The schoolyard was one of the best places to discover your creativity, meet your future bandmates, and find your purpose in life. Or what I remembered it as – the land of awkward puberty and bad lunches. All joking aside, hopefully most of us can look back on it with an overwhelming feeling of nostalgia that made Pokemon Go and boyband reunions the best things to happen in 2016. In this VAVA Nation special, members of the dance and music community shared their most memorable moments of going back to school.
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I remember there was a time in college where I was running late for class. I went to school in downtown San Francisco so running late was normal, and it was also always an escapade because there was so much going on. So one day, I'm running late, but I'm not late to the point where I can't make it to class on time. If I hustled I could have made it to class right before the lecture started, so I'm cutting through people, going through stopped cars and I finally get to the building my class is in. I swipe my I.D. and take the elevator up to the class's floor. I run down the hallway and as i'm about to turn the corner to where my class is, I slip and fall (very, very loudly) on a piece of paper that was left in the hall. I slammed into the CLOSED DOOR where my class was taking place, only to look up and see a "Class Cancelled" sign. After about 5 seconds, I came to my senses and realized about 15 people were looking at me and laughing and I could do nothing but laugh at myself as I walked off with my book bag and went back home to go to sleep.
Trevor from Our Last Night's School Shopping
Going back to school always meant summer was OVER, which no one looks forward to. Although that always sucked, the one thing I always loved doing was my back to school shopping… I’m not even talking about for clothes… when I was in middle school I was BEYOND stoked to go to the supply store & get my notebooks, binders and of course… The BEST pens I could find. Not sure what my obsession with nice pens were, but that's what made me stoked for school again!
Vince Horiuchi and Growing Up
Growing up in my neighborhood was an interesting experience for me. I was always one of the only Asian kids at the schools I attended so I sometimes had a difficult experience fitting in. I looked different, I ate "weird" food, and a lot of times I couldn't afford to wear or have the things most of the kids I was surrounded by had. For the longest time I had such an extreme case of social anxiety, which made it difficult for me to talk or even say "Hi" sometimes. Hip Hop changed that for me. Learning the Art of Breaking taught me to always be myself and gave me a voice. The new found energy I had soon transferred into my education and social life. A lot of people will often say this same statement, but Hip Hop changed my life.
In high school, me and two friends had a string trio called the Pynk Pyritz and we would get gigs playing at events around town, and would sometimes practice during lunchtime at school - sometimes even doing mini concerts in the stairwells. We played a lot of weddings too which were easy to do, fun and paid well, but we'd always get upset when it got to the end of the ceremony and it turned out they chose to write their own vows...instead of just saying "I do". We thought it was soooo silly that people would try to get creative with the (vows) wordings when they all wanted the exact same songs (Pachelbel's Canon always and forever!)
Wuz Good's Mix of Cultures
The thing I loved most about school was going to elementary, middle, and high school in a foreign country (I grew up in Okinawa Japan).
The Vegabond's First Day
The best part of school was always the first day. You never knew who you'd be sitting beside (hopefully your good buddy or the hot girl), or what the class would be like. Everyone always had their fresh new look and there was always the thought of a new beginning. It was all downhill after the first day.
Jay Stone's Social Life
I really loved the social interaction and development while being around my peers. I liked exchanging ideas and different information about similar interests I had with a lot of my friends and classmates. I also really liked listening to music while getting ready for school, and while on my way to school. It really got me ready for the day, and inspired me a lot. A lot of the music I listened to helped widen my perception of the world, and gave me a window into a reality that I didn't reside in.
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