It was April The showers were frequent, I was a grown and insecure year old, my 10th grade year was screeching to a halt, and I had just gotten my first iPhone. With it, my service carrier offered a three-month trial of Spotify Premium. I have no recollection of who I searched originally, but when Tyler appeared I was too afraid to listen. Still, I had a feeling I recognized him from somewhere. Soon after, I found my way to Earl Sweatshirt and allowed myself to fall in love with him, his style, and his discography before stumbling upon Tyler again a few weeks later.
Something was drawing me to him. He was different from the rappers my classmates were into. He dressed differently, his lyrics were different, and his music composition definitely sounded different. When I fell for Tyler, I fell hard and fast.
It did, sort of. You have to find a very small circle that you know has your best interests at heart and will not forsake you and who will support you in your journey.
Even if it might be sad to leave your friends behind and you want to do all you can so that your friends can be successful too, at some point you have to focus on you. Frank Ocean , the second track on the album. It has been my motto for a while now but when I heard it on the album, it made my heart do something strange. Musically, the whole song is exceptional. The song allowed me to realize that I needed to focus. Above all else, my priority right now is my growth.
My growth as a person, as a creative, as an advocate for creative and intellectual freedom had to be at the forefront of my mind at all times or else I would be allowing myself to be stagnant and idle. Watering my garden meant taking care of my business and making sure that I was in the best place I could be right now to grow to my fullest potential. It meant believing in myself when everyone else did not. Going into a new chapter of my life, this phrase and song will continue to be things I live by as I do my best to mind my business, water my garden and be the best I can be.
Kali Uchis, I could have sworn I was the only one person whose love life existed mostly in their imagination. Firstly, there is no boy on that campus paying my tuition so they will not be my priority.
He had no record executive shoving generic, meaningless lyrics down his throat and making him vomit them back up over monotonous, predictable music. He was his own artist making his own music that he enjoyed.
His entire album was written and produced by him. He taught me that the most authentic art is not made for the audience, but for the artist themselves. He designs the clothes he wants to wear, writes the music he wants to listen to, and makes the cartoons he wants to watch. A lot of people just happen to like and support and want to be a part of it. He just wants to be happy and creative and I admire that very much. I will follow my heart, listen to my gut, and do what makes me happy.
Confidence is essential to success. I learned the importance of believing that I am capable of extraordinary things and even if they may seem absurd, with the right people behind me, I can make it happen.
College is a time for self-exploration and grasping the concept of the universe and your place in it. Thalia, 18, is a freshman at Claflin University in Orangeburg, South Carolina, and is very nervous, but also excited, about leaving her beautiful city of Atlanta.