Finding time for fun

NAME: Ellie Roquet 

CLASS YEAR: 2021

HOMETOWN: Johnston

MAJOR: Music education

CAMPUS INVOLVEMENT: Wartburg Choir, Track & Field, Orientation Staff, Dance Marathon, Best Buddies, Admissions ambassador, Fellowship of Christian Athletes

WHY DID YOU CHOOSE WARTBURG: Both of my parents went to Wartburg, but they didn’t pressure me to come here at all. I came to a few athletic camps in middle school and thought the campus was cool. Then I realized I wanted to run track and do music and Wartburg was the best of both worlds. Wartburg was willing to work with my schedule and allow me to be able to do everything I want to do. I was one of the first ones to deposit in August, just ready to apply and get here.

Ellie Roquet

WHO IS YOUR MENTOR AT WARTBURG: I would say I have two. The whole track family creates a great atmosphere, so if you need anything you can feel comfortable talking to them. Todd Coleman has also taken me under his wing and pushed me to try new things.

WHAT IS THE ONE THING YOU NEVER IMAGINED YOU WOULD DO BEFORE COMING TO WARTBURG: I had a lot of expectations for myself coming into college,  and I thought I would be super stressed trying to balance everything. Really, I think I have more time than I thought I would so I’ve gotten involved and get to go to ETK events, have fun, and allow myself time for brain-breaks. 

WHY DID YOU CHOOSE MUSIC EDUCATION: In high school I really liked choir. My director really inspired me to go into music, and I knew I had to do something with people – I can’t sit at a desk all day and be isolated. I enjoy teaching, and I helped with camps in high school, which really drew me to the field. Music is really different from anything else because it allows you a way to express how you feel and emotions if you can’t put them into words. It gives people an outlet and, as a future choir director and whether I have students in my class who love music or not, it’s a way for them to show their passions. I’m inspired by it and think I can inspire others with it.

WHAT HAS BEEN THE MOST CHALLENGING THING ABOUT YOUR MAJOR: Probably just balancing it because there are a lot of education courses but also music courses. When I say I major in music education, I’m double majoring in music and education, and I am minoring in piano as well. I feel like it’s a lot more than what it sounds like, so balancing the classes, choir, and practices with it is challenging sometimes.

WHAT DO YOU WANT TO DO AFTER GRADUATION: If I decide I want to be an admissions counselor and there was a position open at Wartburg right after graduation, I would love to do that. Otherwise I would love to start teaching right away. I just want to teach, inspire, and really make connections with people. I would love to stay in the Midwest. I know that Iowa, Minnesota, and Missouri have the best schools in the nation so I would like to be in one of those places, but I know it would be eye-opening to teach down South for a little bit. I’m just seeing where life takes me.

WHY IS WARTBURG WORTH IT: Wartburg is worth it because of the experiences – the welcoming experience, the mentors, the food, Outfly. Everything put together gives you so many opportunities and Wartburg is willing to make it all work for you.