I always kept telling myself that I should do another blog post, but I kept putting it off. One of my goals for the new year is to contribute more content and...I'm already 14 days late on that promise. But, hey, you have to start somewhere.
Some of the things I've done since I've last written have already been covered by my sister (Thanksgiving, Christmas, some random tidbits in our lives (Thanks, Jess, now I have nothing to say! =/)). So, let's just start with what I'm personally doing.
JTerm here on campus (also known as January Term) is established so that during the month of January, you don't have the pressures of the beginning of the semester with five classes, clubs, sports, extra curricular activities, etc on your plate. You, essentially, have all of JTerm off. But, you either spend that time doing an internship, studying abroad, taking a class (which is pass/fail) or doing independent study. (If there are any other options, I don't know about them.)
JTerm was specifically designed for students to try their hand at internships and a lot of students do go ahead and do those, as well as study abroad. It takes a little bit to get used to how much quieter the campus is, but it's great that you aren't constantly vying for "prime parking" on campus since there aren't a lot of cars there, and for those that are leaving their cars on campus, they have to park in Siberia (the only parking lot that's waaaaaaay farther from campus than any others. Trust me, you don't want to park there, especially if your class is on the other side of campus).
I'm doing independent study this month for my senior project/recital. My topic is culminating all the percussion instruments I've learned to play over the years (as well as the different styles of music such as samba, latin, jazz, rock, etc) and chronicling the women's roles with the instruments from their countries of origins as they traveled to the United States, as well as touching women's roles with percussion now.
This weekend we're going snow tubing and ice skating. I've gone ice skating a handful of times, and once even had a pretty fun ice skating date too, but I've never gone snow tubing. At the place we're going, you can also snowboard and ski. I don't know if we'll be allowed to try it while we're there but if we can, I want to try snowboarding. I always thought it looked like fun.
Other than that, school is school.
On another note, I had recently found a new band that Jess and I absolutely love. They're a christian-rock band by the name of Skillet. Don't let the genre fool you, they're pretty great. I had found the band by looking through videos on youtube and stumbled across a video taking clips from various TV shows (I think they were mostly soap operas) to highlight the emphasis of the lyrics to this song called Hero.
What caught my attention with this song first was that they had a woman featured on the track to work with the male lead singer. Their voices mixed perfectly, but it was a bit startling to hear on this kind of song. After that, i went to find more songs by the band with the woman singing and to find out who she is. Upon further investigation I found out that her name is Jen Ledger and not only does she sing for the band, but she's also the drummer. I showed the video to Jess mainly for the song and kept sending her more and more videos of Skillet and we both instantly liked the band. (Personally, they've pretty much been the only band I've been listening to lately).
I hope everyone had happy holidays and the new year started out well for you.
PS: Some Skillet videos below.