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What brought you to Kirkwood and why?
Honestly, the low cost of living and tuition is what brought me here! I was living with a family friend in Des Moines so I can study there, but I was really itching to get my own place. I never really considered Kirkwood until a friend brought up the low cost of living in Cedar Rapids in comparison. I realized I could actually afford to be independent and study here, so I went for it and Kirkwood made it happen.
What is your background? Hometown? High school? Family members?
I was born in upstate New York. After my parents separated, I was raised by my mother, Jane Poor, in Mount Pleasant, Iowa along with my younger sister, Ae-In. I graduated from Mount Pleasant Community High School in 2013 and then spent a year abroad with a leadership program called Generation Peace Academy.
What is your program of study and what interests you about it?
I am looking toward studying music education with an emphasis in vocal performance. I cannot praise enough the benefits of music education in the development of children and also the lifelong connections made through performance experiences. Performing and creating music as a group teaches the value that each individual has the benefit of a whole, and also how to get up in front of others to present yourself professionally. These are very useful life skills that translate to other fields and careers in society that everyone can benefit from!
Are you involved in anything else on campus? If so, what and why?
I am part of our vocal jazz group, Jazz Transit, and the Concert Choir. I have tons of fun digging into different styles of music and creating wonderful music with the great friends I've been lucky to make here. I also work as the Choral area work study assisting the vocal music director Dr. Fred Kiser. This is a unique experience to job shadow a professional within the field I plan to work.
If not, are you involved in anything off campus? If so, what and why?
Off campus I work part-time at my apartment complex as a community assistant and will be part of the Cedar Rapids Opera Theatre's adult chorus this upcoming season.
What do you do for fun?
I'm a real homebody, but I love driving and blasting my radio with some quality music. If I'm not on the hunt for the perfect latte or taking drives with my friends, I'm usually curled up on the couch with my roommate's cat.
Where do you see yourself in five years?
I really can't say, I'm learning to go with the flow. Ideally, I hope to be done with my undergrad at least and teaching music somewhere, maybe performing with an opera guild? But who really knows, opportunities pop up at the most unexpected times.
What are your plans after Kirkwood?
Depending on what kind of scholarships I get, I plan to transfer to one of the private schools in Iowa to finish my undergrad in music education, but I want to leave my options open.
Share a favorite memory from a musical you’ve been involved with at Kirkwood.
Kirkwood has been such an unexpected experience for me and the productions have been truly amazing processes creating lifelong friendships. I'm so sappy, but I have to say that my favorite memory would have to be from "The 1940s Radio Hour." Sitting on stage with my dearest friends and classmates (and cast mates!) as our characters watched and enjoyed each others performances, and I realized how lucky I must be to perform alongside these people, with whom I've come to I love, and not even have to act.