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Student Spotlight: Mia Stevens

For many people, drones are the things of sci-fi movies and top-secret operations. For Mia Stevens, they are part of her daily routine.

Beating Impostor Syndrome (Or At Least Dealing With It): One Grad Student’s Experience

It’s my very first week of grad school. I’m sitting in the Rackham Auditorium for one of a seemingly endless series of orientation talks and wondering how I got here. Two years prior to moving to Ann Arbor to start my Ph.D. I was answering questions about what I would do after college with “I don’t know what I am going to do, but I’m not going to grad school.” And yet - only a few months after obtaining my undergraduate degree, I find myself sitting in a room full of fellow incoming grad students. It’s in this setting that I hear the words for the first time: impostor syndrome. I’ve never put this name to it before, but the description sounds familiar.


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Student Spotlight: Melissa Coppola

Melissa Coppola is bringing classical music to life, not only for those who already love it, but for those who have yet to experience it. According to the National Endowment for the Arts, classical music attendance has decreased rapidly over the last ten years, and Melissa thinks making it more interactive could help. “By presenting music in thought-provoking ways like adding visuals and other interesting elements and media, we can bridge that gap,” she explains. She is no stranger to this concept, as her master’s thesis was a piano piece accompanied by a video shot from inside the piano as she played. “Live performances like piano recitals can be intimidating. Interactive material or sharing on social media so people know what to expect can make audience members more comfortable.”

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