November 6, 2013
Challenges are roadblocks that lead to great success.
For second year senior music Education major Kaitlyn Jennings, the statement is true. Jennings has experienced many challenges throughout her college career, but has currently been able to celebrate her upcoming senior recital and graduation this fall.
“When I enrolled in OBU my freshman year, I was going to double major,” Jennings said. Jennings said she had planned on taking courses in both music Education and music composition, but scheduling was complicated and pursuing both majors would be impossible. She said she knew it was not God’s will for her life; instead, she dropped the music composition major and chose music Education. Other challenges also occurred.
“During fall break of my freshman year, my parents received a divorce,” Jennings said. “I felt as if I had nobody to talk to.”
Jennings said that despite the hardship, she allowed God to speak through her trials the remainder of her freshman year, continuing into her sophomore year. Her love for music assisted her in conveying emotions inside that could only be expressed through music.
“When I entered my junior year, I asked God to show me his love,” Jennings said. “My confidence was low at this time and I did not think I had it in me to continue in what I was doing.”
Jennings said that God did not delay to show up and show off his love. She said when she entered her senior year things once again grew tough because she contained a different personality from the teacher she was assigned to student-teach for and was not able to complete her teaching. But she did not give up. She completed her student teaching this fall.
“Watching my senior music friends graduate was motivating,” Jennings said. She said it grew her excitement for her own recital and graduation.
Other important influences in her life, such as Dr. Christopher Neal adjunct professor of clarinet and Dr. Christian George assistant professor of religious Education, assisted in directing her toward her spiritual and musical goals.
“Kaitlyn is a person that God is using to change the world,” George said. “It has been a privilege to be a part of that.”
George said he believes Jennings to have a heart of service.
“She is going to make a phenomenal whatever she is [does],” George said. “Whether that be a conductor, a teacher, a musician…”
Jennings said after graduation she plans to attend seminary and look into grad. schools, waiting on God to lead her.
She said she is excited for Nov. 12 when she will perform her senior recital in Yarborough Auditorium of Raley Chapel 8:30 p.m.
“I hope people find God through my music,” Jennings said. “I want them to be able to take a break from life—technology, relationships, friends—and just be by themselves and get lost in the music. I want them to close their eyes and clear their minds to what God wants to speak to them.”