Why did you choose to attend Concordia?
I had never heard of Concordia until an admission rep had a table at my high school’s college fair. At the time, I was pretty confident I would be attending the University of Jamestown. However, I walked around the college fair with my friends and when I got to Concordia’s table, the woman looked at me for a moment and said, “Do you like foam weapon fighting?” The nerd in me went crazy! I grabbed all of the pamphlets and brochures and told my dad that I needed to go to Concordia. After doing some more serious research, I saw Concordia had a great music program and I haven’t looked back since.
What are your interests outside of academics?
I love to play video games and board games. Dungeons and Dragons is my number one go-to. I also love to cook and try new meals and cooking techniques.
What motivated you to add a minor in audio production and technology from Minnesota State University Moorhead?
Originally, I was majoring in music education because I wanted to be in the field of music and I didn’t see many other options. One day, my private lessons instructor introduced me to recording and audio editing, and it just made sense. I talked more about this with him and he encouraged me to take a couple of classes at MSUM. The audio production and technology program at MSUM is well-structured and has opened my eyes to what the world of music can be.
What has your experience with Tri-College been like?
The Tri-College system works extremely smoothly. I can tell that people at all colleges really care that everything comes together. For the amount of knowledge and skills that you receive by utilizing the Tri-College system, it couldn’t be any easier.
How has taking classes through Tri-College helped expand your interests and goals?
After taking classes through Tri-College, my career plans have definitely changed. Originally, I wanted to be a band teacher or maybe open up a repair shop and give music lessons. But now that I have had the chance to see more career options within music through this minor, I want to work closely with artists in a studio and help manage every side of their music-making – from gigs to records.
What advice would you give to someone who is thinking about taking courses through the Tri-College system?
Do it! It is much easier to do than it may sound. Also, it’s a great way to take advantage of all the opportunities that surround us in Fargo-Moorhead. Each college offers something that others within the system don’t. It can help to expand your area of study in specialized ways and give you that extra edge in your industry.