Junior and senior year of high school can be a bit tough when it comes to thinking about all of the different possibilities for college. I know when I was going through the process, I believed that I had to have my mind set on my major, and stick to it; especially since I was applying for scholarships in my desired major, Vocal Performance. I really wish someone had told me that I should keep my mind and options open to involvement in other activities and even other majors. When I came to Butler, the sense of community here gave me much incentive to get involved in that community. I gained many new interests such as the business of music and service work, to name a few. These interests led me to decide to change my major to Arts Administration Music.
This experience is the reason that I want to share this advice with others: you are not bound to one degree, and it is wise to diversify your interests and take classes in multiple colleges. Even if you have a scholarship for your college, there are ways to work it out. I would even suggest asking questions about things outside of the college you plan on applying to. I believe in a well-rounded, diverse, and cultured education, and using experiences to build character and perspective. My involvements in various disciplines at Butler has prepared me to handle a multitude of situations and given me an edge in the job market.
The last bit of guidance I want to give is that going to college is a time to roam outside of your comfort zone. I have benefited greatly from doing this and diving into everything I do, head first. Expect to meet an array of people with different backgrounds and stories. I advise to indulge in getting to know these people, and make relationships whenever you can. On student guided tours at colleges you are applying to, get to know the tour guide or any other students you meet. Ask them what they have learned by attending their respective university that they never expected to learn. You will gain more insight about the university this way than any website, book, or statistics. With that said, we look forward to seeing you on campus soon!
Butler University ’14
Arts Administration Music Major
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