Hey there guys! It's been a while since I've written a journal entry like this. College has been keeping me busy, busy, busy lately. I think I'll take it just one section at a time, here.
School in General
Well, last Thursday was the start of the new term, finally. I passed all of my classes with a C or above. (I even somehow passed both biology lecture and lab). I should be thanking the Heavenly Lord for helping me out with my final biology test, as I somehow passed it with a 96.5%. I am confident that all of my classes this term will be really easy. I'm still in concert choir and jazz band and I'm getting my literature, public speaking, and history classes out of the way. The reason why I feel so confident is because I really have been improving on my English skills since high school and the instructors that I have for each course I've already come know long before this term even started, so I feel that it will be much easier to go to them for help should I ever have to.
Music & Theater
Oh my, I have been REALLY busy with performances the past month, it's crazy! February 1st, 8th, 22nd, 26th, and coming up here on March 1st and 6th have all been nights where I've been on that little stage in the gym on campus for basketball games with the jazz band. February 15th I had the winter concert with my concert choir while on February 21st and 22nd was the weekend of JazzFest. If you're wondering what JazzFest even is, it's a short little festival full of jazz music that only lasts about two days. My jazz band opened it up with an hour long concert that Friday with some guest artists and the next day was a competition for high school jazz bands. I had to help out at the high school competition for a few hours in the morning. It was basically a combination of my summer cashier job and when I used to volunteer at the Civic Center way back when. I guided people to the auditorium and restrooms and point out to the directors where their homerooms are and where the warm up room was located at. I had to turn on my customer service face and voice so early in the morning...ahaha.
There's also been a couple small vocal performances in between the big ones. February 9th I went to a Lutheran Church to sing some church-related songs and a song that we were to perform at our choir concert that following Saturday, "Zion's Walls." It was sort of a disaster, ahaha. But still, the people of the church really enjoyed what we did and appreciated that we came, since they don't have a choir on their own. Only about ten to fifteen of us went to that service out of the forty some of the total choir members, but it was still a good turnout, I think. About a week later I went to a retirement home and performed a short little solo for a Valentine's Day banquet. The song I sang was actually the opening theme to the show "Firefly." A couple others that came sang solos of their own, and then all of us together sang "You Are the New Day" and "Seasons of Love." Once again, the people of the retirement home really appreciated the very few of us coming and singing for them. Pay It Forward, right?
Now you're probably looking at the title of this section and thinking "What's that? Stevie's in theater now?" Yep, you're right! I auditioned for my school's spring play because I'd figured that it would be pretty great if I had some stage acting experience for when I go to start voicing for FUNimation in the future. I was hesitant at first on auditioning, but I did and they welcomed me about a week later when I went to go see the cast list. I play a soldier in MacBeth by William Shakespeare. I was told by a friend of mine, who's in the cast with me, that I do get some lines, but I've not yet to find said lines in the script. So far we've only done "table work," which is where we sit down, go through the script, and analyze the Shakespearean language and know what all exactly is going on. I am looking forward to going through the rest of the script, working with everyone, and putting on this production in late April! It's going to be a real fun experience for sure!
Next weekend I'll be coming back to my hometown for the first time in over a month because the performances from the section above have been keeping me here in my college town. Though I won't be able to come back until sometime Friday afternoon because of a Macbeth rehearsal in the morning, but that's alright. I'm actually a bit homesick...this is a surprise. I really miss my two cats and one pug back home. As much as I absolutely love spending time with my friends here at college, I also miss the crazy times with my crazy friends that I've known for many years.
My dad and step mom came to visit me on campus on Valentine's Day, which completely made my entire day. Normally I'm really depressed on Valentine's Day, because I never have anyone to spend time with. But I was completely surprised when I got the text from my step mom saying they were going to come out and take me out to dinner, and that depression went away. The next day my mom and step dad came to visit me. They also took me out to dinner and then watched my choir concert. It was really nice seeing some family members since I couldn't be home for this whole month.
The Weight Loss Journey
Okay, I admit, since I've started college, I've gained some pounds. But hey, that's the way it is for everyone on their first year of college, right? So to try and lose these pounds that I've gained, I've started walking the inside track in the gym on campus for about an hour. I've known about this inside track the whole school year...I don't know why I didn't start walking around it when it got cold enough to stop me from walking all around campus for an hour, AHAHAHAHA. *shot* Here's another thing that I'm looking forward to coming home to: A scale. I really need a scale to see if I'm making any progress or not. Who knows, maybe I'll eventually be brave enough and start joining my friends on their Insanity workouts.
There isn't a whole lot in this section to talk about...I haven't really done much in the past month. I've sent in lines for an upcoming project and a fandub for VocalPark
. I'm planning on recording hopefully this weekend for a couple fandubs. One such fandub is a Frozen fandub with
. It's been a really long time since I've fandubbed with her, I'm really looking forward to it!
The big thing that's happened though for my voice acting...a Brawl machinima that I voice in has FINALLY been released! Twist of Fate! Check out part one of the first episode here! I voice Zelda!
Also another silly thing...I actually ended up doing some voice acting for my public speaking class at the end of my introduction speech. It was basicially another live fandub, but with no visuals this time. I did another scene from RWBY, once again a scene that I had fandubbed previously. (For people who have seen the series: "Oh my God, you really exploded"). Everyone had seemed to enjoy it, as I looked around the room I noticed some smiles and some people laughing.
I think that's it...if you read this whole thing, kudos to you! It's been forever since I've written such a long journal entry. XD I will talk to you guys later, and I will be seeing my real life friends next weekend!