Attending Manual showed me how to challenge boundaries and rules and instructions, and how to think for myself. By the time my freshman year (2014-2015) was over, I had quit going days without talking, and had actually joined a band.
Through Manual, I met Cicada Hoyt and Robert Spencer. Cicada’s mom is the founder and executive director of New Roots, although I didn’t know it at the time. Robert Spencer became my best friend, and now works with me as an intern at New Roots.
My second major step into Louisville’s community was joining the band. At all of our shows, I see people who are involved in many different communities in many prolific ways, and I’m in awe of every single one of them. The music scene in Louisville is outstanding and deeply intriguing. It really is a scene, and that status is hard to put into words. It’s like it doesn’t exist until suddenly you find your personal lynchpin, and suddenly it’s everywhere all at once. Louisville’s music scene has spread into every nook and cranny of the city, and it’s beautiful.
My third step happened--and almost didn’t happen--towards the end of sophomore year. I was looking for a summer job, and I planned to work at Paul’s Fruit Market. I was going to work there until I graduated from high school or got fired--preferably the former.
However, one day, I got an email from Karyn Moskowitz about an internship opening at New Roots made possible by the Mayor’s Summerworks program. Originally I declined the offer due to convenience of transportation and the safety of working at Paul’s. However, within ten minutes of hitting send, I regretted it. I quickly typed up a retraction email, and hit send for the second or third time as my gut squirmed. And finally, I received an email in response, and that was it. As long as I filled out a packet of bureaucratic paperwork, I’d be working at New Roots.