Morristown, N.J. (April 18, 2016) – Business major and music minor Erica Street-Valentin, '16, sings CSE's praises as she acknowledges how her close relationship with her music professors help her open up and succeed inside and outside of the classroom.
"I love that my professors really connect with us," Erica said. "We can really open up with them and they can really open up with us."
Erica explained that her small class sizes foster mentorship between her and her professors; she can go to them any time.
The Maple Shade, N.J., native has always loved music. Her love for singing, in particular, came from her father singing to her as a child. Now, she has a vocal concentration in the minor, and she can play piano.
CSE gives her ample opportunity to sing and perform. Erica sang for many campus events, such as the Baccalaureate Mass for graduation, the Annual Scholarship Gala and the Mass for the induction of current CSE President, Dr. Helen J. Streubert.
Erica's guidance counselor from Maple Shade High School encouraged her to attend a four-year college, and CSE's music program attracted her.
"The curriculum is so original with great opportunities," she said.
To supplement her minor, Erica takes some music classes at Drew University. All CSE students have the opportunity to cross-register between Drew and Farleigh Dickinson Universities, two of the College's neighboring schools.
Erica is currently preparing for next semester's Minor Recital. She is required to perform eight songs in four languages from four genres and four time-periods. "I'm up for the challenge," she said.
"The program teaches me how to understand music on a different level. The theory, history and performance classes help me understand where music comes from and how it affects people."
Along with her involvement in the music program, Erica is an active participant in the CSE community. She is a member of the business and art clubs, and she is a student worker for the Maloney Art Gallery.
"CSE builds character," she said, "It is a good community that helped me grow."
After graduating December 2016, Erica wants to become a performer or a music producer. She explains, "I want to use music to make others feel happy."