I remember reading my first book (other than fiction) front to back and it was an autobiography of Miles Davis – a key Jazz pioneer of the early 50’s throughout the rest of his life into the late 80’s or early 90’s. This was the book that really sparked my interest in using books as a tool to develop my knowledge of the things that I loved such as music. As I’ve continued to read the many books I’ve been required to read in my classes up until now my 4th semester sophomore year, I’ve noticed that I have begun to develop my own reading voice. My reading voice is what I like to consider my own “persona” that I envision myself as when I read any book. Through this I feel that I can methodically piece together any information that I get from what I am reading, therefore internalize that what I’ve learned in the long run. The way that I see reading now, is that it is a tool in which we can perpetually communicate information to ourselves as humans, so why wouldn’t I take advantage of such a tool to develop my own interests and knowledge? I think there are some things that I may be able to get from hands on experience that I wouldn’t be able to get through reading, but I also believe that this stands true vice versa and I would be doing myself a disadvantage if I chose to disregard that fact.
-- Joaquin Contreras