"I couldn't find a parking spot"
Martina Sorbara, Juno Award-winning lead singer of Dragonette
I got back from a year hanging out in Italy after high school and thought college was just something I was supposed to do. I got a tiny scholarship to study music at York University in Toronto. On the first day they did this test on general knowledge of music theory, which for me was literally zilch—I couldn't even properly read music and I thought, "Holy sh-t, I am not supposed to be here!" Then on the third day, I was circling around trying to find a parking spot and thought, "This is not my idea of university; it's more like a shopping mall. Get me out of here!" I grabbed a friend and asked him how I could de-enroll. I went home, told my parents I wasn't going to university and spent the next year making a guitar. That's when I understood my relationship to music: I had to play live shows and make songs. For the next couple of years I made guitars in between gigs, put out my first solo EP and went from there!