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About Me!

​​​​​Greetings, readers!

I am currently a senior music education major in the School of Music. I began my time at DePaul as a bassoon performance major, and though I love playing my instrument I quickly realized that teaching was a much better route for me! For this quarter, I’m student teaching grades 4-12 band and will be back on campus for winter and spring quarters to finish my degree. After graduating in June, I’m hoping to get a teaching job (preferably band!) in a school and continue playing bassoon – the two things that fuel my passions of performing and teaching.

When I’m not in class or teaching, I work in the School of Music admissions office as a student worker and spend my weekends frosting delicious cupcakes at Molly’s Cupcakes​. I absolutely love both of my jobs! I get to meet lots of people through giving tours and answering phone calls and being surrounded by baked goods every weekend is like being in Heaven (though has been damaging to my waist line). When I’m not working, I love to exercise, go to concerts and festivals, eat out at my favorite restaurants and spend time with the wonderful people I have met during my time at DePaul.

DePaul has opened so many doors for me, and I never imagined I’d have as many opportunities as I have had here. I grew up on the southern coast of Maine with my parents and younger brother (who now attends DePaul – what a coincidence!). Though it’s sometimes hard to be away from my family, (18 hours by car, 2.5 hours by plane to be exact), moving halfway across the country to a city like Chicago for my education is something I will never regret. 

Here are some of the amazing things I’ve been able to do through DePaul and being in Chicago:

Travel to Sierra Leone, West Africa to teach music during winter break

See concerts at the Lyric Opera, Ravinia, the Chicago Theater and Symphony Center

Run the Chicago Rock n’ Roll half-marathon and other smaller races

Teach music in local schools and take part in lots of other music-related opportunities!

I’ve also had the privilege of being a member of NAfME collegiate (National association for Music Education) and was a Chicago Quarter mentor in the Discover Chicago program that all 1st year students participate in. I’m extremely lucky to be studying in an amazing city at a fabulous university, surrounded by some of the most talented individuals I have ever met. I’m looking forward to sharing this year – my final year as an undergraduate student at DePaul – with all of you. Thanks for reading!