Analysis by Division Essay Final Draft
When you think of someone influential in your life it’s usually someone very close to you. To a child it’s usually a superhero or one of their parents. To me this is not the case. Kate Janke, a music teacher and theatre arts instructor at the high school of Park Center, is one individual who has changed me as a person, and made me who I am today. Ms. Janke’s qualities of directing in the theatre program, teaching the subject of music, and having an open, down to earth type of personality helped shape me to be who I am today.
To begin, I wasn’t the most popular kid in school, but I did manage to have quite a few friends. It wasn’t until I got introduced to Park Center’s theatre program where I met new people. Kate Janke, who is the theatre program’s director, recommended me into participating into this after school activity, and I’m so grateful that I did. I met so many new people. I felt as if there were no different groups like you see in the lunchroom. They were all one body because of Ms. Janke’s philosophy of no one being excluded regardless of “popularity” or “coolness” and therefore we all belonged. All of them were happy and had smiles on their faces every waking moment in that auditorium. For the first time I felt as if I belonged. I felt that I was a part of the school other than being just a student there.
Continuing on, music means everything to me now because of my experiences with Janke, from performing in the musical to being in choir. I wasn’t the greatest singer in the world, but I still had confidence; confidence in that I can do better and learn. Ms. Janke helped build that confidence by being my own personal voice teacher twice a week after school and I saw much improvement. I would have never considered singing, especially to a crowd of people, but this all changed when I met Kate. She was my choral instructor for three years while attending school. I...