Faculty played a huge role in shaping me

NAME: Scott Eiklenborg
CLASS YEAR: 2019
HOMETOWN: Aplington, Iowa
MAJOR: Percussion performance

INVOLVEMENT ON CAMPUS: Wartburg Drumline President, Wind Ensemble, Hope Overflow, Knightliters Jazz Band, handbells, Wartburg Community Symphony Orchestra, Revolution Indoor Percussion

WHY DID YOU CHOOSE WARTBURG: When I was looking into schools, Wartburg was on my list. I came to the Wartburg Honor Band in high school all four years and really enjoyed that. My band director in middle school was actually the president of the Wartburg Wind Ensemble at one time, and he mentioned it to me while I was still in middle school. When the time actually came to pick out a school, Wartburg continued to stand out amongst the rest of the schools that I was looking at because of the environment and atmosphere that came with it. It is crazy to think how welcoming everyone is and how it is possible to have a large impact on campus by being active and involved. I have loved how campus is always a place where I have felt welcomed and encouraged.

HOW DID YOU DECIDE ON YOUR MAJOR: I actually decided to be a professional drummer in fifth grade. I told my mom. “I am going to be a professional drummer.” She kinda chuckled. I eventually proved to her that it is possible! I think the idea of performing on a stage in front of thousands of people is exhilarating. Being famous would be kinda fun too. 

Scott Eiklenborg

HOW DID WARTBURG PREPARE YOU FOR YOUR NEXT STEP: The faculty who have directly contributed to my success had a huge role in shaping me the way I am. My adviser, Dr. Craig Hancock, always encouraged me to think outside the box and to never settle. Because of this, I am always trying to think, “How can this be better?” instead of “It is good enough.”

WHAT WAS YOUR FAVORITE CLASS: My favorite class was Music Theory III with Dr. Karen Black. I always enjoyed theory. I had been composing music for quite some time, and it was cool to learn more tools, tricks, and techniques to improve my compositions and to have a better understanding of music. Other close seconds were the Composition class and the Song Writing classes I took that were not in the core curriculum.

WHAT WAS YOUR MOST DIFFICULT CLASS: Personally, my hardest class was IS201 Living in a Diverse World: Political Terrorism, with Dr. Bret Billet. It was so challenging due to my complete lack of prior understanding on the topic and that the topic is so complex.

WHO WAS YOUR MENTOR: Dr. Hancock has been there for me through the thick and thin of college and has helped me in getting several opportunities when he did not need to. 

WHAT IS THE ONE THING YOU NEVER IMAGINED YOU WOULD DO BEFORE COMING TO WARTBURG: I never imagined being a part of a group that I could rely on and call family. This group for me was the Wartburg Wind Ensemble.

WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE WARTBURG MEMORY: My favorite Wartburg memory was in Reykjavik, Iceland. The night before the conclusion of the 2016 Wind Ensemble European Tour, a couple of friends and I had plans to write a song in Europe. We wanted to find a good location to do that, so we wandered around the capital city until 4 a.m. The sun started to rise around 2 a.m. that day. We did not end up writing a song together, but we explored the city, checked out the Hallgrimskirkja (a cathedral), and ultimately had a memorable last night before the return to normalcy.

WHAT DO YOU LIKE MOST ABOUT CAMPUS LIFE: I like how convenient most things are. If you need something, it is most likely five minutes away or less if you need something on campus.

WHAT ADVICE DO YOU HAVE FOR CURRENT STUDENTS: Your worth is not determined by how much you take but by how much you give.

WHERE DO YOU SEE YOURSELF IN FIVE YEARS: I want to live a life of purpose. I want to be on a stage in front of people delivering a powerful message. I hope to make a large impact, and music is a great tool for that. I hope to inspire others to be better people as well and to be living evidence that if you work hard enough, you can achieve what you dream for.

WHY WAS WARTBURG WORTH IT: The biggest thing for me is the relationships with faculty. It’s really hard to have an environment like what we have at Wartburg. I never felt like I was a number, always a person that mattered to others. It’s been an incredible journey, and I give all of the glory to God.