I Love My Small School

As the end of the year approaches and graduation gets closer, I’ve been thinking a lot about what has really made my college experience great. Though I am not graduating in a little over a week, this is still my last semester on campus. I’ll be student teaching in the fall, so I won’t live here, I won’t be active in clubs or choir, I won’t be spending my days in Walter Hall in various music classes. So I feel like a graduating senior in a lot of ways.

Friends of mine who are graduating keep posting pictures of themselves with professors who have made their college experiences what they are, or pictures with themselves and Dr. Steele, our president. That’s a pretty neat thing that I don’t think happens everywhere. Graduating seniors are not just sad to leave friends and organizations and their college years- there are also role models and professors and classes and departments that have shaped them and molded them and taught them, and they’re leaving those behind, too.

One of my most powerful experiences this week was actually with our Wind Ensemble on campus. I’ve been working on a final project where I had to arrange a piece for them to play. It took countless hours and was very stressful, but this past Monday I got to print out all of the parts, and distribute them, and hear it played. It was such a fulfilling experience to hear a live ensemble play a ‘real’ piece of music….. that I created. I could never have done that four years ago, and it made me realize how much I’ve grown and developed because of my experiences here.

I will definitely miss Muskingum next year, not only for the friends I’ve made, but also for the experiences I have been able to have here.

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