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Vincent from Pennsylvania

Age: 17

How will going to college help you achieve your dreams and goals?
To thrive in my chosen field, music technology/industry, I must acquire many skills. I have to be fluent in music theory and performance, develop a working knowledge of economics and business, as well as learn technology and engineering skills. The arts, business, and science worlds are not mutually exclusive in my field of study. They co-exist and attending college will allow me to understand the specifics of how they support and build on each other. College is the only place that I can acquire the vast range of knowledge and skills needed to be successful in the constantly changing music business.

Explain who/what in your life has inspired you to go to college.
During my freshman year in high school, I was convinced I would become a music education major because of how much of an impact my choir teacher Mr. K had on me. Attending college for music was and still is a no-brainer because Mr. K showed me how much music can enhance the lives of others. However, I shifted my major from music education to music technology in the last couple years because I thrive on the creative process, entrepreneurship, and love of technology.

Explain your biggest obstacle to overcome in making college happen and what you're doing to help overcome it.
Like most students, my biggest obstacle in attending college it the astronomically high tuition costs. It doesn't help that my top college choice charges music majors $42,000 annual tuition plus room and board. To combat this, I am applying for as many scholarships I can find. Whether it be writing an essay or making a music video, (like this one) nothing is too much effort to significantly reduce the cost of tuition. Another way I plan to reduce the cost of college tuition is is continuing to work and save money. Over the past three summers, I worked full time as a lifeguard at the public pool and over the winter I shovel snow for my neighbors. Over time, my savings account has accumulated a decent amount of money that will be used for college.