It's been such an incredible journey. I may not have a proper way to summarize it, and I know that it's common to look ahead after college graduation, but I have so much to appreciate from these past 5 years of studying at Berklee College of Music in Boston, MA.
After attending since September 2010, as of May 9th, 2015, I'm officially a graduate with:
- Bachelor of Music in Film Scoring
- Bachelor of Music in Electronic Production & Design
- Minor in Video Game Scoring
Here are some of the aspects of the school I gained immense knowledge and skill from that I hope to always remember and appreciate:
This is a club I've attended ever since acclaimed composer/sound designer Akash Thakkar ran the club. Other awesome folks such as Steve Goldshein, Rachel Dziezynski, Alex Cote, and Chris Burgess have helped run this club. Whether it's learning about the history of video game composers, the progression in game audio technology, or making Mario sound effects with your voice for a full hour (*warp pipe* Byup, byup byup), this has been such a big part of my Berklee education.
Honored to have been the president of the club for the Spring 2015 semester. To everyone who was in the club and is still there, thank you being amazing, keep having fun, and make the most out of the club!
The other awesome clubs I've attended/been a part of:
Berklee Sound Design Network
(headed in the past by Richard Ludlow, Richard Gould, Austin DeVries, and David Lin)
Women's Film Initative
(headed in the past by Emily Joseph, Jess Disraeli, and Elisa Rice)
Film Scoring Network
(headed in the past by Andy Forsberg, Juan Carlos Enriquez, and Alexander Artzen)
Berklee Performance Center
The Berklee Performance Center is the college's biggest venue, where concerts, recitals, and other types of shows happen here. I've worked as an usher since November 2011, an usher supervisor since September 2012, and a Front of House Supervisor since September 2013. Here, I've helped look over the usher team and have ushered for sold-out shows like George Clinton of Parliament, Steven Wilson, Welcome to Night Vale, Esperanza Spalding, Tim & Eric's live comedy tour show, and even a StarTalk Live event with Bill Nye the Science Guy.
The shows were great, but the coworkers and managers I worked with are what made this job absolutely incredible. I worked with the box office in my position as well, and the clerks and managers were amazing as well. Here, I learned about what it means to provide great service to people, and how to be an effective leader with a team. I still have much learning to do, but this job literally helped me enjoy working with people, and I will always thank the people I have met there for what they have given me.
The friends I've made and professors/staff who've guided me.
From the bottom of my heart, thank you so much, Berklee.
Now on to the Real World.