What is your idea of perfect happiness?
My idea of perfect happiness is living life to the absolute fullest with little regret. There is so much to fulfill within this short life we have — though it may seem long at times. Happiness is loving life and loving what you do.
What is your greatest fear?
I have two fears that occur in my life. The first one is kind of silly, but it is so true for me. Birds are my absolute first fear. I have had awful experiences that I could write an entire book on. I am terrified of birds. The second fear in my life is letting down all of the people who have guided me through life. I want to make an impact on my family, teachers, professors, church family and friends. I would never want to let them down or disappoint them in the slightest.
What trait do you like least about yourself?
The trait that I like least about myself is the fact that I am sometimes too much of a people pleaser. I want to impress everyone I meet, and when something is not absolutely perfect, I tend to stress out to an extent. I am slowly learning, day by day, that I cannot please everyone who crosses my path in life. It will never happen. If I constantly try to impress everyone, I will be disappointed in myself, which will cause sadness within myself. I need to remember that it is not important to be perfect.
Which historical figure do you most identify with?
The historical figure who I relate to the most is Ella Fitzgerald. One of my favorite quotes that I try to live by is from her: “Just don’t give up trying to do what you really want to do. Where there is love and inspiration, I don’t think you can go wrong.”
Who is someone you’ve met at Indiana State you’ll remember the rest of your life?
Dr. Colleen M. Davis is someone who I will never ever forget for the rest of my entire life. She is my private voice instructor here on campus. She has not only been my voice coach, but also she has been there through every step of the way of my career. She guides me when I am succeeding and helps me when I need someone in the most trying times of my college career. I will strive to be like her every single day of my life. She has been the perfect example of what a true educator should look like.
Which talent would you most like to have?
I am not sure if this is a talent or not, but I wish I had more self-control throughout my life regarding food. I absolutely love food, and I am always so tempted to eat things I should not. My self-control habits need to be stronger, and I wish that was one aspect of myself that I had.
What do you consider your greatest achievement?
My greatest achievement so far is making and sharing beautiful music with friends, family and colleagues. While making music, I am able to educate students of all ages on the power of music in one’s life.
If you were to die and come back as a person or thing, what do you think it would be?
If I came back as a person or a thing, I would come back as a bird. I think that I could overcome my fear and not be afraid of birds anymore.
What do people notice first about you?
My big smile — I am normally a very cheerful person (most of the time). I love making people happy and in good moods, and a smile on my face is a great start for other people.
What does BLUE mean to you?
Blue means the success that I am achieving here at State. Blue is sharing the experiences of my college career with my friends and family and future career. Blue has given me a plethora of opportunities within not only the music department, but also throughout campus. I will be forever thankful for Blue.