What is your idea of perfect happiness?
My idea of perfect happiness is being content with myself, having opportunities to teach music, being surrounded by friends and family, and being with my fiancée. If I am lucky enough to have all those things, I could not ask for much more!
What is your greatest fear?
I think my greatest fear is losing myself and my place in the world. I never want to forget my values as a person and as a teacher because my family, friends, and my passion for music are the most important things to me. If I ever changed and became a worse version of myself, that would truly scare me.
What trait do you like least about yourself?
I don’t like that sometimes I take on too many tasks and end up a bit overwhelmed in school. I try to do as much as possible and seize opportunities, but sometimes I end up with too much on my plate because I didn’t want to say no.
Which historical figure do you most identify with?
I would say John Lennon. I’m also a guitarist and songwriter and a lot of my songs are of love or fighting for what you believe in.
Who is someone you’ve met at Indiana State you’ll remember the rest of your life?
I have made many friends here at ISU, but one person I’ll never forget is my best friend Karissa. She has always been there for me and I’ve been able to trust her with everything. We’re both music majors so she understands how much hard work it takes and we like to distress together over coffee and food.
Which talent would you most like to have?
I wish that I had a better singing voice. I can sing a little bit, but if I had a really special voice, I could possibly make it big in the music industry. I already play several instruments, but I just don’t have a one-of-a-kind voice to help me stand out.
What do you consider your greatest achievement?
I think my greatest achievement is coming to ISU to pursue my dream of being a music teacher. I left my hometown and moved three hours away to study music and get my degree, and it has been the most challenging part of my life thus far. The workload is very heavy and intense in this major, and I am very close to finishing what has seemed to be an impossible degree at some points. Now, I have worked my way up as a student, as a musician, as an instructor, and as a professional. I have a job with the Community School of the Arts, my own office, students that I teach privately, and two classes I teach. It is a great achievement that I couldn’t be more thrilled to be part of.
If you were to die and come back as a person or thing, what do you think it would be?
Honestly, I’ve never really thought about this before! I would probably come back as Josh Dun, the drummer for Twenty One Pilots. He would be someone that I wish I could trade lives with. I really admire him and what the band stands for.
What do people notice first about you?
Most people notice my eyes when they first meet me. They are a bright hazel color and they stand out.
What does BLUE mean to you?
Personally, I have a lot of pride in my school. This place has been the setting of so many wonderful memories and things I will never forget. I will always Bleed Blue and support this school in everything it does. BLUE means pride in the Sycamore campus, the faculty and staff, and the students that go here and work hard to chase their dreams.