Graduate Student Spotlights

Nicole Witte

Music Business

Briefly tell us why you chose your program:
I am lucky enough to have parents who instilled a deep appreciation and love of music in me from a young age. One of my all time favorite albums to this day is "Graceland" by Paul Simon, I was perhaps 10 when I flipped it over and realized it was recorded the year before I was born. It was then I realized what awesome music was created before I ever existed! In short, music has always been my life. In college I began working in live concerts and became hooked; I was so excited when I found this program since I never imaged I could blend my experience and passion with academics. After meeting the professors and fellow students, I knew I'd found the right place for me!
My inspiration is:
different cultures and people
If I could change the world, I would:
make people realize that there is so much more to life then material possessions
Something I collect:
concert posters
Why I went to Graduate School:
because it's way more fun to talk about music all day with friends then go into the real world!
The best gift I've ever received:
My family
My biggest challenge is:
making sure I'm living life as much as possible
The professor who influenced me the most:
Prof. Noll, a history professor at the University of Florida
How I take my coffee:
as lemonade
The most adventurous thing I've ever done is:
drive cross-country with just my best friend
My secret passion is:
What I do to de-stress:
go to the beach or listen to music

Background Information

Where you grew up:
Ft. Lauderdale, FL
What are your plans after you graduate?
I want to make people happy through music probably by working with live concerts
Honors, Awards, and Achievements:
Magna Cum Laude, University of Florida
Community Service and Other Activities:
Helping teach debate to middle school students in Sunrise, FL; working with SummerStage, a nonprofit concert series