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Dominique DiMeglio '11

"The biggest compliment that I get is that people don't know that I graduated in May, they think I've been teaching for years." --Dominique DiMeglio

Dominique DiMeglioDominique DiMeglio landed her dream job after graduating from E-town with a degree in music education. She attributes the success of her early career to her one-on-one relationships with professors and the extensive field experiences of the music education program.

"The biggest compliment that I get is that people don't know that I graduated in May, they think I've been teaching for years, and I attribute that to my experiences in the music education program," she said.

From the second semester of her first year through the cumulative experiences of student teaching, Dominique was continuously engaged in field experiences.

"Dr. [Matthew] Fritz taught me by helping me to lead the Elizabethtown after school choir program. From that and so many other experiences I had so much experience -- it helped me with my classroom management, my transitioning and so many other aspects of my teaching. It's amazing, our graduates are so much more prepared than the average first-year teacher because of all these experiences," she said.

Dominique chose E-town because of the relationships that she saw that she could form within the college environment.

"I like being able to walk past a professor and they know your name, they know what's going on in your life, they remember how you're doing in their class, and they can tell you all about things that are going to help you succeed. It's very personal," she said.

It was her experiences in women's choir that were among her fondest memories of Elizabethtown college.

"I miss singing, I miss women's choir. The professor (Prof. Carrie Fritz) was my relaxation and de-stressor on Wednesday nights. She was just a phenomenal teacher. I loved women's choir because it was all women who are working towards a common goal. I learned so much from my experiences there," she said.

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