Rachel, Senior, Music
I grew up in Dallas, Texas, and I’ve been singing since I was ten. When I started out I had such horrible stage fright. My parents saw something inside me and said, “Let’s just build this foundation.” They saw potential at an early age, and I’m thankful for that. I don’t know if I would’ve had the guts to do it without them. I still get stage fright before I get up there, but when I get onstage to sing, it all goes away. It’s very vulnerable. You have to let everything go in front of the crowd, and express what you’re trying to say.
A recruiter from SFUAD came to my senior show. After the performance, he walked up to me and told me to check out the university. I flew up here, and really liked the campus. I didn’t know much about Santa Fe before I visited. It’s beautiful here, and there’s art everywhere. I was looking for a college where I felt like I belonged right when I arrived. I wanted a place that felt like a good fit right away, and SFUAD was the place. I liked the people here, and loved the vibe.
R&B was my thing in high school. I loved it. When I got to SFUAD, my professor Mirabai Daniels introduced me to jazz. She taught me how to bring out a softer, more vulnerable side. It became a newfound love for me. I love being around 15 people in the class and not 40. I feel like I can’t learn with 40 people. I need to be in an environment where I feel like I can learn, and build real relationships with my professors. I’ve gotten to know my own craft a lot better here. At SFUAD’s recording studio, I work with my professors one-on-one.
I wanted a place that would help me grow, and this is it. The teachers actually interact with you in the studio, and teach you all about what you want to do. If you want to be taken seriously in the music industry, you have to know your stuff. You have to master a variety of sounds, and learn the technique of each genre. SFUAD is the place where I can focus on what I want to do. This experience has helped me explore who I am. I graduate next December, and I feel prepared. I’m ready to go out into the world.