Dreams Can Come True

Paige - Sugar Land, Texas
Entered on October 9, 2011
Age Group: Under 18
Themes: creativity, work

Have you ever given up on our dreams? Well why did you? If you set your mind into your dreams, you will accomplish it and be happy. I remember when I finally accomplished one of my goals. I believe that you should never give up on your dreams. If you keep going, you will succeed.

When I was in 6th grade, I started playing cello as a beginner in orchestra. I was so excited to start my first year. When the orchestra director, Ms. Victor, talked about higher levels of orchestras like the top one, Symphony, my mind was set on what she said about Symphony. I thought it would be very cool. My goal was set throughout middle school: to be in Symphony Orchestra. My mom got me a private cello teacher to work with me on some cello technique and music I was working on at school. He was cool and ok for a teacher, but I had a feeling that I wasn’t learning enough from him. Later in the year, the music for the Symphony audition was released and I was so desperate to learn the music. Before I left to go home one day, Ms. Victor talked to me about my teacher not taking me to the next level. She was right because after I did the audition, I didn’t get the cut. I was disappointed, but I wasn’t going to give up so easily I still had a chance of getting into Symphony Orchestra.

After the summer, I started 7th grade, continuing orchestra. Because I didn’t make Symphony, I was placed one orchestra lower than that. 7th grade was my last chance of getting into Symphony. After talking about getting a new teacher with Ms. Victor, she recommended Ms. Courteney Vandiver, “A Far Cry” cellist. I consult it with my mom and consider giving it a try. After a few lessons with her, I thought I learned more than my old teacher. She’s funny, sweet, and pushing me into doing higher and professional cello playing. At this rate, I had a higher chance in getting into Symphony.

Symphony auditions were coming up, and the etudes were released. I felt confident, but I still wanted to practice it with Ms. Vandiver. Unfortunately, she was busy with other things, so I couldn’t. I didn’t know what to do. One day at school, I was talking with my friend Quyn. She asked if I was auditioning for Symphony.

I was sad at what she asked and answered, “Yeah, but I don’t know if I have a chance.”

She replied, “I’m sure you’ll make it. You’re really good.”

That had me thinking. I still had a chance. I couldn’t give up.

I practiced nonstop every day until the day of the audition. I had butterflies in my stomach, but I just relaxed and played, remembering what I’ve been taught. I was relieved when it was over. During summer, I was getting anxious because Ms. Victor hadn’t posted the result until one morning. My other friend Ifeoma called me, congratulating me on being placed in Symphony Orchestra. I didn’t know what she was talking about until I checked on the website. I couldn’t believe my eyes. I actually made Symphony. All the hard work paid off. I never gave up on myself. By that, I accomplished my goal.

Now, I am happy with my friends in Symphony. I successfully accomplished my goal, and now you can too. Don’t give up! I believe in you. I believe that if you never give up on your dreams or goals, you will accomplish it.