Area of Study:
Music Education, Choral
Why did you choose St. Scholastica?
I chose St. Scholastica because I wanted a school where it had a family-like community and the opportunity to have close connections with the teachers. I was not very fond of the idea of going to a giant metropolitan campus. I tossed the idea of going out of state for college, but I ended up deciding that my hometown is part of who I am.
Why did you choose your major?
I have been singing in a choir ever since I can remember and music has always been a big part of my family. I didn't want to be a solo performer and make money off of my voice. I wanted to teach others to appreciate and experience music in a new way. I chose choral music because to me it seems to be the most organic form of music. It is humans, themselves, making the music.
What extracurricular activities are you involved?
For extracurricular activities, I like to write and produce music, particularly electronic dance music. I am a part of a DJ collective with some of my friends, and we perform at venues and parties around town. As for non-musical endeavors, I spend my time drawing, longboarding the winding hills of Duluth, and walking around town, taking in the scenes.
What’s your favorite class? And who is your favorite professor?
My favorite class was definitely Ed Psych with John Bauman, who would also have to be my favorite professor. I love learning how the mind and people work, and being able to connect it to my daily life. Also, John Bauman is a great teacher, but also a radical guy all around!
Special projects/trips you participated in?
My freshmen year, my Dignitas class, Hip-hop and Human Diginity, put on a fundraiser event for a local homeless and troubled teen resource center. We booked hip-hop performers from all around Minnesota, local graffiti artists, and dance crews to come and show their talents from the hip-hop culture and community. We called it "Hip-Hop Helps," and we raised a good amount of money!
Advice for prospective students?
My advice for new students: push yourself, be prepared to experience something outside of your comfort zone, exercise to keep your body energized and healthy and also relax to do the same for your mind and soul, get to know the faculty of the campus (especially your teachers and security), be open-minded and open-hearted, don't wait for new friends to come to you, instead, go out and make them, and finally, make use of all the awesome things that are available to you (ex. health services, the writing center, the career center, the wellness center, student support services, campus rec, the help desk, etc.).