Hometown: Montpelier, Vt. Majors: Psychology and Music
Julie Curran hasn’t been in the Honors Program for very long, having only joined at the start of her second semester, but it is definitely where she belongs. Even in high school she was one to max out the number of classes she was taking with a hefty helping of extracurricular activities on the side.
“I love to learn,” she said. “I hate thinking that there are things I don’t know. I took a ton of credits every year in high school. I played basketball for four years, I played field hockey for a year, I was in some musicals, and I was in choruses outside of school.”
She even ran for Miss Vermont the summer after her senior year.
“It’s actually a great program and people will knock it because it’s a pageant, but Miss America is the largest provider of scholarship funds to women in the world.”
Her honors experience so far has served to feed her desire for knowledge.
“It seems like everyone really wants to be there. Everyone is really engaged, which just makes for a great atmosphere in the class.”
Even with 20 credits on her plate, however, she would not describe her honors course as unmanageable.
“Because it’s a discussion-based class there isn’t too much work to do outside of class, so I think it’s definitely doable. If people are thinking that just because it’s an honors course they’re going to have to do so much more homework than everyone else, that’s not really the case in my experience,” she said.
Although Curran is interested in a whole range of subjects, she is studying specifically to be a music therapist.
“You have to get a degree specifically in music therapy to be a music therapist, which is only offered at select schools, but you can get a fluency degree where you take most of the music and psychology classes beforehand and then you can make it to a master’s degree taking the remaining specific music therapy courses,” she explained.
Curran is never idle for long, even when she is not doing schoolwork. She likes to write music and play guitar and piano, and she is a member of Bonacoustics, the school’s a capella group. In true music major fashion, the app that gets the most usage on her phone is Pandora Radio. She can also be found running on the recreation trail that winds through campus when the weather is kind or hanging out in her friends’ rooms and telling them about her day.
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