My daughter Imogen has lots of passions, but her two biggest ones are music and writing. Sometimes I wonder which one is her greatest love. When she was deciding what she was going to study at university, it could have gone either way. But in the end, writing won out over music, and for the past three years, she’s been studying for a Bachelor of Arts in Professional Writing and Publishing. A couple of weeks ago, Imogen completed her degree.
So what’s next for Imogen? Well, the first thing she wants to do is have a well-deserved Christmas break. But a break doesn’t mean she’s not going to be busy for the next few weeks. You see, Christmas is one of the biggest musical times of the year. And Imogen will be very involved with her second big passion: her singing.
Already the concerts have begun. Imogen performed at one last Sunday evening. This concert featured the talents of young performers in particular, and Imogen was given the opportunity to sing solo as well as with the choir.
I’d been hoping to attend the concert because I rarely get to hear Imogen sing. Well, that’s not quite true. She sings at home all the time, and she sings frequently on Sundays as a cantor at church. But all-dressed-up performance singing? That’s different.
I was all set to accompany Imogen, and my husband Andy, – he’s also a member of the choir – to the concert when one of my other daughters became unwell. So I stayed home to look after her. But that was okay. Sophie went along in my place and she recorded the concert for me. I got to see it on video.
Sophie didn’t have a tripod, her camera mic could have been better, and there was a lady sitting in front of her obscuring part of her view, but she did her best. Just in case you’ve been following along with Imogen’s story and would like to watch the video, I’m going to post it here. The first few seconds are very wobbly because Sophie was moving into position, but it settles down, so keep watching. I hope you enjoy the music.
This morning, as I was thinking about this video, I had another idea: Why not interview Imogen about her university experience and her plans for the future.
“Hey, Imogen, can I interview you, please?”
“Sure!” (Isn’t she obliging?)
So Sophie got out her camera again and set it up on a tripod. And then I asked Imogen lots of questions about university, careers and dreams, and ended up with some interesting clips. If I manage to turn them into something presentable, I will post the video here on my blog (and on Youtube) in a day or two.
Can unschoolers get into university and graduate with a degree? It seems they can. Can they fulfil their dreams? Imogen is about to find out!