Melissa Bilza

Melissa Bilza

Corporate Communication and Music, 2019

Hometown: Easton, Pennsylvania

High School: Easton Area High School

Activities at Lycoming: Class of 2019 President, Student Senate, Resident Assistant, Sister of Alpha Xi Delta, Marketing and Communications Intern, Lycoming College Choir, Tour Choir, Lycourier Newspaper, Omicron Delta Kappa Leadership Honor Society, Phi Kappa Phi Academic Honor Society

My most influential professor is: Dr. Christopher Jackson, director of choral activities, has influenced me both as a musician and as a person. He has encouraged me to challenge my capabilities as a vocalist and has been a listening ear when I ponder what I want to do with my life.

Favorite campus experience: My favorite campus event is Homecoming. Being a part of Student Senate, I get to help run some of the activities which is really rewarding. Homecoming Week is jam-packed with fun events, great people and even greater memories.

Advice for incoming students: My advice is to be optimistic upon arrival. As the weeks go by, you will find yourself growing more attached to this school.

Global experiences: I was given the amazing opportunity in May of 2016 to travel to China with the Lycoming College Tour Choir. Our ten-day trip combined the best of both worlds -- being a typical tourist in the metropolitan cities of Shanghai and Beijing, but also being a performer and singing in beautifully designed and acoustically renowned spaces. This was my first experience out of the country, and I never imagined that my first experience abroad would be to China, a nation so far away and unfamiliar. I am very thankful to the College, to Dr. Jackson, to our alumni, and to the Tour Choir for giving me this incredible opportunity. In addition, I will be studying abroad in London, England in the fall of 2017.

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