Piano Pieces I want to get done

I will upload some of these once I can get a nice recording.

Finished:
MacDowell – Like a Wild Rose
Yiruma – Kiss the rain
Pachelbel – Canon in D
Beethoven – Moonlight Sonata
Beethoven – Fur elise
Joplin – The Entertainer
Chopin – Nocturne Op 9 no 2
Liszt – Consolation no 3

Half-finished:
Debussy – Claire de lune
Liszt – Hungarian Rhapsody #2
Chopin – Nocturne op 27 no 1
Chopin – Nocturne op 48 no 1
Chopin – Fantasie Impromptu
Jay Chou – Lu Xiao Yu
Liszt – Liebestraume no 3
Chopin – Nocturne op 27 no 2
Bach – Toccata and Fugue in D minor

In the future:
Schubert – Impromptu op 90 no 3 & 4
Debussy – Arabesque no 1/2
Chopin – Heroic Polonaise
Chopin – Black Key Etude
Liszt – La Campanella
Mozart – Turkish march
Chopin – Minute Waltz
Chopin – scherzo no 2

My current state of affairs

Okay, so some of you may or may not be wondering where the heck did I disappear to, did I suddenly leave the Earth or maybe I was ignoring some people.

Firstly, to clarify:
-I am working co-op and summer school during weekdays. This means that I’m not available 40 hours of the week.

And my situation:
-I’m looking for a software developing/Website designing job currently. It might seem easy because I’m in software engineering but you have to understand that most of these positions require a certain amount of experience, and while I have designed websites in the past, they are now defunct. What’s more, I need a place to start in terms of getting experience, but all the positions I apply for require me to have experience already. This puts me between a rock and a hard place.

-I need to raise my GPA above 3.0. It is necessary so that next year I will have a better chance of getting into what I want be it PEY, FLC mentor or a job in the US. This is certainly not easy, being that 3rd year is seen as the hardest. But I will have to really pull out all the stops, something I lacked in second year, and pay more attention to the details and get a more productive work habit.

-I am in financial trouble. With the US economy in recession and affecting us, food and gas prices going up, added to the fact that I need a working job, this only detracts from my other goals. Heck, I’m even struggling to return to my old call center position…

So yeah things aren’t looking up, that’s why I rarely talk to people on MSN or on Facebook anymore, just cause I need to think about and do something about these issues I’m having. Peace out.

-Tong Zou

My reflections on second year 流露我的目标和我的感想

So it’s been almost a year since I wrote my last note, so basically I have witnessed in myself quite a change since first year. Whether this change is good or bad remains to be seen, but I think in general I am more aware of what is going on around me.

Second year university has been the hardest year of my life so far, both physically and psychologically, this is in comparison to first year which was relatively laid back and casual. I have had the support of family and friends to get me through this, so I am grateful for that. But more than support, I think is how university is more of a test of your limits as an individual. It tests whether or not you may choose to rise up to your destiny or to avoid your troubles and succumb to your fears. I plan to rise up and overcome my challenges, and I have already faced some of my greatest fears.

In contrast to myself as a first year, where I was so anxious to make friends and get along with everyone, this year I seem more interested in letting things go the way they are, a more passive approach to life. No longer am I constantly posting on people’s walls hoping they respond, or developing crushes on random people, or hoping that this person or that person would be a good friend, or seven or eight different clubs hoping that I will meet the right person. I think it is more about how I’ve accepted my cirumstances as a person and fate as well. Overall, I think I’ve progressed a great deal as an individual. Still alot to learn yes, but now at least I am aware of my actions and their consequences.

So even though I still haven’t made any good friends in unversity, even though I despair because I work so hard to achieve a below-average mark in my assignments, I still believe that eventually my destiny will be worth it.
So this year, I am taking more of a wait-and-see approach with things, I know that great things will come with great effort and the will to succeed, but I also know that sometimes wanting something more may actually undermine the thing that you are striving for in the end.

As a computer scientist, as a musician and as an individual, I think life is about overcoming your weaknesses and your challenges, facing your fears, living up to your expectations and achieving your dreams. But I think these things do require a lot of time and effort, it’s not for someone who are lazy…but I will continue to hope that I am walking on the right path, and that fate will serve me better as time goes on.

-Tong Zou

所以差不多一年前以来,还没有在网上写我的感想。基本上,现在我觉得我自己有好多变化。是否这些变化是好的或坏的是很难说,不过我觉得我比以前成熟一点。大学生活其实很困难,二年级可比一年级更辛苦。 我还有我父母和我朋友的支持,所以我也非常感谢他们。但主要的,我觉得大学真的测试个人的能力,个人的范围。也测试你是否选达到目标或避免问题,让恐惧吓你。我想该克服我的挑战,已经面对了我最大的恐惧。
我一年级倒是很着急交朋友,但今年就想让命运做主。总之,我已经决定我命运是应该的。我觉得我已经好多了。还有很多没学会,不过至少注意我的主意和我的后果。 虽然还没有在大学做好朋友,还没有达到满意的考分,但是我相信命运将来值得我痛苦。我知道最大的事情还没有来,我也知道现在很重要,需要多加油才会成功。 所以对我这种来说,我认为生活是关于克服你的缺点和挑战,面对你的恐惧,实现你的希望和梦想。 懒惰的人不会了解,因为这些事要求得很多时间和努力。 我要继续希望我走在正确的道路。并且也希望命运以后对我更好。

– 邹希桐