I’ve been playing the viola for about 6 years now, and recently joined a new orchestra. A couple of weeks ago, I made the decision to challenge my stand partner. Now, I had been placed into second chair, and he had been placed into first chair:
I’m getting to that point in the semester where everything starts to feel like it’s really bearing down on me; extracurriculars, homework, studying, passions, and all the pressures that come with being a student have started to get overwhelming.
Do you ever find yourself feeling helpless when faced with the huge issue of global warming? I know that I often do. In a world that seems to be controlled by people who are much older than us, it can be difficult to figure out ways in which we
It's super fun to write, draw, and create other forms of art. When you’ve got a lot that you want to get done, however, it can be very tempting to try to do as much as possible at once to make sure nothing gets left behind. But what happens when you
I’m very familiar with public transit--I’ve ridden the bus with my parents my whole life, and on my own since I was thirteen. Recently, I went on a trip to another city, which unlike where I live has a subway. Before I left, I researched its transit
I'm starting my second semester of college next week. Looking ahead, I have approximately 13 hours in class per week (plus however many hours of homework, class readings, practicing, studying, etc.), plus a 3-credit online course. I'm also working 10
Ever since I can remember, I’ve been a pianist. I’ve been playing since I was four or five, but from when I was ten to when I was thirteen, I went through a massive slump where it failed to bring me the joy it used to. Eventually, I realized that the
(Disclaimer: I’m not an expert on improv, and this information is all based on my own experience unless noted otherwise. All the movement improv I’ve done has been supervised by a teacher, and in a dance studio, so I can’t necessarily advise on doing
"You have to learn to live in the moment!"
Ever heard that phrase, or a variation? I know I have; it's one of those platitudes, valuable but overused, that is easy to deliver and hard to follow through on. It's all very well to tell someone to live i
I write this post at a time shortly after the holidays of Rosh Hashanah (the Jewish New Year) and Yom Kippur (the "Day of Atonement"), and so my mind has lately been on a theme that is very closely connected to both of the above holidays in Judaism:
When you’re young, especially--or at least that’s my impression, I haven’t ever not been young after all!--figuring out who you are can be a big thing. I’ve written before specifically about my experience realizing I’m gay, but beyond that, I’ve foun
Criticism can be a great tool to improving our skills and strengthening our weak points. Now I’m not talking about the “critics” that comment on your stuff with “your art sucks” or “you’re a terrible writer”. I’m referring to constructive criticism,
If you're coming here after reading my blog post of last month (Sister to Sister: Reusable Menstrual Pads—the Whats and Whys), then welcome back! If not, then you may wish to read that first (particularly if you're unfamiliar with the concept of reus
Have you started your period (otherwise known as your menstrual cycle, "that time of the month," or any number of more creative names) yet? If you haven't, and if you're a biological girl within NMG's target age range, chances are you will at some po
Previously, I’ve written a blog post on finding motivation in writing a story you love, but how do you actually start the darn thing? There’s plots, outlines, character sheets- and even then when you have all of those, just getting the write words ou
One time or another, we’ve all felt happy, sad, excited, stressed, angry, curious, scared, embarrassed, or proud, as well as countless other emotions and combinations thereof. For better or worse, feelings are something we all experience constantly -
May 13th is Mother's Day 2018 in the United States of America. Next month, on June 17th, we have Father's Day. On both of these days, many people go out of their way to do something special for or with their parents, whether giving them gifts, cookin
“Do you have any advice for embarrassment? I get embarrassed about the littlest things; things I say or do, or how I look, and I really want to get over this.”
I get embarrassed pretty easily, too. I’ll say something “weird,” dress slightly
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