving closer to home! Yay! I will probably also still re-audition for ASU, but I've learned that I need to give myself more options.

For now I plan on staying in Utah. I'm going to stick with my current job until after Christmas so that I can definitely be home on Christmas day. I've become a lot more active in my ward because of my calling--ward music chair. When I first got this calling I wasn't very excited about it, but it's been a huge blessing. I've gotten to know so many more people and I get to develop a part of my musical talent that isn't as strong. Aside from that I'm working with the Utah Symphony Chorus for their production of Carl Orff's Carmina Burana. And I have an audition for the Utah Opera next Thursday.

My life is far from perfect right now, but I think the Lord has provided me with an amazing learning experience. It's only been a week since I found out, but already I've been able to think of many reasons why graduate school may not have been the best thing for me at this point. I am still toying with the idea of just moving to Arizona, but that will be something I consider as I also take on the task of narrowing my graduate school choices down from 15 to maybe about 6-8...and even that's a lot!! Anyway, I just thought I would update everyone. It's a bummer, but oh well! Life goes on!

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Sarah said...

that will be great! Perhaps the Lord will open even more opportunities as you seek for them :D

Aubreydoll said...

That's a real bummer that you didn't get in, Rachel! But you're right, something better will come along, it always does! Right after we bought our house and I was halfway through my pregnancy Franklin Covey closed and I thought we were going to end up on the street! But, it was really the biggest blessing that could've happened in our lives at that time! Anyway, just hang in there and remember that we all love you very, very much!

Maverick said...

I'm sorry to hear that Rachie! Well, Heavenly Father knows what's best for us even if we don't at times. Hopefully some good will come sooner rather than later and all of this will seem as a brief moment. :)