Hi! My name is Alina Dorion, and I am a sophomore at Drake University in Des Moines, IA. I’m currently double majoring in music and journalism.
I also work for the Drake University Archives & Special Collections. After graduation, I hope to go to graduate school for library science and/or to continue my music studies.
You can find my resume here.
Music is something that I’ve been involved with for a pretty long time now. 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.
Currently, I get to enjoy making music with the Drake University Wind Symphony. I’m learning more about music than ever before through challenging classes and wonderful performance opportunities.
The transition to college and becoming a music major hasn’t always been easy, which you can read more about on my blog.
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. But, I have many career dreams. I would love to become an editor, or work in book publishing, or become a professional clarinetist, or make documentaries, or work in TV writing, or so many other fun, fun things.
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. But, 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.