Friday Afternoon OpporTUNEity® Student Reflection: Alexis Phillips
Alexis Phillips, Senior, Music Education
When I look back on my time as an undergraduate at Anna Maria College, there are two things that strike me as being the most unforgettable. The first being my progress in my piano skills and the second is OpporTUNEity®. I will never forget the day Dr. Martiros called us in to discuss her program that she wanted to start with us as the Junior class. I thought back to the time when I was in elementary school. I thought about how I would have loved this program as someone who came from a low income home as well.
Well, working with these students was no easy task, but they are the best thing to ever happen to me. These students came into my life when I just started in the field of my Pre-Practicum for my Music Education degree, and I was excited to share all the knowledge I had for them. They brought teaching to a whole new level for me and brought out the best in me. I do not just see students in a program, I see our future in their eyes. The passion these students have is outstanding but they are sometimes looked at differently or they are often given up on.
I feel as if I am one of them. We share many common things like the love for music and the willingness to sing. But we are also common in the sense that people tend to give up on us, doubt us, think that we are just delinquents and going nowhere in life. You may never guess looking at me now, but I come from a place where I was often seen as someone who could not be successful because my family was poor, or was often looked at as the other girl who had a broken home. I often feel as if we are giving these students restorative justice by giving them a place where they belong, a place where we will never give up on them.
I am so thankful for these kids I get to work with. They are truly what makes teaching music the most rewarding job. Thank you to my other instructors, Dr. M, and the kids.
I love you all.