On May 22, 2016, I officially graduated from the New England Conservatory of Music with my Master of Music degree in classical guitar performance under the tutelage of legendary maestro Eliot Fisk (the last student of Andres Segovia). These past two years have been a very trying time full of musical and personal growth. I came to NEC musically proficient, but technically deficient. I was challenged and intimidated beyond imagination and I often questioned the validity of my career pursuit in music. However Confucius once said, “A scholar who loves comfort is not fit to be called a scholar.” Apparently I’m now a master guitarist, however I feel more like a student now more than ever. I look forward to learning more about my instrument every day and I’m excited for my future music career! NEC has refined my chops and strengthened my entrepreneurial sensitivity. Though the environment was bleak and competitive, I’m now a stronger and better musician for having endured this rigorous training. I find inspiration in the lotus flower. The most beautiful lotus flowers blossom in the murkiest of swamps. We must remember that creativity is born from struggle and success is born from obsession. We actualize our dreams by showing up in reality! Here’s to the class of 2016! Congratulations! We did it!