Hi! My name is Carole!
This blog is my place to talk about the things that interest me, write out what’s on my mind, and share the many projects that go on both within my head, and around me.
Now, let me talk a little about myself:
I’m a twenty year old girl (she/her) navigating my way through life. I love singing, teaching, creative writing, and much more!
Currently, I’m a classical vocal major at the University of Western Ontario, with a minor in psychology. I am in my third year as a residence advisor, music council wellness commissioner, peer guide media/promotions coordinator, and Active Minds Western communications director. (As you can see, I love keeping myself busy!)
I’ve been singing since I was able to speak! I was the youngest kid in my church to ever join kid’s choir, and apparently I recognized TV commercial music before my own name. I took piano lessons from the time I was 4, stopped when I was 11, then started again a month after I turned 17. By the same token, I started vocals probably around age 8-9 (?) and stopped at the same time as piano. Thanks to my high school music teacher, Kendra Chow, I rekindled my love of music and pursued voice lessons again when I was 16.
During my high school life, I was heavily involved building my school’s music program, as music council secretary, a devoted member of our concert choir, and a cappella vocal group called NEON.
When I was little I took dance (ballet and jazz), though I was never really good and never pursued it. I have a purple belt in karate (yes, I’m aware that’s one level above white).
I wrote my first story when I was 10, after I was grounded and was not allowed to use the computer or play with my D.S Lite (this console is over 10 years old and mine still works!). It was entitled, “Natalie Jean: Future New Yorker” or in it’s original draft, “The Lonely Girl”, based on titular character Natalie Jean navigating her move from everything she’s known and love in the state of Montana, to Manhattan, New York City.
Now, I’m a published author! I’ve been published in the Polar Expressions anthologies every year I was in high school (2012-2016). My grade 11 short story, “Under the Apple Tree” won first prize in 2015!
In my spare time, I also worked as a tutor during the duration of my senior year in high school. I spent a lot of time working with children ranging from ages 4-15. My favourite subjects to teach/tutor are English and math.
On a more personal note, I struggle with generalized anxiety disorder and major depressive disorder. Though, I don’t see any merit in hiding this from people. I’m a big believer in removing the stigma around mental illness, and always encourage the conversation to go on! I’m always willing to answer people’s questions, or listen, if that’s all they need.
- My Music Education Blog: http://carolelynn.weebly.com/
- Micro-Fiction, Macro-effect (Art with Impact): https://artwithimpact.org/using-writing-to-cope-with-anxiety/
- Mental Health Feature (Western Gazette): https://www.westerngazette.ca/features/barriers-to-mental-health/article_59779c28-279f-11e8-85b0-1bdefe7ae4dc.html
- Polar Expressions National Short Story Competition (Canadian Champion/Insider Halton): https://www.insidehalton.com/community-story/6157399-young-milton-wordsmith-wins-national-short-story-contest/