Time flies. I can’t believe I’ve done the first year of my master’s study. During this year, I took tens of thousands of photos and videos to record every precious moment, and to share what I saw and heard with my family and friends. Looking back to this academic year, no matter in music or life, I take everything seriously and have grown a lot.
First of all, for me, “time management” is the one thing that I feel I have changed the most. In the beginning, I didn't have the habit of writing down my schedule and plans, thinking that there are only a few things to do within a day, and there is no need to write them down. However, especially around the final exam week, when homework, exams, rehearsals, or piano jury all come thick and fast, I realized the importance of keeping a schedule. Gradually, I got used to placing two schedules on my desk - a monthly schedule and a weekly schedule, on which I wrote all the things that should be done. On the weekly schedule, I also add a plan for what time to do what each day. If completed successfully, I marked a check on the item. In the long run, I found that this will not only prevent wasting time but also give me a clearer goal and direction. Every time I completed a task on the schedule, I felt a great sense of accomplishment.
Although I had already lived in another city other than my hometown during my undergrad, this time I was truly living “abroad”. I have also become more independent this year. Whether it is buying food or daily necessities, cooking or doing housework, or even going out to class on snowy days. No one can help me anytime, anywhere, so I do these all by myself. Especially in cooking, every time I cook, I take pictures of the finished dish. Looking back now, seeing the progress from having noodle soup every day in the beginning to more diverse dishes and even desserts, I feel very blessed.
During the year, I also met many new friends and thrived in various cooperative processes. During activities such as group work in class, piano collaboration, and the wind orchestra, everyone respects and listens to each other, creates music and shares insights on music, and strives for the same goal of making beautiful music. I also have met many non-music major friends in the school’s extracurricular activities. We keep in touch and sometimes meet for travel, meals, and exercise. Time spent with these friends during my master’s life created great memories which I will always carry with me.
The scene where I got on a plane and came here to study still dwells in my memory. Unbelievably, I have completed the first academic year here! I am very happy that I can grow stronger, and I really look forward to creating more memories in the next academic year! I am very grateful to my family, friends, teachers, classmates, and even kind strangers for their help so that I can stay in a foreign country smoothly and comfortably. Last but not least, thank you all for reading my blogs. I hope you enjoy the stories I have shared this year!
- Chin-Hsuan Cheng, written in May, 2022
Chin-Hsuan Cheng, 2022年5月