Music in the Soul

Ever since I have come Belmont I have had a new passion for volunteering. I believe it all started at SERVE during welcome week. SERVE is when the new freshmen class splits up into groups and volunteers for several hours all across the Nashville community. My group was sent to a children’s home. While volunteering there we did a lot of hard work such as cleaning the bathrooms, mopping the floors, and landscaping. I never really understood before coming to this school, why people gave up their time to volunteer in the community. Through the SERVE project though, I discovered why people choose to do it. I serve because I hope to make an impact on someone’s life. I know I am not going to be able to change the world, but volunteering will make the world a better place.
During a music assembly several weeks ago, a representative from the W.O. Smith Nashville Community Music School asked if anyone wanted to volunteer by teaching private instrumental lessons at the school. I quickly took the offer because I love teaching and playing with other musicians and I also want to get a music education degree. So every Saturday morning I wake up at 8:00 to teach saxophone lessons at the school. The W.O. Smith music school offers students private instrumental lessons for only 50 cents if they qualify for the program. I give half hour saxophone lessons to two 11 year old students, both of whom have never played the saxophone before. I really enjoy teaching them because they both really want to learn how to play. It takes a lot of patience and diligence because learning to play the saxophone takes time and hard work. Its definitely worth volunteering at the school because I am making an impact on someone’s life and I am gaining valuable experience teaching at the school.
I would challenge everyone to volunteer during college. You can really change a person’s life and you will learn from your experience as well. After a lesson one day, I had a student say to me, “I used to not like the saxophone, I wanted to play the tuba. Now I really like it, its my favorite instrument.” Comments and thoughts like this make it worth while to volunteer. I will definitely continue to volunteer here during my college years.

Dead Day Fun!!!

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What do you get with a beautiful Nashville day, no school, great friends, and a great idea??? A trip to the Nashville Zoo on Dead Day!! Dead Day, for those who don’t know, is supposed to be a “study day” before exams start. However, most of my exams were before Dead Day, so I got to just hang out with friends!

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This is me

The summer of 2007. Let me take you there. I was 21 years old, unemployed and living at home with my parents, had already been to two colleges, not taking classes at the moment, extremely unsure about my future, and then I did what any normal 21 year old would do, I got a dog. brian.JPG

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Tennessee.

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Lately – Nashville is really transforming into a place that resembles home. I am so unbelievably happy for the friends that the Lord has placed in my life. Annie Leibowitz once stated, “You can simply change yourself by picking up and moving.” One-year-and-a-half-ago, I did just that. I packed as much as I could into my dad’s shiny-blue pick-up truc, leaving only memories spent with family and the solid foundation which constitutes who I am today. Now, it is the year of two-thousand-and-eight…and here I am.

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Looking Forward to Looking Back

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The bright lights of the city shined brilliantly as I began to descend into Nashville. And for that matter, so did the smile on my face. For some reason, I am confident that this year is going to be much different from last year. I plan to make every moment count as if it would be my last. Furthermore, I definitely want to put forth 110% in school, and in the meantime, set aside time to explore the creative side of photography and writing.

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Little Moments. Big Magic.

Last weekend was fall break! It was so wonderful to be able to go back to Franklin and spend time with my family and friends from home. I have to say that fall break did not last nearly long as I would have hoped, but I really enjoyed the memories that were made. The first night back in Franklin, I went to Ellen’s house to watch Pageant Place on MTV. Belmont Alum and Miss USA 2007, Rachel Smith, is one of the main characters. It was a pretty good show. It’s just another reality TV show, but I enjoyed it! The rest of the weekend involved going to events for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Middle Tennessee.

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Sorority Recruitment and Such!

Last week was Sorority Rush Week! It kept me insanely busy, but it was so much fun! I loved being able to spend time and create great memories with my sisters in Phi Mu. Since I went through spring recruitment, it was a completely new experience for me. It was incredible being on the other side of recruitment. I don’t remember myself being nervous when I went through, but I was SO nervous this fall and I’m already IN a sorority! I guess it’s mostly because I wanted to make sure that every girl in the room had a lot of fun and that they were all comfortable. My favorite night of the week was “skit night.” I was one of the performers!! My sisters asked me to dig down deep into my bag of talents and bring out my rap skills. Well, it was very…umm…interesting. Ha ha. Let me just say that I won’t be giving up singing for rapping anytime soon!!

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Twenty-One

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I’m so excited about life right now! The abundance of homework – well – not so much. This past week I turned the big twenty-one. The events of the day consisted of eating lunch at one of the premeire restaurants in Nashville,
Stoney River. Personally, this is now one of my most favorite restaurants in Nashville-town. It is rock-awesome! I highly recommend it.
As the day went on, my parents sent me balloons to Lyric Street Records. And to make the day even more exciting – my buddy Nick – and my friends – Jess and Jody, took me out for dinner at Logan’s Roadhouse. They are my second family. Jammin’ to the music of Rascal Flatts with the three of the most rock-awesome people ever could not have been better! I was soaring – soaring with bombastic excitement!!! I mean…if that is not a rock-awesome twenty-first…than I don’t know what is!

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Livin’ the Dream

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I know I say this in every single blog so why break the tradition? Life is absolutely crazy-busy. And why in the world is summer going so fast? Will it ever slow down? This week is definitely one of the busiest weeks yet so far this summer. Tonight – I’m going to hang out with my buddy Greg – and later on – plan to catch up with another buddy of mine at Fido’s – a local coffee shop located right here in the heart of Nashville Town.

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