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prestigious music programs.
“The No. 1 reason Carolina was my
first choice was because a lot of other
schools made it hard to study two things at
once,” said Thomas Marshall, a sophomore
who is majoring in physics and music.
Marshall, who plays horn, penned his
scholarship essay about the correlation
between music and physics. “There’s a lot
of physics to music, like the sound waves
The scholarship opened the possibility
of Zhang attending college at all. The
clarinet player said she didn’t know how
her family would have
afforded tuition otherwise.
Besides a debt-free
degree, Zhang appreciates
the scholarship’s impact on
her life, even if, like most
Kenan Scholars, she is not a
professional musician. She
said the arts are important at
all levels of education.
“Teaching arts in school is really
important, even if the kids don’t grow up
to be artists,” said Zhang, who applies the
precision and inspiration of music to her
job as a graphic designer for Wake County
“Learning music is not about becoming
the next Yo-Yo Ma. Learning music is
about learning and mastering a skill,”
Zhang said. “It’s an extra set of knowledge
to take through the rest of your life.”
Music also teaches hustle and grit, said
Schultes, and can build confidence in the
face of rejection. That preparation has been
an asset in her work in corporate sales.
“It helps you develop a thick skin.”
— Beth Hatcher ’02