Alfred My favorite cousin, Alfred, had always been the brother I never had, but after my first breakup left me utterly destroyed, he proved to be even more important to me than that. Despite how busy we were with college preparations, jobs, etc. we spent a considerable amount of time together. Activites - The band didnt't have enough time to do live shows as often as we liked, but we managed to release a couple of EPs and an LP. - I wanted to get used to writing essays like I expected to be doing in college, so I started writing music reviews. I went through my own collection and even the Music Shops collection researching, comparing and coming up with a "fair" judgement. - My time in the library turned into major study sessions. I rented textbooks, took mock exams and wrote all the notes i could before my fingers fell off. - Whenever I had free time, I would do exercises on my guitar and keyboard. Despite how much my fingers hated me, I would usually stay up late at night doing this. - I filled up a horde of notebooks full of poems, lyrics, and music notation, all crowding up Daddy's "man cave". I prepared myself to apply for SSU. It took a bit convincing from Daddy to take all this college stuff seriously. I assumed "whatever, musicians usually drop out anyways" but I didn't just want to be a musician. I wanted to be the music guru. Or at least I could become a renowned and respected tutor/teacher. Either way, I decided to take electives in Music and Creative Writing.