Get yourself out there, and become a part of any club that even slightly interests you. College is the time to learn about yourself and the things you enjoy. Jump in and surround yourself with new opportunities and experiences to truly discover who you are.
Why did you choose the University of New Haven?
I chose the University of New Haven because of its 4+1 program. I have the opportunity to earn a degree in music and a master’s degree in education while interning and student-teaching at a local school. I also love all the ensembles I participate in, especially the marching band.
What was the hardest part about making the transition from high school to the University of New Haven?
The hardest part of transiting to college life was managing my time efficiently. Between classes, clubs, music ensembles, and friends, I very quickly had a busy schedule. But adjusting to this was quite easy. I was able to manage my responsibilities with the help of a daily planner, and guidance from the First Year Success Center as they are always a resource for advice in adjusting to overall college life.
What do you like most about the University of New Haven?
What I like most about the University of New Haven is the supportive faculty and staff, especially in the music department. The professors are extremely kind and really get to know you as a person rather than just another student. They recognize my goals and are willing to do everything they can to help me achieve them. Not only are they experienced and known in their fields, but the University of New Haven faculty truly care about the students.
What extracurricular clubs and organizations are you involved in?
As a musician, I’m involved in as many ensembles available; namely the marching band where I’m a student leader, the wind ensemble, concert band, and jazz band. I’m also the Music Director of the student-run Chargers Pep Band, which performs at volleyball games, basketball games, and other campus activities.
What are your plans for the future?
After graduating from the University of New Haven I plan on becoming a high school band director. My dream is to share my passion for music with others.
What is your favorite University of New Haven tradition?
Football games are by far my favorite events on campus. It’s exciting to see all of us Chargers show up to cheer on the team on our beautiful blue field that we like to call, the Smurf Turf.
What do you feel you are getting out of your major?
Though Music Education isn’t the most popular career track at the University of New Haven, I feel this allows me to work one-on-one with my professors and gain insightful knowledge from experienced educators. There is great diversity in courses I can take to open my eyes and ears to music of all types. From African Drumming, to History of Rock, and European Art Music, I am immersed in music from all across the globe.