[MUSIC]. My favorite part is that, Berklee has a, large pool of musicians, that you can work with. It never happens in. Anywhere, other then Berkley you can feel that, you are not actually only a student, you and your teacher your learning from each other. >> Honestly I've never been in, a proper college atmosphere before and I'm someone who watches a lot of movies, so I was, a little freaked out because I thought it might be like the Mean Girls it was. Amazing because there was this atmosphere, of music. And, everyone was so welcoming and nice to me that I felt like I truly belonged here. And, some of the most memorable experiences that I have honestly had was that I am company manager for musical theater club. And we just put Footloose and I staged managed it. And, to be there, to be running a show and doing all these things that you really love doing and hope to do some day at college, is amazing because you have all these experience. You meet all these amazing, people. >> One of the best parts of Berklee for me has been, the fact that there are so many international students [MUSIC]. I've really enjoyed right from the get go getting to Berklee, and going to you know, hang with friends or whatever on the weekends and meeting, you know, being like one of like five Americans out of like 25 people that are there and just talking to them and hearing about all their perceptions of. America, like it's just great to get that, that perspective, cause I hadn't been exposed to that, directly before. So that was really cool, and then of course, with that comes all of their artistic influences, that are completely different from mine. As someone who does eventually aspire to go in to music education, I know that's really going to be beneficial, for me and for my students, my future students for me to have been exposed to all this different stuff, and. And just getting used to talking to people and people with different accents, and you like, figure out you know just like trying to communicate with people I don't know I'm a huge expert so that was great for me I think I thought that was a great experience it's 70% 70% associate professors so their part time teachers because the rest of the time they aren't teaching their doing the real deal and so what that means is if you are on top of your stuff, you do a good job in class, and your ensemble, your teacher also has a band or two outside of school, they're just like there to pick you up. Especially with you start getting your later semesters, the teachers know you are starting to, try getting out in the field and they will start picking you up. For gigs. >> My first week was, overwhelming. [LAUGH] In a good way though. I remember coming here. And we got scheduled. And everything was, was to do. And then there was, just hearing everyone play. I was, like, Wow! This is, kind of good! [LAUGH] And I started doing the whole, Am I really supposed to be here? I remember there was this jam, session. The first week. And I was just, I'll just go there and listen. It's going to be, a cool experience. And then I got there, and people were saying it was like, wow, no. These are not students. These are, like, young professors just coming here to intimidate us. But no they were students, [LAUGH] and they were really amazing. It was, also motivating because, I guess, you can take it two ways. First, one way was like, oh I don't want to be here these people are amazing, I want to go home. But, then it can also be like, I want to learn, I want to like, get better, and hear myself as I hear those people. >> Being at Berkley really helped. Me, at least redefine, what being an artist meant. There's just as much artistry involved in, engineering conducting you know the CWP majors or designing, designing synthesizers. There's just as much artistry in that, as there is in Singing in front of a crowd or, playing piano so in that sense it, it's just very inspiring for me. To be able to be around so many, so many people that, you know, that have so many different niche talents. But their goal is all centered around the same thing, which this love, for music. so. You know four years, being at Berkeley around people like that is just incredibly inspiring. You could come in as a, as a metal head, or you could come in as, as a, as a composer and there's going to be,there's going to be some, some small community at Berkeley that's going to be welcoming, [COUGH] that person with open arms. You know, I came into Berkeley initially. Thinking that I wanted to be a piano, performance principle or major rather. You know it wasn't until I got involved in some ensemble and started working with some, some woodwind groups and some strings that I, I really realized that you know, my, my talent lied more in arranging and and production management. >> And so, just putting myself in those, in those situations, really made me the, a more well rounded musician.