Why Did I Decide to Be a Hoosier?

The National College Decision deadline is May 1st. On April 23rd, I decided to come to IU to study music education. I was one of the only seniors in my graduating class who didn't know where they were going to school at in the fall in April. 

I auditioned at 5 schools, The Ohio State, Penn State, University of Maryland, Messiah College, and IU. I started my audition process in the beginning of January and ended it at IU on the first weekend of March. When I came and auditioned here, I had already heard back, and had been accepted, into 3 out of the 4 music schools I auditioned at. Throughout my audition, I was not expecting to get into the Jacobs School of Music (They only take a quarter of the 1600 undergraduate applicants that audition here). I thought the whole weekend about how I wouldn't get into IU for my undergrad and I would just wait to come here for grad school. But, about 3 weeks after my audition, I received a giant envelope in my mail.

So then came the hard decision. Like any other teenage girl that has a huge decision to make, I cried. I cried for about a month straight. I was one of the few people in the country to get into this program. Now, most of you are probably thinking, this girl got into one of the best music school in the country, why didn't she just commit to IU right then? The only problem is, I already sent in my down payment to Penn State. Penn State was the school I dreamed about going to since I was a little girl (like every other kid who grows up in Pennsylvania). When I got into IU, I had to decide between going to the school I dreamed about going to since I was about 7 or going to the school people dream about even getting in to. As all of my friends were planning graduation parties and sporting their university sweatshirts around my high school, I was still trying to figure out where to go. Teachers at my school kept asking me where I was going in the fall, and my response was "I don't know" and bursting into tears. I even walked into my guidance counselor's office one day and asked her where I should go to school because I literally had no idea.

It wasn't until I went to the Pennsylvania  All-State Orchestra (This was during the second-to-last week in April might I add) when I finally realized where I needed to be for the next four years of my life. After talking to one of my high school role models, I realized that I needed to come to IU. He told me, "Not everyone gets into a school like that. You need to go there Em and show everyone here how amazing and talented you really are." So, after a month of tears and sleepless nights, I decided to come to IU, and it was one of the best decisions I have ever made. I couldn't see myself at any other school in the country and I can honestly say I am one Happy Little Hoosier!

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