Through The Lens is our weekly series where we highlight current students and faculty, capture them on campus and ask them about their inspirations, advice and beyond.

1. Describe the moment/s when you knew that you wanted to study music further.

I have known my love for music since childhood and have been singing since a young age. Starting early in choirs, lessons, and performance programs as early as elementary school and beyond. Around high school, I wanted to transfer to a different school because they had a music performance program that my current school wasn’t offering. I had heard of MI and had always wanted to go until one day a friend and student told me well you are going to always wish you went, so why not just commit to it? It was all history from there.

2. If you could only play one piece of music for the rest of your life, what would it be?

I love so many different styles of music so this would be hard. Especially for one piece of music. I still have so much to learn, too. If it were one genre, however, I would have to choose metal.

3. If there is one piece of advice that you could give to other [area of study] students, what would it be?

To never give up. To stay true to yourself, your dreams and creating the change you wish to see. Leading by example is important, for there are generations to follow.

4. What the most important lesson you’ve learned at MI so far? What has surprised you the most about MI?

I have learned so much here during my time at MI, including lots of lessons. Probably the biggest being dedication. The commute alone equating three hours total every day so around that my days are dedicated to music. Putting in the work leads to results so staying focused on short and long term goals is a great way to progress on that path and by putting everything into what you do and not lose faith in that.

5. Where do you find  the inspiration to pick up your instrument /practice everyday?

From within. It inspires me the most knowing that each little bit of practice every day is key, which is motivating. Also, a sense of purpose relating to the bigger picture on more of a message based fire from within. I have made it a routine to stay focused to reach goals by processing information gradually and trusting the process in real time and know that every bit of practice is helping the process to further evolve.