What is Honors Tutorial College?
It’s basically a program that incorporates independent study with your professors. You meet with your professor once or twice a week, one on one, and have a conversation about the problems they assign, the concepts. It’s really great because your professor gets to know the way that you think and the way that you problem solve. You get to know your professor way better. It opens up contacts and additional learning opportunities.
How rigorous are your classes?
My mom was convinced that college would be a breeze for me. I had a lot of my general education requirements out of the way because of my AP classes. She was completely wrong. It’s way more rigorous than I ever imagined. If you want to do important things with your life, you’re going to have to do more than the minimum.
Describe performing for audiences on campus.
Last year I won the concerto competition with a grad student as a duet. I was playing marimba and he was playing vibraphone. It was a blast, the-time-of-my-life kind of thing. There are a lot of percussion departments where you don’t get a chance to perform until you’re an upperclassman. The prize for the competition is you get to play with the orchestra for one of their concerts. You end up going to rehearsal with the orchestra. The orchestra learns your piece, and you perform it at a concert in Memorial Auditorium. It was exhilarating. Frightening, but really fun.
How are you paying for college?
For me, it starts with my academics. I ended up with a full-tuition scholarship from OHIO. A full-tuition scholarship is extremely helpful because I’m taking 20-plus credits a semester as a double major. Not having to worry about how many credits I’m taking is enormously helpful. I’m also on a scholarship through the physics department. Beyond that, it’s savings that my parents set up.
Do you remember the first time you visited campus?
I came with the high school honor band for the Honor Choir & Orchestra Festival. It was a concert band event, and Dr. Trachsel led it. He’s the (Ohio University) director of bands. I got into that because my high school band director graduated from Ohio University. I think he kind of used it as a reason to come down here! I got to know Dr. Trachsel and his teaching style and the way he directed the band, and I thought it was beautiful.
What does Bobcat pride mean to you?
I’m definitely proud of my education. I’m proud of the work that I’ve been doing in the Honors Tutorial College and in the percussion studio. The students are really dedicated. I’m glad that I can be a part of it. I’m really happy to be here.
"Through Arts for OHIO, you get free admission to arts events – theater performances, dance performances, music performances. It's huge because college is a time to experience things, and I like to do that through the arts programs."