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There are many moments in my life that have defined who I am. The most significant of these moments occurred on one of the first days of sixth grade. I was an Aeropostle-clad preteen sitting in band class fiddling with the keys on an alto saxophone. My director was listing off instruments that she needed people to switch to- instruments that are not options in elementary school, like horn and bass clarinet. I had no plans to change instruments until a little two syllable word passed through the air.


Gee, I thought, it would really be funny if I played the tuba.

Although it didn’t end up as comical as I’d anticipated, I proceeded to play the tuba.

I didn’t like it at first, but I started to get acquainted with the instrument and improve as a musician in general. I started taking lessons and networking. New performance opportunities opened up here and there. I was sucked into this world of music and this niche of tuba players. It was overwhelmingly awesome. At some point (although I don’t recall exactly when) I realized that I couldn’t see myself doing anything else with my life.

Fast forward to now. I’m an incoming freshman at Penn State University and yes, I’m doing the tuba thing. Even though music is a big part of my life, it isn’t the only part. I like writing and role-playing games. I like trivia even though I’m not good at it. I’m passionate about food and nutrition. I love animals and have adopted a lifestyle that I really believe benefits them. I consume gallons and gallons of espresso. I have an awesome boyfriend. I love comedy.

My interests aren’t limited to the above and as a person, I’m not limited to what’s on this page. I discover new things about myself every day. It’s very cool how that works.