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Possible Change of Scenery Come Fall '09

I know, I know... That's not next year, that's the year AFTER. Why must I be one of those people who likes to have long-term plans and goals? If it were up to me, I'd know exactly what I would be doing October 28th, 2015. Sadly, though, I am not able to predict the future.

In any case, I am thinking about transferring to another school for the first semester of my Jr. year. I like Belmont. I do. But the opera program is, at best, lacking. I just feel that I'd do best somewhere where there were people as-- devoted is the only word coming to mind, but it's not the right word-- "devoted" as I am to opera performance. Keep in mind that this plan is still in the egg. It's not even hatched, yet. It could end out that I stay at Belmont until I graduate and then move on to another establishment for my Masters. We'll see. All I know is that I don't think I'll really get much experience here. It's only been one semester; I could be reading what I've seen so far completely wrong.

There is one thing that's holding me back, though. I absolutely adore my voice teacher, Dr. Coleman. She's all sorts of brilliant, and she's helping me become so much better. I can already tell a difference, and we've only been having lessons for a few months. Imagine how much she can help me in 4 years! I wish I could just fold her up and put her into my purse so I can take her with me to wherever I go. hah She's great, though.

Here are a few of my possible choices:
New England Conservatory (paired with either Harvard or Tuft)
Peabody Institute (part of Johns-Hopkins U)
U of Cincinnati Conservatory of Music
Vanderbilt
U of Missouri Kansas
Boston U

Moving on...

I'm watching a show on MTV called "True Life..." I'm sure you've all heard of it. This particular segment is about arranged marriages, and I have absolutely no idea how they work out in the end. It doesn't make sense to me. I mean, they don't know the person they're marrying?!?! How could this be a good idea? I'd FREAK OUT. That's the person that I'm going to spend the rest of my life with, and I don't know what his favorite color is? Another thing is that they are pressured to marry young. In my case, I'd be really feeling the heat from my parents (if they were into that sort of thing, which they aren't, thank GOD) to find a husband. I can't imagine. There are girls out there that are my age (and YOUNGER) that are MARRIED. Now, the majority of those marriages are not arranged, but I guess I've changed topics, now.

To be completely honest, I'm done with that topic as a whole. It makes me nervous.

I'm going to go, now.

~Stef

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