My Biology And Music Majors Are More Connected Than You May Think

My Biology And Music Majors Are More Connected Than You May Think

Yes, I know it is crazy but I cannot imagine myself doing anything else!

As I sat down to write my second article for Odyssey, I kept thinking of really deep topics to write on. I found that I personally was not ready to write about these topics, much less share them with the internet. So Internet, stay tuned in and while you wait, here's a peek into my life.

As the countdown continues until my arrival on campus, my thoughts are consumed with trying to figure out how I will spend my next four years at Emory. My current plan (and one of the main reasons I chose to attend Emory) is to double major in Biology and Music Performance on the pre-med track. And before you say anything, yes I know how difficult this will be and I am ready.

Like many incoming college freshmen, I have received much-unsolicited college advice. Comments ranging from "those are both very demanding majors" to "if you could be a doctor, why would you also want to be a music major?"

The only explanation I have for all of this is that I can not imagine my life without continuing to learn about both science and music. I have found a place that allows me to pursue both of these loves as in-depth as I want to. I found a place that encourages students with similar stories to continue their passions. I will be supported and I will not be alone in my pursuit.

I find that many people do not realize the deep correlation between music and medicine. I do not feel that I have it all figured out, but I love learning as much as I can about the correlation, especially with neurology. I have been reading this book that my choir director gave to me "Musicophilia: Tales of Music and the Brain" by Oliver Sacks. The whole book is about how the brain works when musicians are studying music and playing. For you nerds out there, I highly recommend it.

Another one of my favorite resources is a TED Talk by violinist Robert Gupta. Music involves the entire brain and there are very few other activities that will work your brain in this way. Musicians are often better problem solvers, pattern seekers, and detail oriented thinkers. I don't know about you, but I sure feel like these are excellent qualities to have in a doctor.

(Go to the link for the gif in you are interested... it is another one of my favorite TED videos).

I am still trying to figure all of this out. I know that I am supposed to be continuing this path for a specific reason. Maybe it is to continue research in combined music and neurology. Who knows?

Yes, I know this will be difficult. Yes, I know that my plans might change and I am OK with that, but I am also stubborn and tend to stick to my plans until the end. I will be that student sitting in the practice rooms going back and forth between practicing my Mozart and Schumann pieces and studying for my next biochemistry test.

This is my main instrument, the oboe. One of my majors will be music performance on oboe. For those curious, the music in the background is the Mozart Oboe Concerto... it is a work in progress.

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I Went To "The Bachelor" Auditions

And here's why you won’t be seeing me on TV.

It’s finally time to admit my guilty pleasure: I have always been a huge fan of The Bachelor.

I can readily admit that I’ve been a part of Bachelor fantasy leagues, watch parties, solo watching — you name it, I’ve gone the whole nine yards. While I will admit that the show can be incredibly trashy at times, something about it makes me want to watch it that much more. So when I found out that The Bachelor was holding auditions in Houston, I had to investigate.

While I never had the intention of actually auditioning, there was no way I would miss an opportunity to spend some time people watching and check out the filming location of one of my favorite TV shows.

The casting location of The Bachelor, The Downtown Aquarium in Houston, was less than two blocks away from my office. I assumed that I would easily be able to spot the audition line, secretly hoping that the endless line of people would beg the question: what fish could draw THAT big of a crowd?

As I trekked around the tanks full of aquatic creatures in my bright pink dress and heels (feeling somewhat silly for being in such nice clothes in an aquarium and being really proud of myself for somewhat looking the part), I realized that these auditions would be a lot harder to find than I thought.

Finally, I followed the scent of hairspray leading me up the elevator to the third floor of the aquarium.

The doors slid open. I found myself at the end of a large line of 20-something-year-old men and women and I could feel all eyes on me, their next competitor. I watched as one woman pulled out her travel sized hair curler, someone practiced answering interview questions with a companion, and a man (who was definitely a little too old to be the next bachelor) trying out his own pick-up lines on some of the women standing next to him.

I walked to the end of the line (trying to maintain my nonchalant attitude — I don’t want to find love on a TV show). As I looked around, I realized that one woman had not taken her eyes off of me. She batted her fake eyelashes and looked at her friend, mumbling something about the *grumble mumble* “girl in the pink dress.”

I felt a wave of insecurity as I looked down at my body, immediately beginning to recognize the minor flaws in my appearance.

The string hanging off my dress, the bruise on my ankle, the smudge of mascara I was sure I had on the left corner of my eye. I could feel myself begin to sweat. These women were all so gorgeous. Everyone’s hair was perfectly in place, their eyeliner was done flawlessly, and most of them looked like they had just walked off the runway. Obviously, I stuck out like a sore thumb.

I walked over to the couches and sat down. For someone who for the most part spent most of the two hours each Monday night mocking the cast, I was shocked by how much pressure and tension I felt in the room.

A cop, stationed outside the audition room, looked over at me. After a brief explanation that I was just there to watch, he smiled and offered me a tour around the audition space. I watched the lines of beautiful people walk in and out of the space, realizing that each and every one of these contestants to-be was fixated on their own flaws rather than actually worrying about “love.”

Being with all these people, I can see why it’s so easy to get sucked into the fantasy. Reality TV sells because it’s different than real life. And really, what girl wouldn’t like a rose?

Why was I so intimidated by these people? Reality TV is actually the biggest oxymoron. In real life, one person doesn’t get to call all the shots. Every night isn’t going to be in a helicopter looking over the south of France. A real relationship depends on more than the first impression.

The best part of being in a relationship is the reality. The best part about yourself isn’t your high heels. It’s not the perfect dress or the great pick-up lines. It’s being with the person that you can be real with. While I will always be a fan of The Bachelor franchise, this was a nice dose of reality. I think I’ll stick to my cheap sushi dates and getting caught in the rain.

But for anyone who wants to be on The Bachelor, let me just tell you: Your mom was right. There really are a lot of fish in the sea. Or at least at the aquarium.

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High School Seniors Should Be Excited For College, Not Scared

Even though it seems stressful and it is a big new place, it will be some of the best memories you will have for life.


Going into the summer after my high school graduation, all I could think about was college, and how I was going to prepare to go to a new school and move away from home. Just know, it is not as stressful as you prepare yourself for it to be. You don't need to worry about not having any friends or not knowing how to get to all the different buildings because you have to remember everyone else on campus has been in the exact same position you are in, and there are tons of people on campus to help you.

One of the things I was most worried about was classes and how to know which classes to take. My advice is to go to counseling and plan out your classes before you register. Planning out classes will drastically help you stay on track and the counselors will help you make a balanced schedule that you can actually handle.

Another piece of advice would be to not bring as much stuff for your dorm as you think you will need. By all means, bring the essential things that you will need, but remember a dorm room is very small and you share it with another person. You won't have a ton of space for extra stuff and you want to have space to move around and actually live in your dorm.

Finally, if you are concerned about meeting people and making friends, just try and be as outgoing and open as possible. Everyone else in the dorms is just as nervous as you are too meet people, it really helps to try to branch out. Joining clubs or greek life also helps you meet people around campus with common interests as you.

College is not something to be scared of. Even though it seems stressful and it is a big new place, it will be some of the best memories you will have for life.


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