That's it.. I'm officially done.
I just got back from my graduation commencement at Queens College, and I'm happy to announce that I am officially a Master of Arts (although I'm really.... REALLY.... far from being a real master!). It only felt like not long ago I had just come to New York, and to Queens College to study with not only great teachers, but also with great people in the school. I know that for a lot of us who live half the planet away, to be able to study with people that we want to study with badly is one heck of a big dream. For some, that dream does come true, and I must say that was the case for me. And I'm so eternally grateful for that opportunity.
I had a blast studying in QC, and to say I have learnt a lot is both and under-and-over-statement. There's so much I've gained from my short time here, but there's so much TO learn that I know I've not learned enough. And I've not yet fully applied what I got to learn to the best I can (yet!). Well, I'm definitely gonna take advantage of the extra time I have to get some more knowledge, and learn to apply them!
One of the biggest thing about what I enjoyed about QC is getting to know a lot of cool cats, and they come from ALL over the world...and that is NOT an overstatement. I was tempted to name everyone (or at least as far as I can remember) but I don't think I will.. I'm still a lazy person at heart! LOL!
But I'd like to extend my congratulations to the graduating class (of the Masters Jazz program) of 2010.. I'm so happy to be able to join you guys and gals in this momentous occasion!
CONGRATULATIONS to Rafal Sarnecki, Willie Harvey, Eric Teichman, Anthony Vanacore, Spiro Sinigos, Eun-jin Lee, Le Zhang, Dean Sagafiez, Keith Yaun, Carlos Mena, Janis Goerlich, Masayuki Negoro, Jungmin Lee, C.J. Glass, Ryan Weisheit, Adia Leadbetter, Majid Khaliq, Trevor Long, Lola Danza, and Russ Flynn! I hope I didn't miss anyone out...
... and good luck!