I chose DePauw because of the welcoming environment and relationships I built with professors even before my classes began.
DePauw impressed me because of its undergrad focus. There is no competition with graduate students for research and performance opportunities. This also means that all classes are taught by professors who are in the top of their fields, not graduate assistants.
The most impactful experience at DePauw was my trip to South Africa with the DePauw Chamber Singers during winter term 2018. This trip was life-changing. We immersed ourselves in South African culture. We were taught traditional Black South African choral music by two respected South African choral conductors.
Having this experience led to my desire to learn more about cultures and customs from around the world. And because of this, I took the opportunity to pursue an anthropology minor along with my music education major.
At the end of the day you must choose what school you feel is right. The college you choose will be your home for four years. DePauw University is the closest thing that I have ever felt to being at home. From the moment I walked on campus, I felt that I was welcomed as a part of the community.
After graduation, I plan to pursue a high school band director position with the goal of having my own high school band program. Then, I plan to obtain a Master of Music in music education and eventually a doctoral degree in education, with the plan of pursuing administrative positions in local schools and government.