It’s the beginning of midterm season here at Tufts, and the campus climate has definitely changed. What was once a laid-back, carefree, happy vibe has turned into one filled with many activities, meetings, exams, and projects. I’ll be honest with y’all, it’s a stressful time for me, too. I have two jobs, one student leadership position, two club executive-board positions, and weekly meetings to balance. This is all on top of taking the maximum number of academic credits, by the way.
Unfortunately, this is also the time when students (especially first-years) begin to question whether or not this lifestyle is for them. I had many of those moments last year, but I cope with that feeling by reflecting on how far I’ve come and the many opportunities I’ve been blessed with. I’ll share a few of them with y’all by finishing the following sentence:
Never would I have dreamed that…
1) I would’ve tried out for (and made it into) an a capella group (I never sang before tryouts)
2) I would be working alongside the same admissions officers I met two years ago when I was a senior in high school
3) I would have the opportunity to serve as a student leader for first-years
4) I would declare Music as one of my majors
5) I would give up my 13-year dream of becoming a doctor
6) Bachata would become one of my favorite genres of music
7) I would be a part of a Black movement against police brutality and institutional racism
8) Deans, department heads, and other higher-ups at Tufts would know my name
9) I would get the chance to organize Voices of Tufts, the program I came to during my senior year
10) I would be part of an initiative to increase diversity in the Music department
These are a few of the many different things I have been blessed to be a part of here at Tufts, and to all the prospective students out there who are a little unsure about their chances of getting into Tufts, just remember that you have a ZERO percent chance of getting in if you don’t apply. Good luck to everyone, and please reach out if you have any questions.