Name: Caitlin Pennington
College: Western Illinois University
Major: Music Therapy
- What first drew you to Western Illinois University?
I was first drawn to WIU when I learned about the music therapy program. I was also very interested in the Western Commitment scholarship program.
- What other colleges were you considering?
I was also considering Maryville University, Drury University, University of Missouri – Kansas City, and University of Kansas.
- How was the adjustment from high school to college?
Adjustment from high school to college was easy in some ways and more difficult in others. I was very excited for the independence that comes with living on your own, but I was not prepared for the level of independence that was expected by the professors. I also was not prepared for the amount of time that was not spent in class. Unlike high school, you may only be in class for two or three hours a day; the rest of the day is yours to spend how you want/need. Getting a planner and managing my free time wisely was imperative for my success. Getting involved on campus (but not overextending myself) was also a huge help in adjusting to college.
- What was your favorite class? Why?
My favorite class was Music Therapy Clinical Skills (even if it was at 8:00 AM). This course allowed me to learn the basics of being a clinician and offered hands-on experience in music therapy. This was the first experience I had in actually planning and executing interventions that I will be using in my career.
- What clubs or groups were you involved in?
I am involved in the Western Illinois University Singers, Madrigal Singers, and Concert Choir. I am also a member of Mu Phi Epsilon, a professional music fraternity, and the WIU Music Therapy Association. Outside of school, I sing in a church choir in Macomb.
- Anything else you want to tell us?
Buy a planner!! There is no way I would have survived if I hadn’t written everything, and I mean everything, down.
- In one sentence, what do you love about your school?
I love the opportunities that Western provides for its students; from the incredibly knowledgeable professors and advisors, to the free activities around campus, to the great scholarship program, Western provides the opportunity for all students to succeed.