Although taking classes for your distribution requirements or your major is important, I would say it is equally as important to take classes simply because they pique your interest or sound like fun. For me this semester, that class was Chamber Singers. I did a lot of music and theater in high school, but so far, I haven’t been as involved in the theater and music communities at Tufts. I missed being involved in the arts, so I decided to take Chamber Singers.
Chamber Singers meets every Monday and Wednesday afternoon from 3-4:15. On Mondays, it is my fourth class of the day, and by 3 pm, I am pretty exhausted, but I still always look forward to Chamber Singers. All of my other classes are much more academic in traditional terms, and I’ve found it relieving to have a more “mellow” class to look forward to during the week. I’ve also met some wonderful people in the class that share my passion and love for music.
On Sunday, April 16th, we had our spring concert where we, in conjunction with Concert Choir, performed several pieces, including Mozart’s Requiem. Preparing for the concert brought me back to my high school days when I would spend hours rehearsing for whatever musical or play I was doing at the time. I’ve been pursuing theater and music continually since the age of six, but when I got to college, I decided to take a break to focus on my academics and pursue other passions. Being up on that stage for the spring concert made me realize how much I love performing, and how much I’ve missed it. Had I not signed up for Chamber Singers, I’m not sure I would have realized how important performing is to me and how much I want to continue pursuing the arts at Tufts and beyond.
After taking Chamber Singers and performing in the spring concert, I’ve realized that while it is important to prioritize academics, it is also important to prioritize that which brings you joy. Additionally, while I think it was good for me to take a break from theater and music for a while if you are passionate about something, you do not need to put it on the sidelines to focus on academics. At Tufts, it is possible to do well academically and pursue your passions, and although I did not realize that at first, I do now, and I will be pursuing the arts as well as my studies while at Tufts, as each is equally as important in my eyes.