Man, am I thankful for Memphis. In 2009, I was asked not to come back to Malone because my GPA was hardly even existent. I enrolled in community college with the end goal of being back to Malone in no time and it was miserable. I had no community. I felt alone. I had zero idea what I wanted to do with my life. I skipped class, didn’t study, I partied, I chased dumb boys, and I was just lost

I never requested info for Visible Music College, it just showed up and answered my prayers. We visited, I auditioned, and I got accepted… and it changed everything.

It took me away from everything I knew and showed me that it’s possible to make a new home somewhere else, if only for a little bit. It showed me that there were people in this world who were weird like me and understood me on a level that no one had ever done before and I didn’t have to keep pretending to be something I wasn’t in order to just simply fit in. It cultured my ignorance. It taught me the importance of family. It was the move that God used to build a foundation for my own faith. I learned to love myself. I learned to take pride in my academics. I learned so much about music theoretically and in the industry. I did things that colored so far out of my comfort zone lines that it just changed me… I mean, where else could I have gone to have had an internship that got me on stage with Three 6 Mafia?

I’ve never been the same since I left for Memphis in August of 2010 and I can’t even fathom what my life would look like if I hadn’t gone. I’m so thankful for the Memphis-shaped part of my heart… I’m so thankful that I left and learned. I owe a lot to the good old 901.

Melanie, 26
Canal Fulton, OH

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