This blog is a Playlist for my Senior Seminar class at California State University--Los Angeles. It analyzes the importance of music as it relates to literature. I hope you enjoy what I wrote during one of my last quarters as an undergraduate student!
Sunday, May 17, 2015
Reflections on Memory, Forgetting, and Susan M. Schultz
Before I met Susan M. Schultz, I felt intimidated
because of the fact that she is a distinguished professor at the University of
Hawaii. I was afraid of meeting someone of her caliber because I view
myself as merely an undergraduate student. After I met her, though, I
realized that she is just as human as anyone else because all people are
fundamentally the same.I learned from
this experience that everyone has their own minds, and that the precious gift
of human thought deteriorates over time as memories slip away.My sincerest hope is that I will never forget
this valuable lesson about the wonders of the human mind.
I first met Susan Schultz in King Hall B 1009 at California State University—Los
Angeles, I was amused by the fact that she was playing YouTube videos while she
was discussing her blog called “tinfisheditor.” At first, she showed the
audience a clip from Planet of the Apes. As the presentation
progressed, the link to Barbra Streisand's famous performance of the song
“People” did not display on the screen. Luckily, I actually knew the
lyrics to this particular song, so I delivered the performance of a lifetime by
singing one of my favorite songs from the 1968 musical film Funny Girl.
That performance will always be one of the highlights of my undergraduate
career at California State University—Los Angeles!
that amusing performance, Dr. Schultz continued her lecture by revealing more
about who she is.As she shared her
writing with the audience, I realized that Dr. Schultz is actually a humble person even though she has the esteemed title of being a university professor.As an undergraduate
student, I do my best to respect my professors.Nevertheless, I am also aware that professors are people, too.I would sometimes feel nervous around my
professors because they are more accomplished than I am, and I would never want
to be rude or inappropriate around them.Still, all professors, including Dr. Schultz, are just as human as the
students that they teach.In fact,
educators are simply people who want to help others learn while they themselves learn simultaneously, and I must admit
that I learned a lot while listening to Dr. Schultz.
the lecture progressed, Dr. Schultz read aloud, and discussed the importance of
memory.Additionally, she discussed
memory as it relates to poetry.By the
end of the presentation, I learned that writing can be a method that preserves
human thoughts even though the brain can only remember so much.In fact, I once learned in a psychology class
that the brain naturally deletes useless memories that are irrelevant to the
present day.In spite of this, the act
of writing can preserve thoughts that people develop in their minds unless
external forces destroy written work.Because of this truth, I am compelled to save copies of writing that I
produce because sometimes the writing that I create today can serve a greater
purpose for tomorrow. For example, being able to look back at writing I did in the best can remind me of how much I have grown as an individual. The past might be in the past, but reflecting on the past can help allow me to push myself forward rather than dwell on a past I cannot change.
learning this great truth about memory and poetry, I hope that my writing will
serve me well later in life. In fact, the writing that I did in class, such as taking notes on a song I knew, reminds me that I can use my memory to focus on the positive aspects of my life rather than regret mistakes I had made. The song that I wrote about with my memory was "Let It Go," and I am learning to let go of the past, and accept myself for who I truly am. I might not
have the mind of a genius, but it is comforting to know that I can actually
think.Hopefully, the thoughts in my
head right now will benefit me in the future. Specifically, being able to plan ahead for the future, and dealing with the present moment, are both much more productive activities than fixating on what has already been done and what should have been done.Still, I must admit that it is devastating to know that my own mind can
remember so much.One of the hardest
life lessons I had to learn is that forgetting is inevitable.Psychologists have also told me that the
ability to forget is actually healthy because no one would want to remember
every single moment of every single day.Nevertheless, I can still record thoughts that come to my mind on
paper.My sincerest hope is that I am
able to remember what really matters in life, such as family and love, rather
than trivial matters that have no relation to the present.Therefore, I am grateful for Dr. Schultz for
reminding me about the beauty of the life that I live. I cannot change the past, but I can utilize the lessons I had learned so that I would hopefully not repeat those same mistakes.
Susan. “Memory and Forgetting: A Poetry Reading.” California State
University—Los Angeles English Department. Room
KH B1009 at California State University—Los Angeles. 9 April 2015.