Life & Faith

It’s been a long time since I’ve published a post on this blog. I’ve been working my internship these past few months and I guess I just haven’t taken the time to sit and put my thoughts down lately. I just started the final month of my internship and I’m so excited to be so close to having my degree and becoming a board-certified music therapist. While I’m excited, there are a lot of other feelings that overpower my feelings of excitement. I’m tired. It has been a long five months so far. I have really enjoyed my internship, but as time wears on your start to really feel the weight of being in a unpaid internship. It’s not fun to work eight hour days five days a week and have nothing to show for it. I’m weary. Everyone keeps asking me about my next step and honestly I don’t have one. I applied for a job and they turned me down. I didn’t realize how hard that was. It left me questioning myself. Why am I not good enough for this job? What’s wrong with me? Why didn’t God give me this? I guess I’m just going through a big period of self doubt. You see music therapy isn’t a huge field. It’s growing, but there aren’t any positions open in Augusta. I could function as an activity therapist, but even those jobs are far and few between. I feel that God has called me to Augusta, but there isn’t really anything here for me. At least not from what I have seen. That’s the funny thing about Faith and Christianity. I can’t see God’s plans for my future, I just have to trust that they’re there. Something that I’ve found comforting through this period of time is Hebrews 11. This passage talks about the faith of many followers of God and what their faith brought them. It’s so much easier to believe in God’s faithfulness when we can see his faithfulness in the lives of others. I have really enjoyed reading Hebrews 11 because it spoke truth into my life. It assured me that God will provide for me in his timing (vs. 39-40) . They key to this passage is faith. If I don’t have strong faith through this period in time, then I won’t receive what God has for me. I pray that I can have the faith of Moses, Enoch, and all of the others in this passage.I am thankful for the reminder that this passage brings because it’s a reminder that without faith, we are nothing. I pray that you take time this week to read this passage and that God uses it to speak to you and whatever challenges stand in front of you.

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Music Therapist and Music Therapy Students: Where Should we Draw the Line?

Something that I really love about the music therapy profession is how hard everyone works for it to be recognized as a valid therapy. We spend four years in school studying and then 6 months in an internship. After that we have to pass a board certification exam and depending on what state we live in we might have to obtain a license to practice in that state. People have worked so hard to progress our field to where it is today and it is amazing to see, but there are some things that I’ve seen recently that don’t really sit well with me.

I’ve seen a lot of shared videos about the power of music and I absolutely love  it. It’s making people aware of the power that music has, but what is it doing for our profession. I know that there are a lot of different people and organizations that go around to different facilities and provide music for the residents there and I think that’s great. I also think it’s great that a lot of us are sharing these videos, but let me propose a question. Why would these facilities pay a music therapist when they have volunteers that come in and sing to the residents of these facilities? I know your response will be well they aren’t the same thing and I know they aren’t, but the people running these facilities don’t know that. So many people think that music therapists just go in and sing songs. They don’t realize that every song is hand selected to serve a specific purpose. They don’t understand that we do a thorough assessment before we begin treatment. They don’t understand anything about music therapy, but they do understand money and a lot of places don’t want to spend money where they don’t have to spend money.

Now I’m not writing this to make you feel bad about sharing these videos. I’m writing this to make sure that we’re aware of the impact that these things can have on our field. Yes we should be happy that these people are experiencing music, but we also have to remember that music is very delicate and that a lot of these people don’t have the training to use it in the ways that we do. My husband has been working for a TV station and this man sings in nursing homes and he told everyone that he likes to call it music therapy. If this man does that how many of people do this? I’m so thankful that my husband is a huge advocate for the music therapy profession because after the show he made sure to go up to the man and explain to him that he can’t call what he’s doing music therapy. The man didn’t realize that there was an actual music therapy field. So next time you see a video showing the power of music, appreciate it and enjoy seeing the power of music, but also think about what these videos do for the field of music therapy. Feel free to leave a comment about this, I’d love to discuss this topic with you!

The Key to a Low-Budget Wedding

So it has been about two weeks since I got married, and it has been great! I love being married and getting to spend so much time with Kaleb. Something that we keep talking about is just how much we loved our wedding. I’ve heard a lot of people talk about things that they would go back and fix if they had the chance, but Kaleb and I don’t have any of those feelings. The best part is that we don’t have any of those feelings and our wedding cost us under $5,000.00. So I figured that I would write a post about what I did to keep my wedding at a lower cost to share with any other brides that are frugal!

  1. Pay attention to the city that you’re in. Some cities will be a lot more expensive than others. The bigger the city, the higher the cost … of EVERYTHING. For example, I was looking at having my wedding at the Cultural Center in Augusta, Ga., but it was already booked for the day we wanted so we decided to have our wedding in Thomson. This saved us about $1,000.00 on the venue.
  2. The venue. Now my personal opinion is that churches are always the best venues, especially if you are a member at a church. Being a member at a church will save you so much money. Churches won’t be cheaper if you just find a church and get married there. Also when looking at venues, I recommend looking for an indoor venue. Outdoor venues are often very cheap, but by the time you add up all of the rentals I don’t think that you’ll be saving that much money. It’s a lot easier and less stressful to just have an indoor venue that already has all the tables and chairs that you need. Plus, this allows for accessible bathrooms and a kitchen. It helps that there’s no stress over wondering if it will rain on your day.
  3. Food and cake. First, let’s talk about cake. When you’re looking for a wedding cake you’ll more than likely get quotes above $500.00. So I recommend cupcakes. They’re easy to serve and a lot cheaper. We did a two tier white cake and 50 cupcakes for our wedding and it was just a little over $100.00. We just went to a local bakery and ordered it! Also for food, don’t look for a well-known caterer. They’ll always charge more. I started looking at caterers in Augusta and was planning on seeing if they could commute to Thomson, but it was looking like it would cost me over $20.00 a plate to do that. We ended up finding a wonderful restaurant in Thomson that does catering, and we were only charged $13.00 a plate. She isn’t known for her catering, but everyone in the town goes to her restaurant, and if I’m being honest, it’s the BEST wedding food I’ve ever had. It’s honestly the only time I’ve ever actually enjoyed food at a wedding.
  4. Another way to cut costs is doing a lot of the work yourself. My mother-in-law was a gem in helping with the wedding. She saved the day by planning the perfect centerpieces and helping us put them out on the tables. She bought the table cloths, rented some china, bought some glasses and fake flowers, and bought some plate stands for us to use. Then my mom and I bought some tulle and little boxes an doilies to help out. Having family to help set all of this up was great, and it was nice to do it ourselves because it gave me something to do that morning. I was allowed to see and make sure that the centerpieces looked good like I wanted them to. Plus, Kaleb was able to use his own computer and equipment for the reception, which made him trust everything a little bit more.
  5. The last way I saved money was on all the photographs. We didn’t hire a professional photographer. They cost a lot of money, and Kaleb hates the way most photographers take pictures. Most photographers have blurry backgrounds and he doesn’t like their editing, so by getting my cousin to take the pictures, Kaleb was able to edit them. A lot of people have said that they regretted not getting a professional photographer, but Kaleb and I think that it is one of the best decisions we made. We also just had a video camera capture the wedding rather than hire a videographer. We just wanted to capture the ceremony, we didn’t want an artsy video that only showed a few snippets of our big day. The ceremony was the most important part to us, so we wanted to make sure we had the entire thing to watch.
  6. Music. Music is also an aspect of weddings that can be expensive. The good thing about getting married in a church is that an organ and piano are available along with someone to play it. We were so lucky that the pianist that plays on the worship team with Kaleb was willing to play for our wedding as a gift and she did beautifully. Then my aunt led the songs. I’ll be making a special post about my wedding music later, so be on the lookout for that! Then luckily the Family Life Center at the church had speakers and equipment Kaleb knew how to operate, so we were able to just plug a playlist in and not hire a DJ.

So these are some of my tips for weddings, and I hope that they can help you out with planning your big day. Also, I’m going to put in a shameless plug here because why not? Kaleb and I have really felt God putting a call on our heart to make weddings more accessible financially. A wedding is a sacrament and it’s supposed to be a reflection of our relationship with Christ, so why is it so expensive? We hate it and we want to change that! If you’re looking for wedding musicians or a DJ then head over to our Facebook page KTab Music, and we’d love to work with you on a price you can afford. Also if you don’t feel like paying for an expensive photographer or videographer head on over to our Facebook page Natural Frame. I’m pursing a music degree and Kaleb has a Mass Communications degree and one of his focuses is video. We would love to help you out. So feel free to reach out to me here on my blog or at one of the pages above. I look forward to hearing from you and I hope that this has helped.

Seven Days

In Seven Days I will be married. Lately a lot of people have been asking me if I’m nervous or stressed out and they’re always surprised when I tell them no. I printed a checklist off of pinterest and planned my wedding without any problems. It has been a great season, but I knew it would be.

You see I met Kaleb in August of 2014. When I first met him we spent three hours talking and din’t even realize that much time had gone by. About two weeks after meeting him I told my mom that I was going to marry him. She thought I was crazy, but here we are! I’ve always known I was going to marry him, so getting to plan our big day has been a blast! We’re getting married at the First United Methodist Church in Thomson, Georgia. We’re having our ceremony and our reception there. We’re having hymns being played by an organ and my aunt Celina leading the hymns. We’re having a delicious southern dinner for the reception and it’s going to be a blast. Everything has fallen into place perfectly….well perfectly for the wedding that is.

We still don’t have a place to live after the wedding. I don’t know if anyone knows this, but most apartments require you to make at least 3 times the rent in order to live there and Kaleb doesn’t make that. He’s been looking for a new job for months and nothing has worked out. It’s been very upsetting. It’s hard not to lose faith and just feel completely upset. It feels as though our spiritual walks are going through a long never ending test. I’ve spent a lot of this season really angry with God and really upset. It has been hard to keep faith. I know that God is going to provide, but we’ve been waiting for about six months and it has been very silent. Kaleb recently got a part time job for the church we attend and we’re really excited about it. It’ll be so helpful during this season. Right as we start to lose our faith it seems as though God does something to tell us to hold on.

This has been the longest battle we’ve faced and I don’t know when it will be over, but I know that God is watching over us. I’m just writing this to say that life is hard sometimes and sometimes God will test us and we just have to be strong and keep our faith. I’ve never been this vulnerable with people, but I hope that maybe this can serve as a reminded to others that we don’t know God’s plan, but he has one. Life may be hard, but there is light. Just keep praying and trust in God.

I’m an Oboe Player and I Don’t Make my Own Reeds.

Hello everyone as you can see from the title of this article I am an oboe player. I began playing the violin in the fourth grade, I picked up the flute in the sixth grade, and I began playing oboe in the tenth grade. No one has ever asked me why I started playing oboe, so I’m going to share that with you. I came from a very small band that didn’t have an oboe. We were preparing for festival and one our pieces had oboe solos in them, so I decided to pick up the oboe so that they could be played. I learned to play the oboe from reading a book called The Art of Oboe Playing: Including Problems and Techniques of Oboe Reed Making by Robert Sprenkle. If you have anything to do with teaching band I highly recommend this read so that you can better understand the oboe.

I’ve been playing the oboe for almost seven years and I’ve only ever had one lesson on it and it was a test lesson at a college that I really wanted to attend. Everything I know about the oboe comes from the book named above. In my time playing the oboe I’ve been criticized time and time again for things that I don’t know how to fix. This books tells you how to make reeds, how the reed and oboe work, the back ground on the oboe, but this book doesn’t tell you many other things. It didn’t tell me how to play dynamics, how to get a fuller sound, that you have to push the two reeds on an oboe reed closer together because starting off the opening is always too big, it didn’t tell me the art of playing high notes, and it didn’t tell me how to fix my intonation. These are things that I’ve had to learn through trial and error and things that I’m still trying to learn.

A question that I have been asked a lot since I began playing oboe is: Do you make your own oboe reeds? No? A real oboe player would make their own oboe reed. A question that I would like to ask every other musician: Are you expected to make your mouth piece brass players? Are you expected to make your reeds single reed wind players? Are you expected to make your own strings, bow, and rosin string players? No? Then why are double reed players the only ones that have to be able to make something in order to truly play their instrument? I’m very passionate about this because it’s very hurtful to be told that you can’t possibly be an oboe player if you don’t make your own reeds. Let me tell you why I don’t make my own reed.

In order to make oboe reeds you need: a knife, sharpening stones/sticks, cane, staples, a mandrel, thread, plaque, a ruler, and a cutting block. These are just basic things you get assuming that you aren’t starting from a piece of cane that needs to be gouged because then you would need a reed gouger and shaper. All of these pieces together can be over 1,000.00 and even then you’re still missing a teacher to actually teach you. You can’t just read a book and learn how to make an oboe reed. It’s an art that must be taught. I would absolutely love to learn to make oboe reeds, but I’ve never had a teacher or connections to learn how to. It’s a lot easier for me to buy reeds from the store and shave them down to make the sound that I want to hear.

I’m writing this so that we can stop tearing down double reed players that don’t make their own reeds. It’s hard to do and it takes a lot of money that most students don’t have. It’s easier to buy store bought reeds or order reeds online from reed makers. Just something for everyone to think about!

When did being sensitive become a bad thing?


Recently, I was taking to a professor about something that was bothering me and I heard another classmate say that people need to stop being so sensitive. I was talking to a professor about something very inappropriate that another professor said in class so that I could see if there was anything that could be done about it and I was just amazed that someone said I was being sensitive. I’ll be the first to tell you that I’m a very sensitive person and I can admit that, but when did being sensitive become a bad thing? 

According to the Merriam-Webster dictionary sensitive means highly responsive or susceptible: such as easily hurt or damaged especially emotionally, delicately aware of the attitudes and feelings of others. Another definition says that sensitive means quick to detect or respond to slight changes, signals, or influences. 

Being sensitive can be bad because a sensitive person can be easily hurt, but when a sensitive person is being highly responsive that also means that this allows them to care deeply for others. In my field I think that being sensitive is a good thing because I am able to be aware of the attitudes and feelings of those around me, which can allow me to achieve a deeper understanding of those in my music therapy group. But I can also admit that in being sensitive sometimes I take things that people say to mean more than they intended them to mean.

The reason I’m taking the time to write this is to make sure that we’re all aware of our words. If you think someone is sensitive I promise you that they’ve probably been told that  their entire life. If someone acts a certain way that doesn’t sit well with you, let me encourage you to take that trait and see the good that it can do instead of writing it off as bad. We shouldn’t have the power to speak these words over people like they’re bad. A lot of people say that when you call a child something, such as bad, as they’re growing up then  you’re forcing them to be that word that you constantly put on them. Try to be understanding, don’t label people, and if you think that the way that someone is acting is bad, then try to help them see the good that the bad trait can bring. Don’t speak bad things over others because words have powers and we need to spend our time building people up not down. 

Not my Bible Verse

Recently, I have seen a lot of things that have me question Christian culture. When did Christianity become being holier than thou? When did Christianity become picking and choosing what parts of the bible we choose to follow? You might be wondering where these questions come from and I’m happy to share my thoughts with you.

In many areas in Georgia, there are chalk mines. These chalk mines are beautiful, they consist of white sand and the bluest of blue waters. They make the best background for pictures, but unfortunately it’s illegal to be on the premises because they’re private property. The only reason I know about these mines is because so many of my Christian friends take pictures with them in the background. I drove out to see them one day and that’s how I found out that it is trespassing, there are signs that say so. Romans 13:1-7 says

Let everyone be subject to the governing authorities, for there is no authority except that which God has established. The authorities that exist have been established by God.Consequently, whoever rebels against the authority is rebelling against what God has instituted, and those who do so will bring judgment on themselves. For rulers hold no terror for those who do right, but for those who do wrong. Do you want to be free from fear of the one in authority? Then do what is right and you will be commended. For the one in authority is God’s servant for your good. But if you do wrong, be afraid, for rulers do not bear the sword for no reason. They are God’s servants, agents of wrath to bring punishment on the wrongdoer.Therefore, it is necessary to submit to the authorities, not only because of possible punishment but also as a matter of conscience. This is also why you pay taxes, for the authorities are God’s servants, who give their full time to governing. Give to everyone what you owe them: If you owe taxes, pay taxes; if revenue, then revenue; if respect, then respect; if honor, then honor.

Trespassing is breaking a law. No matter what you’re trespassing for. The Bible says to be subject to the authorities and obey laws, so why do Christians find it ok to break the law and trespass on someone else’s property? You might be thinking that this is a small thing to get technical about, but it truly isn’t and I have three reasons to say this.

  1. You are supposed to be a witness. As a Christian we are called to set an example for others. We are to bear light to the world by following in the footsteps of Jesus (Matthew 5:13-16). Remember those old bracelets that everyone used to wear that said What would Jesus do (WWJD)? Jesus would not have trespassed on the property because Jesus obeys his authorities. Jesus has respect for the property of others. Jesus knows that if he breaks a rule, then he is showing others that it’s ok to break a rule. It’s ok to disobey the authorities. This leads into my next point.
  2. It only gets worse from here. Right now you might be thinking, “Oh they just trespassed that one time,” but what happens next time? When we allow sin into our lives no matter how big or how small, it opens the doors for more sin to come into our life. This time it might be trespassing, but trespassing could turn into so much more.
  3. Even if it doesn’t get worse, wrong is wrong (James 2:8-11). You can try to justify your sins as much as you want, but there comes a point where you just have to accept them, repent and move on. God gives us grace constantly. Something that I’ve noticed is that we tend to have sins in our life that we don’t realize are there and it’s in these small ones that we have problems. If we can’t identify the sins in our life big or small how can we help someone with the sin in their life?

Now I’m not saying this to condemn anyone or make them feel bad. I’m saying it to make sure that we’re aware of the things we do and how they can affect how others perceive us and how we can impact their life. If you don’t think that I’m justified in talking about this or if this offends you in any way, then I suggest that you take a look at this: Negative or Edifying? | The Controversial Christian

Background Music

Background music is everywhere that you go. If you try to think of a time where you went into a store or restaurant and there wasn’t music playing, you probably can’t think of one. Our culture as turned into a beautiful place where music is playing everywhere you go, but is there a specific type of music that everyone should be playing? We’re about to find out. I’ve been looking into a few research articles about background music and I am here to share those findings with you. I will list the articles at the bottom if any of them are of interest for you.

The first article by Shih was created to study how background music effects the attention span in workers. They studied one working group that had instrumental music and one working group that has music with lyrics. Each group was given an attention test in silence and then later with music playing. The results of this study showed that music with lyrics distracted people more than the music without lyrics.

The second article by Milliman has to do with the tempo of music and how it affects the behavior of people shopping. This study had people shopping with slow music, no music, and fast music and measured how fast they shopped, if they recalled the music, and daily gross sales. It showed that no music didn’t affect people shopping, but it did show that people moved at a slower pace when shopping with slow music in the background and at a faster pace with fast music in the background.

The third study is another by Milliman and was similar to this other study, but it was in a restaurant. They used slow and fast music in the restaurant and then proceeded to time how long it took the patrons to receive their food and then how long it took them to eat their food. The study showed that it took the patrons longer to eat and receive their food when the music was slow and it took less time for them to eat and receive their food when the music was fast.

A fourth study by Huang measured how music effects the attention of test takers. In this study they groups with no music, popular music, classical music, and traditional Chinese music. The conclusion of this study showed that people focus more when there is music in the background, but their test scores went up when they really liked the song and went down when they didn’t enjoy the song. The conclusion of this study was that if you’re going to have background music then you need to make sure that it is music is well liked by those listening.

Overall, these studies show that background music played in public facilities greatly impact the patrons. Music with lyrics is more distracting than music without and fast music keeps people more productive than slow music. The music chosen for your facility is very important, so think before you play any music because it doesn’t just affect the patrons, but your workers also.

 

 

Huang, R., & Shih, Y. (2011). Effects of background music on concentration of workers. Work, 38(4), 383-387. doi:10.3233/WOR-2011-1141

Milliman, R. E. (1986). The Influence of Background Music on the Behavior of Restaurant Patrons. Journal Of Consumer Research, 13(2), 286-289.

Milliman, R. E. (1982). Using Background Music to Affect the Behavior of Supermarket Shoppers. Journal Of Marketing, 46(3), 86-91.

Shih, Y., Huang, R., & Chiang, H. (2012). Background music: Effects on attention performance. Work, 42(4), 573-578.

Background Music and Sound Sensitivities 

When I say background music, I’m sure that many things come to your mind. The music in a coffee shop, store, restaurant, etc. Background music is everywhere we go. Sometimes it’s the current music on the radio, sometimes it’s music that you’ve never heard, and sometimes it’s oldies. As I sit in a coffee shop at this moment, I can’t help but wonder if there should be a specific type of music played across the board. Everyone knows that stores and shops typically paint their walls a specific color to encourage specific moods, but how much does music affect those in a coffee shop?

I ask this question because as I sit in this coffee shop I realize how much I don’t like the music in here. It’s giving me a headache and this is a common occurrence for me when I go out in public. The music that is out in this period of time typically doesn’t contain really instruments and the synthesizers that are used in place of normal instruments tend to put off really bad frequencies. Now you might think that because I’m a musicians I’m just bitter about the lack of music, but that isn’t it. There are actually 4 types of sound sensitivies that people have that I’ll be reviewing with you.

1) Hyperacusis: Hyperacusis is when individuals have a collapsed tolerance for environmental sounds. The typical Loudness Discomfor Level or LDL for a person is 80-90+ decibels, but a person wil Hyperacusis will have an LDL well below that number.

2) Recruitment: Recruitment is the rapid growth of perceived loudness in the pitch region of a person who has hearing loss. This means that at certain points in time the hairs in your ear come together and make a person deaf to a specific frequency, so when they do finally hear said frequency it comes across as being too loud for their ears.

3) Hypersensitive hearing: Hypersensitive hearing is when an individual is sensitive to specific frequencies heard at loud levels, usually above 70 decibels. This type of hearing sensitivity is common to those one the autistic spectrum.

4) Misophonia/Phonophobia: Misophonia is an adverse response to sound no meter what volume. This typically means that an individual will react strongly to soft sounds such as, but not limited to people eating or smacking and it is further trigger by visually seeing the source of the offending sound. Phonophobia is a subcategory of Misophonia and it is when someone has a significant collapsed tolerance to sound. This causes them to fear the sound of the environment around them and what is to come later. This can cause someone to feel the need to isolate themselves to survive.

I say this to stress the importance of the types of music played in public places. I think that it is very important to be aware of how external noises affect those around you. Think about this the next time you play music loudly around others or when you see someone with ear plus in their ears. People don’t overexaggerate when they cover their ears or put ear plugs in, it really does cause them pain when they hear certain sounds. I will be following this post with one on what type of music should be played as background music. If you want to study these sound sensitivities more I have posted the link that I used below.

http://www.hyperacusis.net/what-is-it/4-types-of-sound-sensitivity/

Internship Tips

A few weeks ago I applied to and received my dream internship. Looking back on my experience leading to my internship I realized that there are a lot of things that people might not think about doing, so I’ve decided to share some tips to help anyone seeking an internship.

1)  Don’t wait.

I think this is the biggest problem for a lot of people. When you know that you need to or want to do an internship you need to constantly be invested in that journey. They key to getting your dream internship is the prep work leading up to that point. I am a music therapy major, so I spent countless hours practicing music specific to the internship,researching the facility, researching the population. I wanted to make sure that I made myself into what the facility needed. So make sure that you’re as good as you can be at your trade and constantly work towards that internship.

2) Make decisions.

You might not know much about internships. If you don’t have a dream internship, then pick the place that you want to travel to. Music therapy students have specific internships that they are allowed to do, but my fiancé was a mass communications major and his internship was different. He decided that he wanted to be in Augusta with me surfing his internship, so he emailed a lot of different places in Augusta until he found someone willing to take on an intern. There are too many options to search through them all, so you need to make some decisions about what you want to narrow the field.

3)  Experience is key.

Get as much experience in your trade as you can. Take on any opportunities that you are offered. As a music therapy major, I tried to work with as many different populations and in as many different facilities as possible. As a mass communication major, my fiancé did as many radio shows, videos, and graphic designing jobs as he could find. Don’t let an opportunity pass you because it could be the key to bettering yourself and better preparing for your chosen field.

4) Make the Right Resume.

Resumes are not simple. If done correctly, your resume will be one of the most difficult parts of your job search. Grabbing a Microsoft Word resume template to fill in the gaps is a bad idea (unless your goal is to completely blend in with the competition). Your resume’s ideal style will depend on your field of choice. In most cases, you’ll want your resume to only be one page, and it should only contain the most relevant information (your high school debate team championship doesn’t matter to anyone). If you’re in a creative field like music, art or communication, you’ll want to put some color in your resume. Adding colors for headings or important achievements can help you stand out, as well as organizing your content in a different way. In a business or science field, you’ll want to go a more simple route, with an easier to follow structure. In any case, it’s never a bad idea to design a personal logo or letterhead to help you stand out.

5) Challenge yourself.

This is very crucial. Due to the way society is today, we often just due the smallest amount we can to get by, but when you’re seeking a successful career this isn’t enough. You want to be the best you can be. Go out of your way to challenge yourself; learn new techniques or get out of your comfort zones. Try to do things that you believe to be out of your ability d make them in your ability. As a music therapy major, I have challenged myself to learn songs that I didn’t think I was capable of playing and I have challenged myself to listen to songs and find the chords to better my ear training. These are just little things that you can work on for about ten minutes everyday that will make a word of difference in the future.

6) Make a First Impression.

Don’t wait until the day of your interview to meet your potential supervisors. Set up a day beforehand that will give you a chance not only to meet them, but also get a feel of the environment that the internship is in. If you can’t go to the facility, at least attempt to make contact with the facility before your interview.

7) Be professional.

From the moment you first make contact with an internship, you want to be professional. When writing make sure that you read over what you have written a few times. You need to make sure that it makes sense and that you are using good grammar and punctuation. When asking questions, remember not to ask too many at once. When you meet the supervisors, dress professionally. Wear practical shoes. If you think a skirt might be too short don’t risk it. Pants are always the safest option. Wear a shirt that covers you well. Also make sure that your hair is presentable. Look your best because not only will it be noted by this you are meeting, but when you look and feel your best you will also have confidence.

8) Be yourself.

You don’t want to try and be the person that you think the facility wants. You want to be yourself. If you have put in the work and effort to be your best then your personality is what needs to shine and put you over the top. Being yourself will make the process a lot easier and quite frankly if you aren’t loved for who you are then that isn’t a place that you want to work.

9) Don’t Settle.

When you have a dream facility that you want to be at, then go for it. Apply to that job even if you think it’s out of reach. You need to be somewhere you want to be and that you believe will help you grow in your field. Don’t settle for anything less than you deserve. If you do the preparation that you know you need to do, then you shouldn’t have to settle for anything. But when I say don’t settle you need to know that if you don’t work hard, then your only option is to settle. You can only receive what you’ve work for.

10) Ask for Help.

Remember that it is ok to ask for help. Asking for help doesn’t make you weak. It takes a lot to humble yourself and ask another person for help, but know that in the long run it will do so much good. Knowledge is power and improvement and sometimes that knowledge is best given to you by others.