Ali’s Dilemma, March 2016
Posted on Friday, March 11th, 2016 by Ali Froslie
I have a problem.
Well, it’s not really a problem. I don’t need to decide anything, but I do have a conflict that I am utterly crushed about.
This coming week is the National Book Awards at Concordia. This year, NBA finalist Sy Montgomery is coming to talk about her book, Soul of an Octopus, and NBA winner Neal Shusterman is coming to talk about his book, Challenger Deep. I’m reading both books right now and they are fantastic. I’ve learned some really crazy interesting things about Octopi from Montgomery, and Shusterman has completely captivated me with his tale of a boy struggling with his mental health. I would be so over the moon excited to hear them speak and attend a master class with Sy Montgomery and my nonfiction class.
The only problem. I’ll be on choir tour during the exact dates the authors will be here.
Don’t get me wrong, I am so, so excited to go on choir tour. I’m excited to hang out with my choir people, see some new places in Minnesota, eat some church food, and share this music with more people. It’s going to be really fun, and I couldn’t be happier that I get this opportunity.
But, I’m faced with a terrible dilemma. I’m excited to go on tour, but I’m crushed that I won’t be able to meet the authors and listen to them talk about things that directly relate to my major.
If you’ve gotten this far in the blog, sorry for the “woe is me” tirade. I’m just a choir and literature nerd who is desperately torn. However, if I decide to look at this whole thing in a positive light (which I probably should), it’s great that Concordia offers so many awesome opportunities. I’d rather be horribly disappointed to be missing an event than stuck wishing my school had more opportunities. Concordia is really good about giving us the chance to go see and do so many great things we might not have the chance to later in life. So, even though two of my favorite events will be overlapping this year, I’m still deeply grateful for the options. 🙂