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interviews rekindled

Back in June, i had some interview exchanges with a handful of you on my friends list, and it seems to be floating around again. For those i've already done this for, if you want new questions, i'll gladly give them to you.

For those that aren't familiar with this thing, here are the rules:

1. Leave a comment saying you want to be interviewed.

2. I'll reply and give you five questions to answer.

3. You'll update your LJ with the five questions answered.

4. You'll include this explanation.

5. You ask other people five questions when they want to be interviewed. And it just keeps going, and going, and going (hopefully!).

These questions came from pearllessoyster.

1) What is one thing in your life you most regret?

2) Conversely, what is one thing you are most proud of?

3) Who was your most inspirational teacher and why?

4) Name a piece of music or musician that has touched you deeply.

5) Why did you decide to come to Oregon?

1) What is one thing in your life you most regret?

The way i see it, all of my experiences, both positive and negative, contribute to the person that I am now. i define myself by everything that has happened to me. I don't look back, i don't regret. i can only look present or forward. Every now and again, i *do* regret something, but time and the long-term results has so far always made that regret go away.

2) Conversely, what is one thing you are most proud of?

When i was in tenth grade, there was a woman named Tracy who was kind of the assistant marching band director - wrote our drill, ran most of our rehearsals. She was one of the first inspirational people i ever remember. I mean, she put *fire* into us. She taught us much more than just marching band - she taught us teamwork, friendship, confidence, pride, and life. and i told myself sometime around then that one day i wanted to do that for other people. I wanted to be in her position and be just as if not more successful in inspiring my students and planting that same seed in them.

many years later, i can confidently say that i've done that. it's one of the most gratifying things to know that i've touched the lives of my students and my friends in ways that make them better people to themselves and to others.

3) Who was your most inspirational teacher and why?

Robert Maggio is still an important inspiration to me. He was one of my composition professors at West Chester. He's a great composer, teacher, guide, and friend. He has such a love for students, a love for life, a love for music. If it weren't for him and also for Larry Nelson and James Sullivan, i would have never become a composer.

4) Name a piece of music or musician that has touched you deeply.

Just one? :p When i was a freshman in high school, i heard "Electric Counterpoint" by Steve Reich for the first time. That piece and Steve Reich in general is very moving music to me. But there are many many others. I listen mostly to techno/electronica, rap, heavy metal, and new classical because out of all genres of music, those touch me the most.

5) Why did you decide to come to Oregon?

It was by chance. I had four other masters programs i was applying to, and I wanted to have another as a backup. My brother lives in Portland, so i started researching schools out here, and the UofO popped up. I contacted the comp. department, and they told me i should apply for a GTF. I got rejected by my top three choices. I got into Northwestern, but my possibility for financial aid there was slim, and i heard that the comp department wasn't so hot. I didn't know a lot about UofO, but they did end up giving me a GTF, so i came out here.

Even though it was pretty random, i was ready for a change. I lived in Pennsylvania for most of my life, and i'd never visited Oregon, much less lived there. I was pretty unhappy at my parents' place whre i was living for the past year. it was sad that i was leaving Township, a marching band that i taught and loved, and it was sad that i was leaving some of my friends, but it was exciting to think about taking a five day drive to go live on a completely different side of the country where i'd have to start from ground zero and build up all over again. I hate feeling comfortable and settled - i always want to be discovering something new, placing myself in new situations with new people, rediscovering life.

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specter_13
Feb. 26th, 2004 10:19 pm (UTC)
Sounds like fun
I would not mind doing this, hit me up with some questions.
lifeofmendel
Feb. 27th, 2004 12:06 am (UTC)
Re: Sounds like fun
1. When did you start to take DDR playing seriously?

2. Describe/list five goals or things you want to accomplish in life.

3. How often do you experiment vs. follow a strict recipe when you cook?

4. who is your favorite superhero/ine, and why?

5. do you classify yourself in any particular kind of subculture (skater, goth, geek, anything)?
eversorachel
Mar. 4th, 2004 10:20 am (UTC)
ooh! ooh! interview meeeee!!!!!!
lifeofmendel
Mar. 6th, 2004 12:36 am (UTC)
1. when did you become fascinated with otters? what do you like about them?

2. what, if anything, can definitively gross you out?

3. what do you feel passionate about?

4. state a part of you (physical or mental) that you feel proud of.

5. describe an important milestone in your life.
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