We all know that one kid who quit band after high school because it wasn’t “cool.” Well, here’s a message to the “cool kids” who quit band; you missed out on a lot of great opportunities.
High school is one of the most intimidating stages of young adulthood. Some people become so involved in their image, they forget that high school is about the learning experience and staying true to who you are.
I participated in the Rome City School District’s music program since I was in 5th grade. Even at such a young age, I had the opportunity to meet people who would become my lifelong friends. I never doubted that I would continue to be involved in music while in high school, and staying involved was one of the best decisions I’ve ever made.
Rome Free Academy is known for its impeccable musical productions, put on by incredibly talented students. Over the last few years, RFA's marching band has become the talk of the town, with more people attending RFA football games for the band's half-time performance than for the game itself. Until you become involved in the music program, you do not understand the amount of time, dedication, and hard work it takes to be a contributing member.
During my freshman year of high school, I was involved in marching band, concert band, freshman chorus, and the musical. For a freshman, it was a lot of work being involved in that many programs, but I loved every second of it. Being involved in these programs started to teach me how time-management was going to play a large role in my high school career. By senior year, I was involved in almost every music group offered at RFA including: Marching Band, Wind Ensemble, Jazz Band, Concert Choir, Rhapsody, Select Choir, and more. Being busy is something I love, but being involved in all of these groups took busyness to another level. Managing my time, while still putting in my best work, was something I learned very quickly through RFA’s music program.
The management skills I’ve learned through the music program have been carried with me in everything I do. If it wasn’t for music, I would have been able to go home after school, sit on the couch, and do nothing (which may have been ideal during my time in high school), but I am beyond thankful for how busy music kept me. If I had decided not to continue on with the music program, I would not have been prepared for any internship I have had.
During an internship, a lot of things are put on your plate. You are given a lot of different projects that take up a lot of your time and energy. Although these projects differ in size, the amount of required effort stays the same. While at an internship, people are always watching you; impressing your co-workers and making sure your work is the best it can be should be at the top of your priority list.
That being said, being involved in my high school’s music program taught me valuable skills that not only helped me survive high school, but helped prepare me for future internships as well. So, if you’re worried about your high school image, join the music program. It’s what all the “cool” kids do.