May 02, 2016
Melissa Lee '14
Melissa Lee '14 is currently finishing up a master's degree in piano performance and pedagogy at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. In addition to her regular course load, Lee has a graduate assistantship, teaching group piano classes to undergraduate music majors.
When I told people that I was a double major in accounting and music, they were often perplexed by the combination. Most people think the fields are vastly different, but surprisingly, there are similarities. Both are universal languages—one is the language of business and the other a language of self-expression, and together they utilize both sides of my brain.
Taking on the responsibilities of a double major meant double the workload! I had a very packed schedule filled with classes, meetings, lessons and rehearsals. Of course, I also set time aside for doing homework, studying and practicing. The key to managing such a busy schedule is having good time management and making use of my time efficiently. I always made sure I still had time to talk and eat meals with my friends, and be involved in extracurricular activities.
I found that, in general, the faculty was more than willing to invest in my education and look out for my wellbeing and academic success. The class sizes were small enough for each professor to know you not only by name, but also by character and personality. They were always available to talk, and they had many professional connections that were helpful in networking or obtaining outside work experience.
My undergraduate studies at Susquehanna prepared me well for my graduate studies by equipping me with essential skills in critical thinking, networking, leadership, teamwork, communication and teaching. Although I am pursuing an advanced degree in music, my business skills have set me apart from my music colleagues in that I am more business-savvy and tend to think entrepreneurially, especially as I make plans to open a private teaching studio in the near future.