This week in ISM was beyond busy. Not only did it consist of my third informational interview and continual cold calling in the attempt to get interviews, but it also involved my looking towards and planning the upcoming research portion of my ISM speech and working on college applications (of course!)
My third informational interview, with Mark Menza, was so interesting. He was a music producer and composer, and definitely exposed me to a completely new aspect of the field of music. His insight and knowledge was beyond what I would have imagined, but the thing that stood out most to me was his unique opinion regarding music; it was almost inspiring. The way that he viewed music as something that is extremely underappreciated is very unique. He explained that people take music for granted, but if it was taken away, people would miss it. Upon hearing this, I found it so much more than a comparison in regards to music. It symbolized ideally everything and anything that people take for granted. This perspective definitely gave me a new outlook in regards to music, and the fact that I am being given the opportunity to partake in the ISM program as a high school student. Inspiring.
In addition to this interview, I began working on my speech for the research portion of my presentation. Starting this process bought back major nostalgia, as I can clearly recall this point in the school year last year. Feeling nervous and anxious about every little assignment. Being so familiar with this process, and I looking to applying my knowledge from last year towards this year's speech preparation. However, I feel that it is important for me to remember that as great as it is having experience, I must continue to look for opportunities and different areas in which I can improve.
Overall, this week more than anything re-reminded me about the concept of staying open minded and maintaining a growth mindset. I am enjoying spending this year exploring a different career path, that is much more creativity based so far; and I am continually reminded through my research and interviews that I am truly getting the full ISM experience through exploring such opposing career choices between ISM I and ISM II.