Music has always been a huge part of my life. I started playing the piano when I was 4, and ever since that has been the main instrument. From 5th to 12th grade, I was a member of my school’s orchestra as a violinist, and it became a huge part of my high school career. I had devoted so much time and effort to music in high school, and I was not ready to let it go so easily when I transitioned to college. However once in college, I realized it was hard to find an orchestra/band that catered towards the engineering academic schedule, which can become demanding at times. I am a strong believer that music can be an outlet to relax and also express yourself creatively and not be another source of stress. This is why I wanted to create a space that would emphasize this principle and value.
Rutgers has nearly every club and extra-curricular activity that you can think of, so if something by chance doesn’t exist, you can make it happen! Being a part of such a large school means you are bound to find others with the same interests as you. You also have a ton of resources to be able to start your own club on campus. I decided to start up my own music group with some of my closest friends within the Engineering Honors Academy. That way, we would be able to arrange timings for rehearsals that work best for us and gave us full freedom to choose the music that we want to play. Despite popular opinion, engineering students can be musicians too!
-Madara BME ‘20