Hi! My name is Alina Dorion, and I’m currently a graduate student in musicology at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. I also hold degrees in music and journalism from Drake University in Des Moines, IA.
I’ve worked for libraries and museums across the Midwest, including the Drake University Archives & Special Collections. After obtaining a master’s degree in musicology, I hope to go to graduate school for library science and to become a music librarian.
You can find my resume here.
I began my music journey by joining choir in elementary school. Then, in the fifth grade, I discovered the clarinet. I’ve been playing ever since.
In the past, I’ve played in the Drake University Wind Symphony, and I’m consistently learning more about music than ever before through challenging classes and wonderful performance opportunities.
When it came time for college, I knew that I really enjoyed two things: music and writing. Luckily, I’ve been able to pursue both.
On the journalism side of things, I’m constantly learning more about both writing and multimedia. I’ve learned about photography, videography, web design, web trends, SEO, and more.
I also love the constant practice of bettering my writing and helping others improve their writing through editing.
You can find samples of my writing here.
I was born in Belgium. My family moved to America when I was four years old so that we could be closer to my dad’s side of the family. I’m a Midwestern gal at heart, having grown up surrounded by the cornfields (and soybean fields) of Chicagoland, Illinois.
Right now, I have my sights set on going to graduate school for library science and musicology. But, I have many career dreams, and I’m slowly coming to realize that it’s okay to not always have a perfect plan for life. That’s just how life is. I do know that no matter where I end up, it’ll be a place where I can help others, work hard, and make a difference.