Fingers Crossed for 2019-2020
Going into sophomore year doesn’t seem so scary once you’ve made it through that first year of high school. The start of the new year brings hopes and fears, but unlike last year, I have a better idea of what to expect.
This year I hope to be more open to meeting new people. I tend to stick with the same people in my friend group and isolate myself from those outside of it. I want to learn to be more comfortable around new people and also people that I know, but haven’t taken the chance to really talk to yet. Now that I am in Blue Jay Journal TV I hope I will be able to get to know everyone on our staff and make new connections this way, too.
One of my fears for this year is being able to keep up with everything I’m involved in, and school in general. There is a lot of pressure to succeed in school from teachers, family, coaches, and myself. I don’t mean that I have to have a perfect score on every assignment, but I want to do quality work that I am proud of.
Another fear is that I won’t be able to give both dance and school their needed attention. Having to learn new information at school everyday and doing assignments for multiple classes can be stressful and sometimes they pile up. Dance can be just as demanding with dances to learn and improve upon, along with the pressure to become better and better throughout the year.
Our dance team, the Jaywalkers, has been awarded highest combined GPA in our division at our state competition for the past few years and the pressure to maintain that is high. It is a team effort and if one of us does poorly it could bring it down. I work hard at both dance and school to maintain a good image in my coach and teachers’ eyes.
Another one of my hopes is that I will step out of my comfort zone more this year. Last year I began the process of being more open by joining the dance team and clubs like Interact and Student Council. I took it a step further by going on a school trip to a few countries in Europe over this past summer. This was something I wouldn’t have done a few years ago. I would have been too afraid of meeting new people and being vulnerable in new situations. While I have gotten better at trying new things and stepping out of my comfort zone, I am hopeful that this school year I become even stronger at this!
I am very excited to start another school year, especially now that I have a better clue as to how high school works. I hope I continue to be more outgoing and that this school year will be even better than the last!
I Would Be Lost
Some of the things I care about most are Disney, movies, dancing, friends, and family. One thing that all of these have in common is music. Without music, I would feel lost.
As a dancer, I need the music to help tell the story of the dance. The words and the sound of the music help translate the message of the dance itself. The music helps excite our audience and allow them to feel the same emotion as the dancer.
In Disney, the music plays an important role in both the movies and the theme parks. When watching a Disney movie, some of the most memorable parts are the scores. One example is in the movie “Up.” In one of the first scenes, it shows the main characters go through challenges in their lives. With the music, you can experience the characters' sadness and happiness and relate it to your own life. The music of Disney reminds me of happy times I spent at Disney World, as well as sad times like when I have lost family members.
In any movie or tv show, music is important. Music adds more depth to an already exciting scene and is what holds my interest when I am watching. In the Netflix series “The Umbrella Academy,” one of the scenes is set in a cutely decorated hotel room and the song “Sunshine, Lollipops, and Rainbows” plays. In the scene two of the characters are in a fistfight giving the scene a sense of irony, making it more interesting.
Music, in general, can make us feel things that aren’t expected. When I hear the song “ilomilo” by Billie Eilish, I think of my grandpa who passed away this year and the fun times I had with him. The lyrics of the song really embrace the fear of losing someone and how it feels when they are gone.
Other songs are just enjoyable because of the sound and lightheartedness of them, like “Mr. Blue Sky” and “Sweet Talkin’ Woman” by ELO and “Yellow Submarine” and “Octopus’s Garden” by The Beatles. These songs are important to me because their upbeat tempo reminds me of fun times I have had on vacation or relaxing days spent in the pool. These are the moments that make me incredibly happy and I am reminded of them when I listen to these songs.
Music indeed has a connection to all the things that make my life complete. Without it, I think life would be dull to say the least!
Lover of "The Office," "Parks and Recreation," and "Friends."