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Nathalie Botezatu

Music

Email: k10nb01@kzoo.edu 
Hometown: Sterling Heights, MI
Majors: Music, Biology
Study Abroad: Perth, Australia
Favorite Ice Cream Flavor: Pistachio or Anything Chocolate
Best Adjective to Describe You: Open-minded


In 10 words or less, why should a student want to be involved in this department?
Who doesn’t love music?!

What initially drew you to this department?  What keeps you coming back?
I have been playing the piano since I was 5 years old and music has always taken up a huge part of my heart. I couldn’t help but continue my music studies once I got to K. The inspiring nature of the music professors is what I look forward to every semester.

What’s your biggest piece of advice to first years and sophomores in this department?
Get involved with music at K early! Don’t wait until next quarter or next year, because once you do finally find your musical niche, you’ll be having a blast and wish you had done it earlier!

How does your department connect to your other interests and activities?
Music is truly all around us. The piano specifically keeps me centered and allows me to connect to everyone and everything around me willing to listen.

What’s the most valuable thing you’ve learned at K?
I have learned to expect the unexpected at K, take every opportunity, and enjoy every single moment as it comes because you never know who will inspire you next. There are so many beautiful people at K with so many experiences and stories to share. 

What has been your favorite class at K?  Why?
My favorite has been any class with Dr. Tung. He is absolutely brilliant. It is as simple as that.

What is your SIP?
I did my biology SIP at the University of Michigan, in the Division of Metabolism, Endocrinology, and Diabetes, contributing to a research project on fetal programming and the early life origins of type II diabetes.

What are your career aspirations/next steps after K?
I will be applying to medical school in the spring and am looking forward to becoming a physician one day!  There is no doubt in my mind that my love for the piano will follow me wherever my career takes me.

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