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Brooke, OrganHometown: Verona, Wis., and Bellevue, Iowa

Major: Music and media studies double major

Why she chose Beloit: I was already familiar with Beloit because my brother (Matt Kahl’13) goes here. I got used to the campus, and I liked the idea of a small campus because I wanted the kind of relationship with professors where they cared about how you do in school.

What she loves about performing: I like the challenge of starting to perform in front of an audience−I'm usually really calm, but right before a performance I get a real big rush. When I start, it's kind of like everything goes away. It's a huge adrenaline rush, and it's awesome.

How her major advisor Susan Rice, an assistant professor of music, has made her dreams a reality: I'm passionate about music. I started playing piano when I was 6, and over the years I added the pipe organ and voice. Susan and I wanted to make something out of my experiences already and my goals for the future. I'm really involved in my church and I really want to conduct choir and teach music, and she's really helped me adapt the major to my needs for my specific goal of working for my church. Susan is helping me put together a choir so I can conduct it for my senior performance. And that's my dream. She's taking my dream and making it realistic for me by my senior year.

On already having her dream job: I've always had a thing for videography. I took a class Brooke, Videoin high school that taught you how to use a camera, do lighting and sound, and use editing software. When I came here and found out that there is a broadcast production class I kind of freaked out. When I took broadcast production, I had a blast, and I worked so much. My professor liked my work and recommended me to Jason Hughes and Melissa Dix in Communications & Marketing (a department at Beloit College), and they hired me. I was really excited. I always had a passion for it, but I didn't think I'd be able to do anything in college. I love it. I can't imagine myself working anywhere else on campus. I'm actually doing the things I want to do in the future.

On practicing her faith at Beloit: Growing up, I was always surrounded by Christians. Coming here, at first it was a shock, and I kept it to myself. But there were people who were curious about my faith and approached me about it. That's what I love about Beloit; since everybody has so many views that are different from my own, I can understand where other people are coming from. Obviously people have their own beliefs, and I don't judge anybody for their beliefs just like I hope nobody judges me for mine. The fact that I can hear other people's perspectives and where they're coming from and why they do or don't agree with me is actually really helpful−definitely more helpful being placed in this environment than an environment where everybody is the same.