Crystal also shared about her experience as an international student ambassador:
“I think being involved on campus gives the ability to meet lots of people and friends. One of the most memorable experiences would be meeting President Rogers and his wife. We were helping shuttle students to the Detroit airport at the end of the semester and we ran into each other at the baggage claim. He and his wife are very genuine, nice people and I’m very lucky to have met them.”
Additionally, Crystal works on campus as a Group Fitness Instructor at the Student Recreation Center, where she instructs both Zumba and Aqua Zumba. One of her favorite memories on campus included a time when she was able to step out of her comfort zone and teach a class in front of over 100 international students.
“Two years ago, when I was an international student ambassador, I was asked to lead a mini Zumba session for international students. It was my first time teaching. I had just gotten my license and I was teaching over 100 students in the BTSU Ballroom. I was able to step outside of my comfort zone and do something I never thought I’d be able to do. I became really close friends with some of the people I met that day.”
It’s safe to say that Crystal’s involvement on campus has led her to finding a home here at BGSU. That being said, her second favorite memory was her thesis defense. Of this experience, she stated:
“You get to meet so many wonderful people on campus—they’re some of the best friend I’ve ever met. They were actually able to join my livestream of my thesis defense, and it really helped calm my nerves to know I was surrounded by people who love me and care about me. I know I get up on stage and sing, however this was still different and intimidating, so it was special being able to share it with my friends.”
Crystal will graduate with a master’s degree in Interdisciplinary Studies this spring. After graduating, she hopes to become a singing voice specialist.
“With my degree, I combined coursework from Communication Sciences and Disorders and Music, and this gives a very broad background for my career. I want to help any performers who uses their voice on a regular basis—like singers, theater performers, public speakers—to give advice or help them regain their voice. I want to be the person that helps people to recover.”
With that, Crystal left us with a bit of advice for future Falcons:
“I tell a lot of international students this as well—enjoy your time here on campus and step outside your comfort zone! Go out and meet people you’ve never met before and people with different backgrounds. I find that by doing this it helps me to be more open-minded and become more receptive when it comes to other peoples’ perspectives. It has really helped me become more outgoing and confident, and it helped get me through some of the toughest times of my life. These people have now become my safety net and support system. It’s understandable to be scared, but get to know them and have fun!”