“It is good to have an end to journey toward; but it is the journey that matters, in the end.”
― Ernest Hemingway
The last self reflection, the final blog post, the end of the research paper, these days most of my work in Music in the Stars has to do with the end. A metaphorical place that has thus far been shrouded in stress and joy and mystery, a place that I never really expected to reach, but rather continuing on, endlessly striving for consonance.
Of course, the end is not truly and absolutely the end. Although my official endeavors for school credit are coming to a close, I do had a few more items on my agenda before I close the book completely. The first is to submit my research paper to a science journal. I have narrowed down my choices of journal to Sigma Xi’s Chronicle of the New Researcher and the National High School Journal of Science. I am giving myself until Thursday of next week to agonize over minute imperfections in my paper until I submit it to one journal or the other.
My second goal is to prepare for my school wide presentation on January 30th. This entails that I finish the sheet music (although I doubt I’ll ever really feel like it’s finished), write down/think about what I’m going to say, and prepare visuals to accompany the presentation. I’m not stressed about it at all as I find that speaking about my project is easy, probably because of the volume of writing I’ve done about it as well as the fact that public speaking has always come easily to me.
Finally, I would like to try out xSonify, a software program written by NASA that allows you to transform data into sound, on my data and compare the results to the music I have produced. This is the program that Wanda, my inspirational unofficial mentor, used in her work, Star Songs. I also hope to continue my conversation with Wanda about the power of the human brain and the potential of music as an analysis tool.
I’d like to conclude by thanking all of the wonderful people who have helped me through Music in the Stars. Thank you to Gabriele Betancourt-Martinez, for being a wonderful and available mentor. Thank you to Dr. Khee-Gan Lee and Bill Carithers for going above and beyond to help me make the project a success thus far. Thank you to Teacher Victoria Jones and Teacher Betsy Swan for helping me navigate my research. Thank you to Wanda Diaz-Merced for her inspirational spirit. Thank you to Teacher Margaret Haviland for creating this valuable opportunity. And finally, thank you to all of the others who made my work possible, I couldn’t have done it without you.
So I guess this is really it, the end of an era*. However, this end is really more of a beginning. I know that this project is my launching point for my journey in astrophysics research. I am ready to continue reaching into the unknown, looking beyond what is evident.
Photo citation: “Amazing Hubble Pictures — National Geographic.” National Geographic. N.p., n.d. Web. 09 Jan. 2015.
*P.s. Please excuse my over dramatization throughout this post, I felt it was only right to end in a dramatic and heartfelt way.