Erica Street-Valentin, a freshman at the College of Saint Elizabeth (CSE), is looking to make a name for herself.
A native of Maple Shade, N.J., Street-Valentin initially planned on attending community college. Her family and school counselor advised her to go away to learn, and Street-Valentin agreed that this would really enhance her college experience. Upon visiting CSE, seeing the music curriculum and meeting friendly people, Street-Valentin was convinced that this was the place for her.
Now with one year under her belt, Street-Valentin said that she enjoyed the less stressful environment, the understanding professors, and the amount she learned. Street-Valentin said that her professors are extremely helpful and “that’s something I really appreciate.”
In addition to her regular coursework and being a member of the Elizabeth Singers, Street-Valentin also was invited to join the Residence Hall Council (RHC). Street-Valentin said that being at CSE helps students to grow and to be involved. Through her extracurricular activities, Street-Valentin has been able to perform at numerous college events including the recent Academic Honors Convocation and Junior Ring Ceremony.
Street-Valentin’s plans for the future include producing and performing original music. She enjoys all sorts of music, from jazz to hip hop. Street-Valentin said that she prefers smaller venues, as “you can be more interactive with the audience.” Through the guidance of her music teachers and those in her life that demonstrate perseverance amid obstacles, Street-Valentin hopes to “learn from their experiences” and model her own accomplishments.
One day, Street-Valentin hopes to perform in venues including the stages of Broadway and Carnegie Hall. She said that “since I moved away from home, there is that independent feeling” and the realization that beginning a life of her own, Street-Valentin has the potential to achieve great things.