This summer will be a rather quiet one for me. I will be going to the LoVetri Institute for Somatic Voicework in July, but other than that I will be at home and working full-time at a local restaurant. However, even though I'm not doing summer programs or taking classes, that doesn't mean that I can't have a full and productive summer. I have several goals for the summer that I want to accomplish before I begin graduate school in the fall.
Goal 1: Learn a Role
This summer, I am going to spend a good deal of my time prepping and learning a role that I may have the chance to perform next school year. If I get the role, great! I'll have already done all the preparation and won't be scrambling to memorize the opera. If I don't get cast, I'll still have another role under my belt. I've so far been writing translations and IPA into my score. I hope to soon start learning the role in the practice room.
Goal 2: Learn French
I don't expect to become fluent in French this summer, but I hope to cover a good deal of ground in the language. I took French 1 my first semester of Freshman year in undergrad, and I will have to take French 2 in my graduate studies. I don't have much memory of what I learned in French 1, so I am hoping to cover that material again this summer. There are many great resources for learning a language for free at home which I have been and will continue to utilize.
Goal 3: Health and Wellness
I've been trying to live a healthier lifestyle this year (haven't we all?) with varied success. My diet is better and I try my best to take care of my emotional/mental wellness by journaling and meditating. However, there are many things that I would like to learn more about. I'd like to become more active and find a workout routine that is truly right for me. I would like to learn more about meditation and different meditation practices. I would love to know more about things like reflexology, essential oils, and color therapy. Luckily, my local library at home has lots of resources to help me learn about these sorts of things, and the internet is, of course, a wonderful way to learn about anything.
Goal 4: Study for Entrance Exams
When I go to school in the fall, I will have to take exams on music history, music theory, and aural skills. The university will provide study guides for these exams. I've been gathering my resources as I've been unpacking from school, so once these study guides are released, I can get started looking through old notes and textbooks.
Goal 5: Make a Bullet Journal/Planner
Planners are my very favorite way to stay organized. However, many planners that I've used in the past don't have the tools I want in order to stay as organized as I want to be. I searched and searched for something that I could use that would be perfect for my needs and lifestyle. Finally I decided that, if the perfect planner wasn't for sale, I would just make my own. I've been working on putting together a bullet journal for the first semester of next school year. Some people create their bullet journal as they go, but I want to have all the dates and calendars in there from the beginning so that I can use it to schedule out the whole semester.
So it will be a busy summer after all. I hope to post more as I work toward these goals and hopefully come up with some useful tips and ideas if any of you have similar goals. Stay tuned!