And through their photos, meet a sixth: Andreas Baum, ’12, the talented student photographer who took these pictures for us.
EDUCATION: Johns Hopkins University, BA in International Relations, concentration East Asian Studies, with honors (2007) WORK EXPERIENCE: Asian LAW SCHOOL ACTIVITIES: University of Chicago Law Review, Immigrant Child Advocacy Project Clinic, APALSA, Admissions Committee, Law School Film Festival I fell in love for the first time when I was four.
Our students show us a great deal more in their applications than just academics—and we care about a lot more than their numbers.
In these pages, meet five of our students in the way we first met them: through the personal statements they wrote for their law school applications.
Songs can be rewritten and reinterpreted as situation permits, but missteps are obvious because the fundamental laws of music and harmony do not change.
Although my formal music education ended when I entered college, the lessons I have learned over the years have remained close and relevant to my life.I hit each staccato note crisply and played each crescendo and every decrescendo dutifully.I performed the piece triumphantly for my teacher and lifted my hands with a flourish as I finished.The music director gave me a binder full of 1-2-3 sheet music, in which melodies are written as numbers instead of as notes on a music staff.To make things a bit more interesting for myself—and for the congregation—I took to experimenting, pairing the written melodies with chords and harmonies of my own creation.Practice was no longer a chore; it was a privilege and a delight.In high school, I began playing the piano for church services.The basic melody and musical key, however, remained the same, even as the embellishments changed.The foundation of good improvisation and songwriting is simple: understanding the musical key in which a song is played—knowing the scale, the chords, the harmonies, and how well (or unwell) they work together—is essential.Instead of clapping, however, my teacher gave me a serious look and took both my hands in hers.“Music,” she said sincerely, “is not just technique. It comes from the heart.” That was how I discovered passion.