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Ashley Liebel, Watford City, N.D.
Music Education Major

An Unexpected Honors Trip

I chose Minot State University because it is close to home, and I wanted to continue studying voice with vocal teacher DeVera Bowles. Thus, I became a music education major. After receiving a letter from the director of the Honors Program, I sent in my application. I am pretty ambitious when it comes to my education, and I knew that being a part of the Honors Program would provide me with unique experiences I couldn't get anywhere else.

I didn't, however, expect a trip to San Antonio for the National Collegiate Honors Conference as one of those experiences. Lynne Rumney, the Honors Program director, selected me to attend the conference with her, as she chooses someone every year to go. While there, I sang in a master class with musicians from various other schools in the United States. It was rewarding and educational to hear what other students from across the U.S. are doing in my field. I also attended several student presentations on a variety of topics. I participated in a City as Text™ tour which gave me the opportunity to explore the culture of San Antonio and do a little sightseeing. Rumney and I saw the Alamo, which was across the street from our hotel, and we attended the San Antonio Symphony concert and were blown away. I also got to see the Spanish Governor's Palace and the River Walk. It was an absolutely amazing trip, and I am so glad that I was given the opportunity to experience it.