One of the best things about Northwestern is the ability to find a second family right away. I found mine in the music department within the first few weeks of the semester. One of the best ways to get to know, or simply just meet others on campus, is by getting involved in extracurriculars with those who share the same interests in you. Every day, the members of Northwestern’s A cappella Choir show up, gather around couches, talk about their days, and then begin rehearsal at 3:20. While rehearsals are taken seriously, occasional jokes or moments of laughter sneak their way in.
My favorite part about being in the A cappella and Heritage Choirs is the immense amount of support I receive if I’m struggling to sight-read new music, but an equal amount of encouragement to continuously improve. In choir I am pushed to find pitches based off other parts, memorize a large selection of songs, learn foreign languages, and better my voice each day. My involvement in a collegiate-level choir takes time and effort, but there are plenty of advantages that come with it.
My freshman year, the A cappella Choir went on tour, spending roughly 10 days and over 60 hours traveling with each other on a bus. We ventured to different states, churches, and schools around the northwest part of the United States. After spending so many hours in such close quarters with more than 40 students, I felt very close to not just a few, but almost all of my choirmates.
I also enjoy our home concerts. The two biggest performances of the year are the Homecoming Concert and our Christmas Vespers concert. People from all around the area and even family members from far away gather in watching us perform.
Finding a group that you belong in is an important part of any student’s college career. Northwestern has many options for every student. For me, that option was music. For others, it might be athletics, cheer/dance or theatre. The sense of community and belonging is evident in each extracurricular across campus.