Dec. 8, 2014
Win will study abroad in concordance with the Danish Institute for Study Abroad. With the help of Stacey Shimizu, director of the International Office, Win was able to find a program for which she could pursue both music and positive psychology, a branch of psychology that uses scientific understanding and intervention in the study of happiness.
“I cannot wait to be surrounded by and learn from all the talented individuals that study at RDAM,” she said. “I think music is unique because it is a universal language, and I cannot wait to see how studying voice at RDAM influences my perspectives on music.”
Located in Copenhagen, RDAM was founded in 1867 and is the oldest and largest music academy in Denmark. The majority of RDAM courses are aimed at performance at the highest level.
At Illinois Wesleyan, Win is a co-founding president of the IWU Happy Club, an organization dedicated to promoting happiness throughout campus. She sings in Collegiate Choir and IWU Vocal Jazz, and plays piano for the improvisation troupe Jm7*. Win has also served as secretary for Kappa Delta sorority and for IWU’s chapter of Delta Omicron, international music fraternity.
After graduation, Win plans to obtain a graduate degree in occupational therapy. “I would like to use the arts, specifically music, as a method for clients to successfully complete therapy exercises,” she said.
“I mostly hope to embark on an adventure of a lifetime that challenges my current outlooks about the world and makes me a more well-rounded musician and person,” Win added.
By Tia Patsavas ’16