A year ago, I would never have thought that one trip could completely reshape my senior year at Gettysburg College, creating opportunities for further travel and introducing me to a global community of music educators. But it did.
I came to Gettysburg looking for a full liberal arts education. Drawn to the school by opportunities to get involved with a strong marching band program, science department, and Conservatory, I went through three different majors before deciding on music education. I had always been involved with music and knew it was an interest of mine, but it took pursuing environmental science, to chemistry, to French, before I realized music was not just a hobby. It was what I wanted to do for the rest of my life.
I dove right into the course work, beginning my sophomore year with String Methods, and never looked back. With help from my advisors, Dr. Russ McCutcheon and Dr. Brent Talbot, I was able to complete my degree in just three years. The support I received—not only from every professor in the Sunderman Conservatory of Music, but also my peers in our music education family—reaffirmed my decision and helped me progress into the teacher and musician I am today.