S3 Scribble #22: Everybody Wants to Rule the World

“Help me to decide,”

At a virtual Festifall student organization fair a few weeks into the first semester of my freshman year of college, I decided to join a student organization called MUSIC Matters. I was brand new to the University of Michigan and I knew that I should try my best to get involved, so I went out on a limb and joined a student organization that sounded like fun. As a lover of music and concerts and as someone who believes that music is a great tool for bringing people together, MUSIC Matters’ mission stood out to me: “use the unifying power of music to drive social impact in our community.”

“Help me make the most of freedom and of pleasure,”

I’ve remained a member of MUSIC Matters over the past few years and have held various leadership positions, including Head of Social Media and Head of Public Relations. This semester, I stepped into a role on the organization’s executive board: Marketing Chair. Over the past few months, I’ve worked with the rest of MUSIC Matters to market our annual music and lifestyle festival, Springfest, that took place this past weekend. After dozens of meetings and hours of work, Springfest was a huge success. We had over 7,000 people come to our daytime music festival with student bands and performers, and had a phenomenal night show at the Michigan Theater headlined by Alexander23, who covered the song for this week’s blog. To see MUSIC Matters’ hard work pay off so wonderfully made me feel accomplished like never before.

“Nothing ever lasts forever,”

I went from being a general member of MUSIC Matters going to meetings that were exclusively on Zoom in Fall 2020 to the Marketing Chair at an in-person Springfest enjoying live music alongside thousands of others in Spring 2024. Not only did I get to bring some musical joy to Ann Arbor, but I got to do it alongside many friends who I likely would have never met had I not joined MUSIC Matters. Who knew that what seemed like such a small decision to get involved would result in such a defining part of my undergraduate experience? Freshman year me would hardly believe it!

“Everybody wants to rule the world.”

Listen to Everybody Wants to Rule the World by Tears for Fears here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=awoFZaSuko4

Learn more about MUSIC Matters here: https://umichmusicmatters.com/

Sydney Braun

University of Michigan Class of 2024. Pronouns: she/her. Double Major in Environment and Communication & Media. Huge fan of 80s/90s music, not a fan of single-use plastic water bottles. Be sure to check out Song Scribbles With Sydney, where I use my favorite music to help analyze my emotions and experiences at college, posted every Wednesday!

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