Hometown: Wolcottville, Ind.
Job After Graduation: Band and Choir Director at Central Catholic Jr./Sr. High School in Lafayette, Ind.
This year has been very busy as I have been finishing my degree here at SJC and also working full-time teaching music since October. It was such an amazing opportunity to start teaching and gaining experience before I graduated and I would not have been able to make this possible without my preparations and work at Saint Joseph's College. Everything that you learn in the classroom becomes a whole new world once you are in the field of teaching! I am so grateful to have had my supportive professors who challenged me to make me into the educator that I am today. At Central Catholic the mission is, "Preparing students for life," which nearly mirrors SJC's "Involved for life." I am very grateful to be able continue to teach at Central Catholic and be able to continue the vision of SJC through my new teaching career.
Choir President, NAfME Chapter President, Event Coordinator, Right to Life Club President, Former Student Music Ministry Director
Why did you choose SJC?
While picking out a school to attend, SJC stood out right away as a welcoming college that would see me not only as a student but as a valued individual. I love that I am close to many of my professors and that they can encourage my strengths and pick out my weaknesses.
How do you feel about the Core Program?
I enjoy all of the classic literature that we read in Core. The Core Program presents many world views and cultures and encourages you to articulate your thoughts and to explain why and where they came from. It challenges you to defend your beliefs and knowledge and to understand others even if you do not agree.
The Core Program offered at SJC is great for spreading out all the required curriculum classes you would have to take at another university into all four years. You can start working towards your major right away which helped me a lot especially since I declared a major my sophomore year and am still able to graduate on time.
Help with deciding on a major
I did not declare a major until my sophomore year and since I had already been taking required classes I wasn't too behind and could make up what I needed easily. SJC is a great place to get encouragement if you don't know what you would like to study and there are wonderful professors who see your potential and help you choose the best major and career that uses your talents to the best of your abilities. My academics are busy, being a Music Education major, but all the music professors are selfless in their time and always put students first. The Department of Music at SJC offers so many opportunities and ensembles to participate in and it's still growing! Being involved in Choir and Band at SJC are my favorite memories and has led to so many lasting friendships.
Clubs and Activities
Being a part of the community at SJC allows you to be in any club or activity that you are interested in. At SJC, I have been a part of the following clubs and organizations:
Campus Ministry has been a huge part of my career here at SJC. I have been the Student Music Ministry Director and have been a part of the Campus Ministry group. I really enjoy being able to meet with people who have the same beliefs I have and put together the best Mass we can provide for SJC.
I have also been a retreat and leader on the Kairos retreats that are provided here at SJC. It was one of the best retreats I've been on, and I love the relationships you build there. I hope to be more involved in the Right-to-Life Club. In many of the organizations I'm in, we do some sort of community service.
It is a great feeling going out in the community and trying to build a good relationship with people in Rensselaer.
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