The Guitar Lesson

As a senior at Notre Dame College, I have spent the last four years of my life here. I came in as a freshman and am graduating as a four-year senior, which let’s face it, is terrifying and exciting all at the same time.

But what I really wanted to talk about is the one final credit I needed and found.

Now, if you have been scheduling awhile at Notre Dame, you understand that the options for one-credit classes are slim pickings. But recently I discovered that the college offers guitar lessons. Yes, you read that right. You can take guitar once a week for an hour and receive one credit.

I am a huge music lover, if you didn’t already know that. I have seen the behind the scenes of the Grog Shop and have seen how everything sort of inter mingles. I have also seen the behind the scenes of writing for a magazine, and under the music editor.

Yet, I realized I had never really understood how exactly the musicians I love pull off the things they do.

When you watch the guitarist play, you think, holy sh*t; their fingers are moving faster then I can count. But the trick behind the instrument is just learning the skills that those men or women we love convey.

I will be the first to admit, when it comes to beat, well, I was the kid who clapped in the choir concert after everyone else. So learning guitar has proved to be a challenge for me.

But it is also an exciting and new adventure; one that you may not get very often.

You should take on new experiences, learn new things and even if it means failing a bit on the way. One day you might look back and think, that was hard, but I accomplished it!

Just learning the first chord to a new song is exciting, and I have come to realize that by putting my mind to it, I can learn a new skill and get the credit for it! Why take a boring class you may not even want to be in, when you can take a one credit class that is fun and interactive.

As a graduating senior, I challenge you to go out and find a new skill, one that challenges you in every way possible!

No dream is too late to accomplish! Especially at Notre Dame.

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