Last week I was invited to attend a solo piano recital performed by a former chaperon from my study abroad trip to Ecuador, Grace Zhao. Grace works in the Music Department as the university’s Artist-in-Residence, as well as the Director of Keyboard studies. Back in January, she excitedly signed on to become one of the three faculty chaperons for my study abroad January interterm class. Grace encountered more challenges than anyone else throughout our short two week trip, yet the entire time she persevered and remained so positive. She was an excellent role model on how to handle having all the odds stacked against you. That short two week trip really bonded everybody who went through the experience together; we now all have this trip as a memory to share and keep for the rest of our lives. So, obviously, when Grace sent out an email inviting everyone from the trip to attend her solo concert, I was more than happy to attend the concert and support her. The concert took place Sunday night and the Morgan Auditorium. A few other peers from my trip attended, including one of the professors.
Grace played a beautiful hour-and-a-half-long performance, showcasing pieces by Bach, Beethoven, Rachmaninoff, and Tan Dun. It was absolutely mesmerizing watching her perform and seeing, for the first time, just how gifted and talented she is. Grace brought each piece to life, allowing the melodies to flow throughout her in waves of emotions. Her name says it all—she has such a grace about her, and her musicality is astoundingly beautiful. If you ever find yourself on campus on Sunday evenings, look for the Morgan Auditorium. It will be featuring more concerts on Sundays throughout the rest of this semester.
Okay everyone, are you ready for your question of the week?
What do you appreciate most about music and the arts?
I personally appreciate how the University of La Verne takes pride in its art department; I feel as though the art department here really shines and isn’t neglected. There are so many wonderful and talented faculty members that inspire me to expand my own individual practice each and every day.
Feel free to leave a comment and share your thoughts in the comment box down below. See you next week! (:
procrastination [proh-kras-tuh-ney-shuh n, pruh-] noun: the act or habit of putting off or delaying, especially something requiring immediate attention
It’s what I’ve been doing the entire semester (even now as I write this blog). I went from perfect, attentive student during my sophomore year to procrastinating queen this year. Between a full class load, sorority vice president duties and life in general, who has time to actually work?
If you’re stuck in a procrastination rut like me, check out these tips that I’m trying to implement (and maybe you should too!):
Use a planner. Don’t just buy one and have it sit on your desk, actually write things that need to be done and then accomplish them.
Develop a flexible schedule. Make sure there is plenty of time for extracurricular activities and fun things. If there is no room, you’ll feel overwhelmed and are more likely to procrastinate.
Ignore your phone. Turn it on silent, flip it over, ignore social media — at least until your break time. You wouldn’t look at your phone at work, so don’t do it while doing homework.
Work in productive environments. If you can’t do homework with noise, go to the library. If you like to be comfortable, sit on your bed. But no matter where you go, choose a place where you can avoid distractions.
Reward your progress. Create a reward system that celebrates your accomplishments. By providing incentive to finish, you’ll achieve more and won’t procrastinate as much.
Remember, if you slip up don’t be too hard on yourself. We’re all human and we all procrastinate, but we can also change habits and become more productive! So let’s finish this semester off well and kick distractions to the curb.
Until next time!
Excuse the pun in the title, it was just too easy. Really though, in such a small school I feared not finding my place, my group, my spot. But instead of being a number at this small private school, I am that sorority girl, that Christian, that journalist, that introvert, that tall-one-over-there. Sure, all of those identifiers are true, and that’s just fine with me, because I have found a group of people who accept that and welcome every aspect of me.
Going through SOAR at Orientation Week my freshman year, I was so nervous about who I would make friends with, the clubs I would join and the classes I would take, but each fit happened naturally. I met my first friend, Kellie, at SOAR where we bonded over both being journalism majors and from neighboring cities in Orange County. We sat together in our FLEX classes, went on a January Interterm trip to Ecuador together and both rushed sororities. She helped me get over the initial fear of making friends, and that is all it took to find my place at University of La Verne: one friend and a bit of confidence.
I had no intentions of going Greek, but when Kellie asked me to do it with her I figured I had nothing to lose and everything to gain. That everything is now my sorority. It just fits. They cultivated my confidence and encouraged me to try, learn and strive. My sisters inspire me every day to try my best in everything I do. I found another spot.
During freshman year, I lived on the same floor as my now roommate (and closest friend) Melanie. Her and I led Renew Christian Club for a year as president and vice president, and we grew extremely close. Whether we are in our room together or at a local coffee shop, we just get each other. There is something underrated about sharing a small room with a best friend.
These are just a few of the ways I gained my leopard spots at ULV, but not the only ones! This university welcomes diversity and encourages student growth in and out of the classroom. For this reason, I have developed friendships with people I probably never would have met. They are the ones who constantly shape me and push me farther than I thought possible.
So maybe college is a bit scary, but so is life. Luckily it’s the people we meet along the way that make this experience worth every penny.
Until next time.
This week the Residence Hall Association hosted an event called Pie with the President. Basically, students are invited to have a casual, sit-down conversation with our university’s president, Dr. Devorah Lieberman, over a slice a pie. How cool is that? I’ve attended one of these intimate events before, and I love it. President Lieberman is such a great conversationalist, and it’s a pleasure to get to know her on a more personal level. She always starts the event by going around and having everyone introduce themselves. Then she gives a short “TED Talk” (this time she gave a short speech on her favorite philosopher Isocrates). Afterwards, she lets students ask her pretty much anything they would like to know about her (assuming that the questions are appropriate).
Thanks to Pie with the President, I was able to get to know President Lieberman on a more personal level, which I think is so important. When President Liebermen, the faculty, and the staff constantly demonstrate their commitment to the student body, how can you not feel welcomed? One of the major reasons why I chose to attend the University of La Verne was because of the sole fact that during the admission process, I was constantly reminded of how much I was wanted and how I would be an asset to the school, rather than how the school’s name would an asset to me (not that the University of La Verne isn’t a great school); I just loved the fact that the University didn’t try to “sell its name” to me, rather, they tried to establish a personal connection with me. And really, how often would you get the chance to sit and have a piece of pie with the president at any other school? The University of La Verne really is a community-centered college, and I’m so glad I get to be a part of it and call La Verne my home.
Are you ready for your question of the day?
What do you love most about the University of La Verne?
I love how the faculty and staff invest so much of their time trying to build personal relationships with the student body. I think that’s what really makes the “La Verne Experience.”
Feel free to share your thoughts in the comment box down below. See you next week! (:
Everyone in La Verne is different in their own special way. One thing that can make students the same or different is music. Like one of my fellow bloggers, Krista, we connected through our FLEX experience, but we did not share the same taste in music. That was okay because it contributes to our school’s diversity.
I enjoy listening to pop, r&b, and hip hop. All of these genres contribute to who I am as a person. I am very social with most people I come into contact with. My favorite artists are Janelle Monae, Kendrick Lamar, Tori Kelly, and Tinashe. I was even lucky enough to meet Tinashe last summer and that made my day.
Every year the University of La Verne puts on LaVernapalooza where big artist perform for the students. We just recently found out that 2Chainz will be headlining for the show this year. The University lets the students decide the artist that will perform. The list that was given to vote on, included New Politics, 2Chainz, 1975, and Yellowcard.