Yesterday, the Friars had their 59th annual “Best Concert Ever” in Rackham Auditorium. I’m lucky enough to be a part of this a cappella group, and I’ve made some great friends thanks to my experiences as a Friar.
One of the best lessons I’ve taken from the group can be applied directly to my writing. I was one of the six new members of the Friars this year, and six is a huge turnover for an eight member group. Because of this, we’ve experienced some conflicts with where the group should go. The Friars are known as being a “comedic” a cappella group, but some of the new members (myself included) really wanted to focus on the musical element of our shows. This differed from the past few years, where putting on a funny concert was the priority. We realized that we couldn’t get our priorities mixed up; we’re an a cappella group first, and we joined the group because we enjoy singing. When we defined our goals, we were better able to put on a great show.
I found this articulation of goals to be helpful in my writing for this class. I was not sure which direction I wanted to take my “Why I Write” essay, but after writing down what I wanted my main point to be (as a point of reference), my second draft’s form was substantially better than my first’s.