Lily Samudio is a sophomore at Alverno College studying Music Therapy. It is a surprise for many people to learn that Music Therapy is among the most difficult majors at Alverno. There are few people that graduate from the music therapy program in four year as it requires a student to take 17-18 credits every semester.
But Lily is determined: “I love music therapy and I am determined to graduate on as soon as I can.”
Lily’s main instrument is guitar and she is learning many other instruments to support her major. Lily also has two on-campus jobs. She works in the Admissions office where she gets to tell everyone how much she loves Alverno. She is also a community advisor in the residence hall. In addition to being a resource to the 45 students on the floor, Lily plans regular events to build a sense of comradery and connection.
Lily’s RCM mentors are Jackie Herd-Barber and Mary McCormick.
When asked about her experience in the RCM Scholarship Program Lily said:
“The scholarship program has given me a lot of support not only through my mentors but through other Rotary scholars. Other Rotary scholars, especially the seniors, support me by showing how a student who has hardships can still grow into a strong person and overcome those hardships. All of the support has helped me realize that I should never give up. When I stumble, the support of the Rotary program is there to lift me backup. I believe the connections and support will continue to help my academic success and continue to support me after graduation. The Rotary Scholarship Program is an amazing experience that will be with me for the rest of my life.”