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With temperatures dipping below the freezing point this week, nobody wanted to stay outside longer than it took them to walk from one class to another…at least you would think so, right?  Wrong.

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Here’s only some of the students that came out to support the project!

Wednesday, November 19, marked the beginning of the Greenhouse Project.  Organized by the Sustainability Club, students and faculty braced themselves for the frigid air and headed to the field behind the Conference Center to begin building Penn State Abington’s very own greenhouse!  From what I gathered, the project was the result of the club receiving a grant they applied for which was then used to purchase the materials needed to build the greenhouse.

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It may be just a foundation in this picture, but looking behind, all the right stuff is there to get this thing going.

I was let out of Spanish early so I decided to head over to see what I could do to help.  Unfortunately, the dirty work wasn’t really starting up yet and I couldn’t hang around long enough to make a significant contribution.  I’m gonna have to take a walk up this way again to see how it came out, and I suggest you all do too!  Whether you’ll make use of the greenhouse or not, it’s worth checking out.

Fire

You can’t really see it, but TRUST me, there’s a fire in there.

Before I left, I did get to do something pretty awesome that doesn’t happen every day on campus.  Somebody asked for help making a fire so of course I jumped in!  May not seem like a big deal, but it’s the little things.

It goes to show, big things can get done on campus by students like you and me.  Nice work to the Sustainability Club and all the people involved.  Truly amazing.

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Working in Studio 338 with Jim Cannon on his first EP.

It’s been an incredibly busy fall semester at Abington!  So busy, in fact, that I haven’t posted here in two months!  Definitely slacking.  Between AbingTones, coursework, banquet serving, music production projects, running the school studio page, and planning a new organization on campus, I’ve had just enough wiggle room to hangout with friends and sleep.  That being said, I’m not complaining.  I’m incredibly stoked to be working on various production projects with some talented friends of mine.  I’m registered for the advanced studio course and the music business course in the spring semester and cannot WAIT to learn everything I can about producing and the industry.

To put the icing on the cake, the organization I’ve been planning (with a few friends) is going to revolutionize the way students interested in the music industry on campus will be able to pursue their interests.  We’ve been working on the constitution for about a week laying down some serious framework.  The goal is to establish an organization to bring professionals and artists in the industry to the students to give presentations, have workshops, Q&A, and provide tips from experience.  There will be three divisions/committees: songwriting, music production, and music business.  There will be guests for each division, events related to the music industry, and fundraisers.  It’ll be up and running by the beginning of the spring semester so there’s some time to get everything lined up but I can guarantee it’s gonna be something great.

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Tracking some vocals in Studio 338 with Jim!

In the meantime, I’m making the most out of the rest of this semester and very much looking forward to the holiday season and snowboarding A LOT!  Who knows, by the end of November we could already be having snow days.  I can’t say it would surprise me!

If the music industry organization sounds like something you’d want to be a part of and you want more information, message me through the Studio 338 page on Facebook, message me personally, text me, or email me at djl5428@psu.edu! Thanks!

     If you know me, you know I’ve had a knack for music for as long as pretty much anyone can remember.  Music makes sense to me- I can pick up a beat, hear if a note is wrong, figure out if two songs can be played together, and I can anticipate what notes or chords should come next in a song.  It wasn’t until high school that I realized there’s science behind music and that I could learn exactly why songs can be played together or why the next notes and chords can be predicted; unfortunately that was something I never had the time or patience to learn.  Serendipitously, I found the solution to that problem about half an hour ago.

Hooktheory Logo.

Hooktheory Logo.

     I was just browsing Facebook in my hour of free time before AbingTones and I came across a link to an amazing website called Hooktheory.  The purpose of the site is to educate people about music theory and music analysis in a way that doesn’t involve sitting in a classroom watching a teacher lecture about it for an hour.  It has a few different tools that help musicians (and anyone for that matter) write songs better by allowing them to choose chords and then showing which chords would typically come after the one they’ve chosen (This is called chord progression and if you don’t know what it is then Hooktheory is a great place to learn).  

     Another awesome feature is what they call “Trends”.  It allows you to choose individual chords in a progression and shows you a constantly updating list of popular (and not-so-popular) songs that use those chords.  Perfect for anyone like me who loves mash-ups!  

     Even if you’re not that into music, Hooktheory is still a cool site to check out and play around with to at least see why you think of “Breakaway” by Kelly Clarkson when you listen to “Die Young” by Ke$ha.  Bam, music.

“GET INVOLVED!”

     When I was in elementary school my parents told me that waking up early would get easier as I got older.  Well here I am 19 years old in my sophomore year of college having to set 4 alarms with reminders every few minutes just to roll out of bed by 7:00 AM.  My parents were wrong about it getting easier to wake up early but what I’ve found out on my own is that the older I’ve gotten, the more I look forward to in my day.  That’s the beauty of college; I’m still having trouble dragging myself out of my coma-like slumber at 7:00 AM but once I’m up, I don’t dread going to school anymore.  The fact is, there’s enough clubs and activities and things to do in college that you’d need more than just 4 years to do it all.

Could it be a future AbingTone!?

Could it be a future AbingTone!?

     At Penn State Abington, we showcased our clubs and groups during the Involvement Fair this past week, encouraging new and returning students to, well, “get involved”, like everyone in the world tells us to when we start college!  Stopping by and checking out all the various club posters under the gigantic tent was one of the best
 decisions I made freshman year and got me to participate in some awesome groups.  If you were interested in going but couldn’t, or didn’t even know it was happening, have no fear!  All the clubs and organizations can be found at https://getconnected.abington.psu.edu/ along with events taking
place around campus.  Definitely take a couple minutes and check it out.

We saw a lot of potential future AbingTones!

We saw a lot of potential future AbingTones!

     If you WERE at the Involvement Fair on Tuesday or Wednesday, you may have noticed the AbingTones table in the back corner!  If you’re interested in singing a capella music on campus and at some cool events (plus getting credits) then consider auditioning Friday, August 29, 2014!  Check out our Facebook page for details @ https://www.facebook.com/PSUAbingTones!

Involvement Fair Selfie!

The AbingTones Involvement Fair selfie. Like the Oscar selfie but a little cooler.

Doing Life Together!

Me and some of my friends from Penn State Abington

Me and some of my friends from Penn State Abington

Friendship is a beautiful thing.  I don’t have to tell you that finding true friends is often a lifelong event – sometimes you find them, sometimes you don’t.  So it is an incredible gift when you find those that are supportive of your weirdness, those that are genuinely interested in your wellbeing and those that will walk alongside you – through good and bad times.

I have been incredibly blessed to find some truly amazing friends in my life.   I may not see them every day.  I may not even see them every month.  But when I do see them, they fill my love tank right on up.  They inspire me, challenge my thinking, teach respect and liven up the giggles in my life.  Those we have read my older posts know that “my angels” live in the Netherlands. They are my best friends, my soulmates, BUT I have been incredibly lucky in the United States too. Being involved with the  International Cultural Alliance-club at Penn State Abington was amazing in a lot of aspects but there is one thing in specific I am the most grateful for: FRIENDSHIPS.

A couple weeks ago was my birthday and I spent it in New York City. My sisters made me come to Philadelphia and drove me to a restaurant where we were going to have dinner. Me, not being aware of anything,  walked into the restaurant. The restaurant was a really nice Italian restaurant with live music. The walls were decorated with flags from countries that played in the World Cup and I was counting how many flags I could recognize… Till my eyes caught a table with 15 people covering their faces with the menus. My friends had planned a Birthday Party for me!! Surprise Surprise!!! I could have never guessed it and they made me the happiest person right there and then!

Being surrounded fake people, I had times where I believed I only had true friends in the Netherlands, but right there and then these wonderful people showed up in my life and proved me wrong. Especially Ana Marta, who is my Big Baby, has been an amazing friend for me. Without even realizing, we had formed a very special friendship with her and I will always cherish it. She, and many others from ICA, have now been added to my “Keepers” list :))

Tomorrow I am moving to University Park and I am honestly having mixed feelings about it. I am excited, worried, sad, and happy at the same time. I am totally ready for a change and I am excited about meeting new people but I also know that I am going to miss my friends from Abington. A further post about my moving is following very soon…

I have added some pictures from my birthday weekend below and for everyone that is suffering from the fake-friends disease: Get rid of the rotten apples and don’t let them spoil the bunch!

 

Best picture of the night!

Best picture of the night!

Alina, My Big Baby Ana Marta, Me

Alina, My Big Baby Ana Marta, Me

A birthday is not a birthday without a selfie!!

A birthday is not a birthday without a selfie!!

Me and one of my best friends Yezdan

Me and one of my best friends Yezdan

Alex taking a picture of us

Alex taking a picture of us

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