For Tom Dukatz '16, Eagan, Minn., finding the right college required the perfect mix of academic and musical excellence.
Dukatz hopes to take on the world of business as a risk analyst.
He’s spent summers as an actuarial intern for major insurance companies in the Twin Cities and is currently doing independent research with Dr. Douglas Anderson, professor of mathematics.
As he considered colleges, Dukatz knew he wanted to attend a school that would help him achieve his goal of using math in his career. Conversations with Concordia’s math faculty about the opportunities he’d have here influenced his decision to enroll.
But it was the music program that most got his attention.
“I wanted to be part of a top collegiate ensemble, but I didn’t want to major in music,” says Dukatz. “Concordia emphasizes that non-majors can participate in music programs. That really appealed to me. That clinched it.”
Dukatz has also played with The Concordia Orchestra and Jazz Ensemble I. Music ensemble time, he says, is a meaningful and valuable part of his day.
“It’s like I’m taking five full classes,” he says. “But I can handle this schedule by carefully managing my time. My favorite time of the day is band rehearsal because I can focus on music and tune everything else out. For a few hours each day, it’s just me and my friends working together to make good music.”