By Fiona English
Often, life is quite strange, and you end up in places you wouldn’t expect.
I certainly did not expect to be here, writing for FSW’s The Compass, then applying to be Co-Editor-in-Chief, and now here: writing my first editorial. The opportunities are amazing. Without The Compass, I would not have seen FSW’s jazz ensemble perform while writing an article on a play. The very same jazz ensemble I would later audition for and become their newest saxophonist.
While my time with The Compass has not been relatively long, it has taught me an incredible lesson: that every opportunity sometimes has another option within, purposeful or not. With the global pandemic hanging over our heads, it would be difficult to say that this past year has not been the most productive, challenging year of my life.
At the beginning of 2020, I felt like I had lost a huge part of my life when the pandemic hit: music. I ended up giving up my leadership positions in band and quitting. Music has always been an outlet I depended on for a stress reliever, creative outlet, and socializing. The immediate (and what seemed like permanent) loss of that felt like a loss of myself and stability.
And here we are now, working for The Compass and playing jazz, a genre I thought I would hate. All-in-all, I am excited to be more involved with The Compass as the new Co-Editor-in-Chief, and I hope I can bring fresh ideas to the table.
To end this, I am grateful to be working with the wonderful Compass staff and incredibly grateful for the opportunities that have been given to me. I am excited to see what 2021 has in store for me and the opportunities that lie ahead.