Pushing Forward in a Time of Change
“The only way that we can live, is if we grow. The only way that we can grow is if we change. The only way that we can change is if we learn. The only way we can learn is if we are exposed. And the only way that we can become exposed is if we throw ourselves out into the open. Do it. Throw yourself.” ― C. JoyBell C.
Throwing yourself into a situation is something that applies to almost every aspect of life. Sometimes it is something that is planned, and other times we might just happen to be in the situation by chance. Either way, the world is constantly changing, and it is not waiting for anyone to keep up with it. Embracing and taking on change with full confidence and determination is something that I realized is extremely important, and it is a philosophy that I try to follow every day, even if it is uncomfortable at first.
Throughout my college experience, I have seen a lot of change and growth in myself, and in the Tell School of Music at Millersville University. Pushing and changing yourself comes with making the most of whatever opportunity comes your way, and sometimes, that may mean leaving your comfort zone and making the changes that you believe will benefit your future self. Attending the 2019 NAMM Show in Anaheim, CA was one of the best opportunities that I have been afforded as a student. This experience provided insight into the latest and most innovative music products from hundreds of major manufacturers and suppliers from across the globe. When I heard the Tell School of Music’s MBT program was sponsoring a trip to NAMM and one of my professors suggested that I apply for NAMM’s President’s Innovation Award, I couldn’t have been more excited. Applying and receiving this award opened a new path for me. Although the thought of engaging with the top brands in the industry seemed a bit intimidating at first, I embraced the opportunity following my “throw yourself” philosophy.