Charles is moving to Sweden in a little over a month. This sucks for serious! But I have to remain positive or else he'll get upset. Nobody likes a weepy Chrissy!
I want to visit him there in my summer holidays, which means the dead of winter there. This could be problematic! He won't be in Sunnytime Stockholm-ville, but in Arctic Circle Land Freezyhole. Do people really live there in winter? I'll find out! I'm also going to visit my friend in Paris!
Anyhow, since he's moving away, he's leaving behind some percussion students I can perhaps teach. That would be a good bit of income - but - I think I have to promise to be around for at least a year before they hire me. It's fair enough - you don't want to go through too many teachers, it's not fair on the students. I taught them for a few weeks while Charles was in America, and it seemed like a nice kind of job.
But then there's the question of next year. If I want this job I have to stick around, which I'm quite happy to do. My options are:
1. Go to where Charles is.
2. Get a ... job???
3. Clothing Construction course (CIT, Canberra).
4. Master of Music Therapy (Melbourne or Sydney)
5. Honours in Music (ANU)
Obviously my parents are not keen on my going to where Charles is. That is just not SEEMLY. Also it would be better for me to advance my own education or career instead of waiting around for him, in a place where I *can't* do anything productive. So as much as I'm probably going to miss him, that's not an option right now.
A job ... what IS a job. I have a job! At the library! And I'd get a job teaching! But what this means is.... going into the Public Service. What. My parents suggested this one. The only good thing is that I'd get lots of money, but I'd also probably lose interest in all the rad things I'm interested in. I'd earn enough money for a marimba... but I'd probably just do something boring with my money instead. And I'd be too busy to play.
Clothing Construction would be so cool. I would love to do this. Apparently it's a great course.
I haven't done much research on the Music Therapy programs. They could possibly be lame. I'll look into it. If I did this, I wouldn't be able to take on teaching or continue working at the library, and I'd have to move cities. Away from my family and friends and percussion at a time when I will possibly need them badly.
I think Honours in Music is the go. I just need to convince my parents it's a good idea. I played in a concert this afternoon with the percussion department and my Dad came... and Gary (my teacher) announced me as "Christina, who graduated last year and is hopefully doing honours next year!". I nearly died. Dad was all "What's all this nonsense about Honours, Christina???". Oh Gary. THANKS.
TL;DR - Options! I has them.