Katie Flory '20

Majors: Music (Liberal Arts emphasis) and Biology

What made you choose these majors?

Music has always been a passion of mine since a young age. I have enjoyed learning and participating in a variety of instrumental groups while collaborating with other musicians, and wanted to continue this involvement at the college level. In addition, the biological sciences have intrigued me. Instead of narrowing my choices to one major, Carroll provided me the opportunity to double major.

How has what you've learned far prepared you for your future?

Carroll has afforded me the opportunity to perform with a variety of musical groups, in addition to some paid experiences. I have played with a chamber group, orchestra, jazz and wind ensemble. Carroll's biology program has provided me an opportunity to write research, present, and work with state of the art equipment. I was able to study at the Audubon Center of the North Woods where I researched predatory ecology. My education has been very diverse.

What opportunities have you had to work closely with a faculty member and what impact has that had on your education?

Forming relationships with professors was key to my decision in attending Carroll University. I wanted to be more than a 'number.' It was important for me to know that my professors knew both my name and face; I feel that connection at Carroll. I work closely with all my professors and appreciate their regular encouragement. I believe that my professors have my best interest in mind and want me to be successful.

What's one unique experience you've had relating to the coursework for your major?

I appreciated playing piano for the President's Holiday Luncheon. I was able to play background music and enjoyed hearing people sing along with the holiday songs. During the winterim, I researched predatory ecology in northern Minnesota, this included hiking and skiing 6–9 miles per day. This was a suggestion made by my advisor, Professor Todd Levine. This experience has helped to kindle my interest in conservation.

How has Carroll enriched your growth as a person outside of the skills you're learning in the classroom?

I originally wanted to double major in music and biology. The music liberal arts major has made this possible, along with dedicated advisors.

Why did you choose to attend Carroll University?

I was impressed with how the professors and college students communicated with each other during my music auditions. I feel challenged in my classes. Carroll provides a strong education along with the support system to get additional tutoring if necessary. The location is perfect and the campus compact.

Is there anything else you'd like to share about your experience at Carroll University?

My suggestion to prospective students is to talk with your professors and ask questions; they are more than willing to help.

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