5 Reasons You Should Learn To Play An Instrument In College

5 Reasons You Should Learn To Play An Instrument In College

Just because you didn't learn to play the violin in elementary school doesn't mean it's too late to try.

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Once you've started college, you might think your chance to learn an instrument has passed. Kids absorb music lessons quickly but now that you're an adult, you might think it's too late for you, it's too difficult or you don't have time.

On the contrary, college is a prime moment in your life when you get to spend time developing your interests and trying new things. You're in a unique place where you get to figure out your strengths, hobbies and future.

Put off any fear or doubt about starting this process now.

Learning an instrument can improve your college experience, help you grow as a person and continue to affect your life once you've graduated. Check out the following five reasons that learning an instrument in college can benefit you.

1. It can be your choice now

While you were growing up, your parents, guardians or school probably tried to put you through music lessons to give you a chance to learn an instrument. But when you were a child, the decision to sit down and play wasn't coming from you.

You may have intentionally avoided learning an instrument or gradually stopped your childhood music lessons but now you can make your own choice.

You can learn because you want to and continue to master an instrument due to your own determination. You get to select your instrument, the kind of music you'll play and who you play for.

2. It helps you unwind after classes

College is a stressful time — you're balancing school, work, relationships and more. Whether you're getting through gen eds that don't interest you or tackling advanced concepts, strumming your guitar in between can relieve some tension.

When the pressure of finals gets to you, you'll have a relaxing escape in music. Creating music switches emotions and reactions when you're overwhelmed.

You can offset stress with this recreational hobby and learn how to manage your stress level by adding in musical breaks.

3. It creates a shared interest with new friends

There are several ways to get connected with people in college but when you have music in common with others, you have a natural segue into friendship.

You can get tips from more experienced musicians or trade advice with fellow newbies that you meet. Invite them to play with you and see what making music with others is like.

If you start playing in a band or orchestra, you can become close to the other musicians. Music groups are a way to keep your motivation and progress steady and you and your new friends can have a blast performing together too.

4. It can be an affordable extracurricular

Paying tuition and living expenses probably means you're broke and many college activities can drain your bank account even more.

From sororities and fraternities to participating in the latest trends, expensive practices can hurt your finances. But playing an instrument is a more cost-effective option.

If you find a deal on a drumset or rent a saxophone, your instrument doesn't have to be full price. You can acquire a piano without buying a brand new one when you purchase a used piano or factory-restored piano.

Many other ways exist to get popular instruments at an affordable price and whatever the initial price is, it will be a worthwhile investment.

5. It provides you with a new skill

Practicing and improving at an instrument takes discipline but after a while, you can appreciate the payoff of your hard work. You'll watch your talent grow and you can also see other practical life skills develop from your music.

Patience, perseverance and consistency are all beneficial lessons that you can pick up when you're learning to play an instrument.

Your developing talent can help you in other areas of life too, like in your studies. Musical training can increase your cognitive abilities, so your GPA might start looking better once you've started learning chords and playing melodies.

You can even think outside the box better once your horizons have been broadened with making music.

Start mastering an instrument today!

Adding a musical instrument to your life can alter your daily routine, give you an opportunity for new friendships, provide you with another skill and much more.

Despite where you are in life, you can start making music and honing your skills. Why not challenge yourself to take on an instrument while in college?

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21 Lies College Students Tell Their Parents

I can almost guarantee that you have used at least five of these.

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Let's be honest. College is the best time of your life for a lot of reasons, and maybe you should not tell your mom all of them when she calls. I can almost guarantee that you have used at least five of these, and the others — maybe you should try next time!

1. "I can't talk now, I'm in the library."

Typically used when the student is too hungover to talk.

2. "Gotta go now, I'm walking into class."

Then hit play on Netflix.

3. "I think it might be food poisoning."

Was it the food, or all of that alcohol? Your symptoms sound more like a hangover to me.

4. "No, I didn't just wake up."

It is 4 p.m. and, yes, you did.

5. "I need more money for laundry and food."

Meaning, "I need more money for things I don't think you will give me money for."

6. "I never skip class!"

When we use this one, it usually does not refer to anything before 11 a.m.

7. "I studied all night for that test!"

If by "studied all night" you mean you watched TV shows in the library, then, yes, all night.

8. "Everyone failed that test."

And by everyone, I mean me and my friend who did not go to sleep until 3 a.m.

9. "I'm walking home from breakfast with my friends."

Yeah, OK. You are just lucky she cannot see last night's outfit and the high heels you are carrying. We know where you have been.

10. "Potbelly's is a restaurant."

I mean, they may sell tacos, but I'm not sure I would call it a restaurant.

11. "I go to Cantina's for the Nachos."

I hope that is not the only reason but, hey, you do you.

12. "The $40 charge on the card from last Saturday? That was for school supplies!"

Yeah, right. It was for a new dress.

13. "Nobody goes out on weeknights, especially not me."

We all know grades come first, right?

14. "I can't remember the last time I went out!"

Literally.

15. "I make my bed regularly"

About as often as I clean the bathroom.

16. "I did not say 'Margarita Monday,' I said I went to 'Margaret's on Monday'!"

Following the use of this lie, do not post any pictures on social media of you with a margarita.

17. "I use my meal plan, and eat in the dining hall all the time."

As you scarf down Chick-fil-A.

18. "I eat healthy!"

For those without a meal plan who have to grocery shop on their own, we all know you spend $2 on a 12-pack of Ramen noodles and the rest on a different kind of 12-pack.

19. "No, I don't have a fake ID."

OK, "John Smith," and where exactly in Wyoming are you from?

20. "I'm doing great in all of my classes."

We use this one because you cannot see our grades online, anymore.

21. "I did not wait until the last minute to start on this."

We all know that if you start a paper before 10 p.m. the night before it is due, you are doing something wrong.

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Artist Spotlight: Lil Skies

This is not another "Lil" rapper.

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If you have not heard of Lil Skies then go on to Spotify and Apple Music and listen to his music. On the surface, he might look like your regular clout rapper. He has face tattoos, smoked weed, and raps about parties and girls, BUT his other tracks talk about his constant hustle and his dedication to his mom who constantly worked to pay their bills. In his interview with Montreality, he discusses his idol a man who was extremely tatted, but walked around like nothing and did not care about the stares he received. On the topic of the law of attraction, Lil Skies stated: "I definitely do believe in this sh-t, if you think positive about something and I feel like it will happen." He mentions manifestation and how he would speak it to the universe and it happened for him. As someone who believes in manifestation and intentions, it was nice to hear that one of my favorite rappers also believes in that and is accomplishing his goals.

Another thing that sets Lil Skies apart is that he keeps to himself on social media. He lets his actions speak for himself and he usually does not start beef with other rappers or talent. Instead, he keeps being consistent with his music by releasing music videos and collaborating with other artists like Wiz Khalifa.

In the same interview, he discusses how he is a very romantic person with significant others, but he is also trying to spoil the other women in his life like his mom, who he gave a present to on stage at one of his concerts. His fans can see how silly he is on funny moment videos about him. But he is also serious about drugs and says that he only smokes weed and does not want to fall victim like other artists.

For Lil Skies it really is all about his music and really showcasing his talent.

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