This past Tuesday I had the opportunity to go to The Pageant for the first time! For those of you who don’t know what The Pageant is, it’s a concert venue on the Delmar Loop. Anyway, my friend and I bought tickets to see Phantogram, and on the day of the show, we grabbed our bikes and pedaled excitedly down S. Big Bend Blvd. The weather was perfect for a bike ride, and the venue is less than two miles away so it was very convenient. When we got there, I was jumping up and down with excitement! We walked through the doors, and they stamped my hand because I’m under 21. The stamp was a little baby – I was sooo insulted! But, I quickly got over it when I saw the inside of The Pageant – it was awesome! My friend and I took our places at the back of the crowd as we listened to the opening act, a female band called Team. They were alright, nowhere near as good as Phantogram though! We had to wait awhile between the opening act and Phantogram’s entrance, but when they took the stage, we pushed our way to the front of the crowd to get the best view! They opened with a few flashes of a strobe light – it almost blinded me, but it was so cool! Their opening song was “Voices,” one of my favorites The whole concert was great…the bass was loud, the singing was flawless, and they had mesmerizing laser lights of all colors! I really felt like I fit in with the crowd there too. That’s the cool thing about listening to alternative bands – the people who listen to them all enjoy being different. Everyone there seemed perfectly happy being themselves. People were waving their hands, chatting with their friends, and dancing to the music however they pleased. I totally recommend going to a concert at the Pageant, especially if you like alternative music! It’s a great venue, always has interesting artists, and is literally right down the road from Fontbonne!
Until next time,
This week I had the opportunity to meet with a private practitioner speech therapist. She talked with me about all the different places she has worked as a speech-language pathologist, and even let me observe a therapy session! I was super stoked because this was the first time I got to watch a therapy session up close rather than through a computer screen like they make us do at Fontbonne. I realized that I have definitely learned a lot about speech and language in my two semesters at Fontbonne. I picked up on voice and language errors and was confident in using speech therapy jargon with the therapist.
I definitely feel more confident in my choice of major now, and the experience has helped me reflect again on why I want to be a speech-language pathologist. I believe communication is very important — after all, how can society succeed without communication? How can people fall in love if they never speak with one another? How do friendships form without talking about experiences, likes, dislikes, etc?
Not to mention that studying how the voice works is amazing! It’s crazy how intricate the voice is, and there is a lot more science to it than one would think. I think my background in singing makes me particularly interested in studying the voice. So if any of you out there love to sing and think that the only way you can turn that into a career is by being a popstar…think again! You can be a speech therapist and incorporate singing into your therapy! It definitely helps some people and can be a lot of fun
Whatever major you are going into, be sure you look into what career that could lead you to. And always be sure you have good reason for why you want that to be your career. College can be kind of scary because you have sooo many decisions to make, but it can also be exciting for that very same reason!
Until next time,