Lexi UnderwoodMs. CooperACA-122 College SuccessPortfolio Assignment11/10/2020
Personal NarrativeI am attending Durham Tech through CCP to get my Associate in Arts degree. I think thatthrough CCP I can maximize my time in school by earning high school and college credits at thesame time, giving me a head start on my career after I graduate. CCP has also helped metremendously because I have all my counselors and advisors at Orange High and Durham Tech towalk me through any questions that I have about college and my career. I am interested in theAssociate in Arts degree because it will help me gain my general education classes, as well assome of the classes required for the bachelor’s degree that I want to get. This degree is similar tothe bachelor’s in music education, so I will know what to expect once I transfer. After I havegraduated high school and earned my degree, I plan on transferring to UNC Chapel Hill andreceiving my bachelor's degree in music educationI have been in band since the sixth grade and since then I have been able to learnmultiple instruments from various instructors. I have also gotten the experience to teach mypeers and younger students through leadership roles at the music school where I have takenlessons and in the Orange High School band. Music is so important to a community and it reallyis a gift to be able to perform and bring joy to an audience. I would like to be a high schoolmarching band director because I think that adding visual components and crowd engagementcan really bring a musical performance to a next level. Students in marching band have acompletely different type of passion than students in concert band and I prefer the thrill ofcompetitions and football games compared to performances in a concert hall. I am also interested
in being a part of the staff for a Drum Corps International band, but I would need to gain someexperience, both musically and professionally, before pursuing that.One thing that I am a little bit worried about is that I want to be a stay-at-home mom, orpreferably be able to work from home. Growing up I always thought that staying home all daywould be boring, but now I cannot imagine have to leave my kid’s side. That has made mereconsider going into this field a few times, because I do not want to spend years in school andpay for all of it and then decide to quit my jobs after teaching for only a few years. One thing thatI have recently been thinking about is how education will change because of the pandemic. Withonline public schools and homeschooling being increasingly popular, I might have a chance atbeing able to stay home and teach. Either way, music will always be a part of my life and I donot foresee anything changing that.
Career SummaryI would like to be a high school music teacher. This career involves directing ensembles,teaching private lessons or classes, and instructing people on how to play musical instruments