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When Andrea Balser came to CMU, she knew she wanted music to continue to be a big part of her life. Having visited Central’s campus for band days in high school, Andrea had her sights set on CMU’s marching band.
“My band teacher in high school was in the marching band here so she always talked about how great it was. So I thought that the marching band would be a good way to keep music in my life while I’m here,” said Andrea.
In her first few weeks on campus, Andrea found a family within the trombone section of CMU’s Marching Chips.
“The friendships that I’ve made have been really impactful, as well as the memories and experiences,” she said. “Marching band is the thing I look forward to the most, it’s definitely the most fun thing that I do.”
Plus, she said, as an added bonus, members of the marching band get to move into their residence halls early for band camp.
“Band camp is a really great way to get to meet people your first year, too, and it’s a really great way to get acquainted with campus as well,” Andrea said.
As a part of the Marching Chips, Andrea travels with the football team to bowl games. Last year, she got the chance to play at Ford Field in Detroit, a truly incredible experience, she said.
Above all, she said, Andrea values the friendships she’s made on and off the field.
“My favorite thing about CMU is the amazing people I’ve met. CMU has great professors and such a wonderful, friendly campus. I’ve made many friendships that I know are going to last a lifetime, and I wouldn’t trade my experiences here for anything.”
After graduation, Andrea plans to become a certified financial planner. Her dream job is to own her own financial advising business.
She is a Campus Ambassador and is involved with Special Olympics Michigan and Phi Sigma Pi National Honor Fraternity on campus.
Andrea also works at Park Library and volunteers with St. Mary's Parish.