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Music Therapy in the NICU


Every Wednesday morning, I get to play music for and sing to babies.  How awesome is that?!  My future career as a music therapist is going to be challenging and joyful, and I’m so very excited.  At UE, music therapy students are fortunate to get at least six semesters of practicum experience.  We learn by doing, being assigned a site in the community to observe and provide music therapy while being guided and supervised.  My final practicum before graduation is in the St. Mary’s Medical Center Neonatal Intensive Care Unit.  It has been a great experience learning the many aspects of using music therapy in the NICU and working with babies and their families. 

Something new, something old

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I don't try new things as often as I should.  But that feeling of not knowing what to expect is a high that I enjoy each time there is an opportunity.  I blogged a few months ago about "Firsts" and so many new things have happened since then, here's another look at first-time happenings!  

My Hectic April (So Far)


This past week has been absolutely crazy. Besides class, homework and work (on campus and Old Navy, thank you very much), I’ve had readings to attend, conferences at which to present, presentations to give, emails to graduate schools to send—it’s been a very “collegy” week for sure.

Senior Recital

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One of the most exciting and culminating points of a music major’s college career is her senior recital.  As I reported in a previous blog post, my original recital date of March 2 was snowed out!  I was finally able to perform on March 23, on a beautiful, sunny day.

Is this where I left my Physics homework?


College is viewed by most people that have been through it as the best 4 years (or 6 or 8 years) of their lives. Sometimes it is important to remind oneself of this, and to not get too worked up over an assignment or imminent test. Instead of studying for a physics test I have in approximately 14 hours, I'm typing this. You may look at this as procrastination, but I view it as trying to enjoy my time at college. So instead of memorizing the electromagnetic spectrum, I'm going to tell you how I spent my past weekend. (Hint: I did not spend my weekend studying.) 

3 Things I wish I would've done to prepare for college


1. Buy a smaller laptop

Five YouTube Study Breaks


When you need a study break, these five YouTube videos will provide a lot of laughter and enjoyment in only a minute or two.   Taking breaks while studying is quite healthy—and necessary—and instead of spending an hour on Netflix, try these little videos instead. :) community


Now I didn't choose to attend UE because of the weather...if I had I'd be in warm and sunny place like Texas.  I didn't choose UE because of the bustling city - seeing as I'm from the Chicago suburbs - Evansville doesn't quite compare.  I chose UE because of the academic programs offered and the opportunities for career preparation.  

Birthday Month! (The Glory of Free Things)

So, we all know a lot of college students are pressed for cash. We also know that all college students presumably are in possession of a birthday. Mine just so happens to fall in March--on March 17th, to be exact. That's right, St. Patrick's Day. If only I looked better in green.

Regardless, I like to celebrate my birthday as "birthday month." And one of the best things about birthday month is all the free stuff you can get if, like me, you sign up for just about every single rewards program under the sun (as long as it's free).

Anyway, here's my haul:

Free cupcake from local cupcakery back home, courtesy my rewards card
Free pancakes from IHOP, courtesy the IHOP rewards program
$2 on my Ounce Back card (which, sadly, I have lost) from Orange Leaf
Free sample makeup kit from Sephora
Free sample makeup kit from Ulta
Free "birthday pastry" from Panera
Free dessert (with purcahse of entree) from Chili's
A series of "happy birthday, here's 20% off" emails from everywhere, ever

Yeah, it's good to have birthday month, especially when all of your college friends are just about as broke as you are. I highly recommend taking advantage of rewards programs like these while in school, because free pastries and cupcakes make it a lot easier to do things like come back to school on your birthday, for instance, or take exams.

Why I Love UE'S Size


When I was looking at colleges, I knew that I really wanted to go to a small school. Now, I know that this choice isn’t for everyone, but for someone as introverted and intent on personal relationships as I am, the thought of going to a huge school was absolutely overwhelming. And I do not at all regret my decision. Although there are a few advantages one tends to lose when going to a big school (with the crazy amounts of funding these often have), I love UE’s relatively small, intimate size—it leads to a unique, far more personal experience than otherwise.

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