Natalie Pozzetti '13 of Portland, Conn., was hesitant at first about her decision to major in arts management. But, after she took an "Intro to Arts Management" class upon her arrival to campus, she "fell in love" with the field.
That first semester proved transformative for Pozzetti: A course centered on music composition led her to become "truly artistically passionate for the first time," as she realized how much she loved to write music.
Unable to decide between arts management and music, she settled upon a double major in arts management and Fine and Performing Arts, with a concentration in music.
"Arts are such a universal language," Pozzetti explained. "I feel like I can communicate with anyone through my work. I like incorporating pure, raw emotion whether I am writing poetry, singing, writing music, drawing, or acting. Those are all of my artistic loves. Being able to communicate an important message to the world means everything to me."
Pozzetti said she's gained much insight at MCLA.
"Although the arts are extremely important, knowing skills such as marketing and grant writing is invaluable," she said. "Professor [Michael] Dilthey helped me discover my love for composing, but the many arts management and business professors I have had will help me be successful if I choose to become a composer."
When she's not studying, in class or creating art, Pozzetti works as a private lessons instructor of children interested in voice and music.
"My students are very young beginners, for the most part," she explained. "I have one student who cannot yet read a book, but can now read music. Another voice student started with me last year and I cannot believe her progress. I feel successful as a teacher. Being able to teach these children my passion for music fills me with joy."
Pozzetti wants prospective students to know that everyone has a place at MCLA.
"It took me a while to find mine, but in the end I discovered that I am most happy when I am working," she said. "I can never stop working because I love my work. If I finish studying I will lock myself away and start writing music or painting."
Participating in some "high-impact" activities also contributed to her growth and learning at MCLA. They include a recent cultural immersion trip to Haiti, and traveling with other students to New York City during her freshman year to see a Metropolitan Opera show.
"Being able to meet the opera singers and listen to their beautiful voices made me realize how much I love opera," Pozzetti said. "You never really know who you are until you go out of your comfort zone. When I entered college, I had no clue who I was. I think learning about myself, by doing things I normally wouldn't, is a huge accomplishment."
Pozzetti is considering graduate school as a next step to follow her graduation in December. Ultimately, she would like to start a non-profit dedicated to providing an arts education to young children in developing countries and poor areas of the world.
"I want to start schools where children can go and learn music, theater, dance, and art for no cost. Supplies and teachers will be provided so these children can grow up to be the best they can be. I am not sure how I would ever go about doing this, but I will figure it out someday and make it happen. Everyone deserves the chance to learn as I did," she said.
"This school has given me so much new academic perspective. That is why we are here. You go to college to learn and grow. I have done just that."