University of Southern Florida
Pragmatism of Music
Some students have a background, identity, interest, or talent that is so meaningful they believe their application would be incomplete without it. If this sounds like you, then please share your story.
What are the practical applications? How will you use this in your future? Is this a pragmatic use of your time? According to some people, no.
Pragmatism is one of the most ambiguous concepts in the English language. What is to determine the usefulness of a skill? It may not make you make you wealthy, and it may not even invoke enough income to live on, but does that opportunity cost outweigh your happiness? When I began my professional journey, I had to analyze the possible outcomes in order to succeed at my desired level. I would have to take extra AP classes online, sacrifice my weekends of jovial activity and friendship for work, and maintain my grades within the International Baccalaureate program. Nine-to-five desk jobs are practical; however, I prefer a challenge. I prefer a risk.
Musicians are portrayed by an inaccurate stereotype: lazy, relaxed, and often substance abusers; in the modern and malleable music industry this is no longer the case. At the young age of fourteen, I voluntarily decided to undergo a long term and vigorous change in my lifestyle. As a naïve teenager, I learned through experience that the key to music in its current form is to demand attention. It is imperative that the modern musician...
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