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Today was an awesome day.
Every semester, we have ensemble auditions. I set goals for myself, I practice a lot, I get nervous, I don't do as well as I can, and I get close but am always a bit shy of my goals.
Not this semester. This semester, I did it. My goals were to move up into Wind Orchestra and become a principal in UPO, and I did it. I'm not trying to brag, but I am really, really proud of myself.
My Mom once read that quote (above) in the newspaper and then said it to us in every applicable situation. Finally, it makes complete sense. Nothing but hard work turns a goal into reality. It feels really great to have success in an area I've been working on for a while and to have my hard work recognized in the way I was hoping it would be. I am hoping this is a sign of more good things to come throughout this last year of my undergrad.
For now, I'm just looking forward to rehearsals and beginning grad school applications.
I guess my prediction from earlier this week was right: this should be a great year.