By Michelle K.
University of St. Thomas Student
Since I can remember, the piano has been a part of my life, an extension of myself. Studying music has always been in my line of sight.
In my first year of college, at 19, I became a mother to the most amazing daughter. I would not have it any other way, but as motherhood took priority, my educational path detracted. As my daughter got older, I knew simply telling her college was essential could never be as meaningful as demonstrating it through my actions. As I took the leap of faith back into college in my 30s, I could not imagine declaring a major in anything but music.
Fearful thoughts that I would graduate and plunge into insurmountable financial debt consumed me.
After earning my associate degree in music at a junior college, I began seeking a suitable four-year college to finish my bachelor’s in music.
I became sold on The University of St. Thomas primarily because of the Loan Repayment Assistance Program (LRAP) they offered. I have the peace of mind that I can pursue my lifelong passion for music and make my dreams a reality.
This program has enhanced my entire collegiate experience by alleviating unnecessary financial stress. I intend to further my education and pursue a master’s in music; without this program, I may not have the confidence to do so.
LRAP is what I will be looking for as my daughter considers colleges for herself!
This story has been edited for length and clarity.