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NAME: Kimberly Schlesinger 
CLASS YEAR: 2019
HOMETOWN: Princeton, Illinois
MAJOR: Music therapy

INVOLVEMENT ON CAMPUS: Over the years I have been involved with St. Elizabeth’s Chorale (in various council positions, including president for the past three semesters), Wartburg Student Music Therapy Association (secretary for the past two years), Best Buddies (also in various council positions), Rosenchor, Water to Thrive, Phi Eta Sigma, Alpha Chi, Tower School piano lessons teacher  

WHY DID YOU CHOOSE WARTBURG: Wartburg won me over with the music therapy program and professors who I had the opportunity to meet with during my visits. In all honesty, though, the scholarships that I was offered played a big role in helping to finalize my decision.

HOW DID YOU DECIDE ON YOUR MAJOR: During my college search I exclusively sought out schools that had accredited music therapy programs; in the United States there are only about 70 schools that offer this. I knew that I wanted to study music therapy before entering college. It felt like the right fit for me since the moment I heard of the profession, and I’ve worked hard for the past four years to stick with it.  

WHAT ARE YOUR PLANS AFTER GRADUATION: I will be completing my music therapy internship at Roman Music Therapy Services in the Boston, Mass., area starting in July.  

HOW DID WARTBURG PREPARE YOU FOR YOUR NEXT STEP: Beyond the classes and practicum experiences that I received as a student here, I was given the opportunity to overcome transitions within my major department during my time at Wartburg. This forced me to learn the advocacy skills that are necessary within my profession and to work closely with my colleagues/fellow students to make the most out of challenging circumstances  

Kim Schlesinger

WHAT WAS YOUR FAVORITE CLASS: Surprisingly, my favorite classes have not been major specific. I particularly enjoyed my World Religions class with Dr. Teresawa and my May Term Biology of the Mind class. 

WHAT WAS YOUR MOST DIFFICULT CLASS: Probably my Music Theory classes, which are much more difficult than non-music-majors usually realize. 

DID YOU COMPLETE ANY INTERNSHIPS: I worked in five different music therapy practicum placements during my time at Wartburg and will be completing a post-graduation internship beginning in July (before I am technically awarded a degree). 

DO YOU HAVE ANY MENTORS ON CAMPUS: My piano professor, Dr. Torkelson, has been the most consistent professor that I’ve had during my time as a student here, and she has truly taught me the meaning of hard work. While I never intended to be much of a performer, her encouragement and high expectations have pushed me to put a tremendous amount of time and energy into the piano music that I’ve learned over the years. Dr. Torkelson has helped me to realize the value in putting my all into the work that I do and not settling for mediocrity when I know I can do more. This is a lesson that will translate into many aspects of my life, in and out of the practice room. 

WHAT IS THE ONE THING YOU NEVER IMAGINED YOU WOULD DO BEFORE COMING TO WARTBURG: I never imagined that I’d get the opportunity to become friends with and learn from people who are from so many different parts of the world. I am so lucky to have gained a cultural perspective through the relationships that I’ve built with students from many different countries and backgrounds. 

WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE WARTBURG MEMORY: I’ve truly enjoyed participating in the Vagina Monologues, which has given me the chance to hear and also portray the important and underrepresented stories of women across the world and right here at Wartburg. 

WHAT DO YOU LIKE MOST ABOUT CAMPUS LIFE: The amazing and inspirational friends I have made and continue to make. It’s going to be so hard to leave them after graduation.

WHAT ADVICE DO YOU HAVE FOR CURRENT STUDENTS: Take time early on to reflect  and figure out what things are truly important to you. Then, make sure that you make time to include these things in your schedule. Don’t waste unnecessary time on the things that won’t make your experience worth it because pretty soon your time will be gone.