Senior Reflection: Geoff Tobia Jr. on Student Performance Culture

On-campus activities have undeniably been an extremely rewarding and rewarding facet of my college experience. While I do my best to describe my experiences and my navigation through the sea of ​​extracurriculars that Tufts has to offer, I want this reflection to serve primarily as advice. There are two focal points of advice that I have; incoming classes of Jumbos and current Jumbos of any class can follow them. First, trust the process. Sticking to what makes you happiest and pursuing it will take you in exciting new directions. Second, take every opportunity presented to you and actively seek out new ones. These ideas ended up making me feel very fulfilled and satisfied with my time at Tufts, and I hope anyone who feels lost or uncertain can consider them and find something to excite them.

This is college, isn’t it? Sure, I may still not know what I want to do in terms of a career path (sorry mom and dad!), but I’ve been able to narrow down my passions through some trial and error, and a lot of stumbling over great people. Meeting and befriending people who welcomed me and had fascinating experiences and passions is what brought me to some of my favorite groups of people: The daily life of tufts (sure), fencing club and Major: Undecided, to name a few. Without these people who welcomed me with open arms and who helped create such fun and unforgettable moments, I would not have become the person I am with confidence and pride today. Of course, it goes without saying that my close friends, most of whom I’ve known since my freshman year at Tufts, are my biggest cheerleaders, and they fuel my motivation to trust the process and actively seek out opportunities. to continue to nurture and develop what excites me.

In fact, it took me years of training to find what brought me immense joy: play bass for my band, Fossil. Of course, the COVID-19 pandemic led me to pick up the instrument in August 2020, but years of shaping my musical tastes at Tufts, as well as the fondness I developed for music at Tufts, m made me want to practice bass and play for my friends and for the Tufts community.

What was so rewarding about being passionate about the bass guitar was the constant joy I got from just picking it up to play. And that’s something I know everyone can do, even if they don’t already: find something that brings you a constant sense of joy and time well spent. There were a lot of sample songs I wanted to learn from artists I really like, like Jessie Ware, Masego and Omar Apollo. Besides that, listening to albums from popular artists like Charlie Puth and Doua Lipa, and the way they use bass guitar to create incredibly catchy tunes, inspired me to write my own bass guitar riffs. So once I had the instrument in my hands, I got to work, and it engendered the therapeutic nature of practicing bass on my own and the rush of playing live with my band.

I’ve seen a variety of campus shows and concerts around the Boston area as a Tufts student, and I’ve always been a little jealous of the performers onstage. Don’t get me wrong, I really enjoyed the shows I covered, such as Tool, Tyler the Creator and origami angel. But after interviewing artists like Kota the friend, Lady Lamb and No costumes, and chatting with artists on campus, the desire began to grow for me to be the one on stage, to perform for my friends and other music-loving strangers. It’s there that Fossil took off.

With my good friends Brandon Karavitcha senior and juniors Joe Sinkovits and Max Chow Gillette, we have transformed the limits of the pandemic on the outside world into a space to create. I am very grateful that for brandon and me, we were able to perform in front of the live Tufts audience before the end of our senior year. Little did I know how intensely satisfying that feeling would be as a performer in a rock/metal band. It’s totally electrifying to see how people dance to the music you play. It’s a feeling that accompanies any live musical performance, but finding my place in metal music took a lot of feeling and a lot of music-related experiences at Tufts to get to where I am now. And, man, I’m so grateful for where this got me.

Every budding musician needs to make their presence known on campus. Connect with groups like WMFO and AppleJam, both who have the greatest and greatest support for Tufts musicians. They’ll liven up your shows, cheer you on, and keep you motivated to keep playing to the amazing crowds Tufts bands draw. And that translates to many other bands as well. If you’re into comedy, for example, there are people in comedy groups who can tell you about spaces in the Boston area that are great for comedians to build their platform on. Connections like these are what help turn your dreams into realities. And that’s why I implore people to pursue their passions and get involved in what Tufts has to offer.

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