Jen is a sophomore from Philadelphia, Pa. She is studying financial economics and music at UR. On campus, she works as a Peer Career Adviser at the Career Center, a Student Activities projects and services aide and is also a member of the UR Jazz Ensemble and On Beyond Penguin. She is a Capricorn who enjoys spending time with friends and making music.

What is it like being a musician on campus?
It’s a lot of fun. It’s hard to be noticed on here because we are overshadowed by Eastman, but also it’s amazing to have Eastman and access to Eastman and the opportunities it offers.

Have you recently been anywhere cool?
Yeah, this summer I went to India. I went to New Delhi, Agra, Jaipur and some other cities in the North. I got to do touristy stuff and take in the culture. Other places I’ve been are Fiji, New Zealand and Australia.

What movie makes you cry?
‘The Kite Runner” is the most recent one.

What is the best gift you’ve ever received?
One of the best gifts I got was a marble jewelry box from a shop near the Taj Mahal in India.

Cheesiest pickup line you have heard?
‘Are your feet tired? Because you’ve been running through my mind all day.”

When is a man at his best?
When he is confident and has his own style and uniqueness.
If you could change something about yourself what would it be?
I would be more aggressive and louder.

Who are your musical influences?
Neal Evans from this band called Soulive, Herbie Hancock and Brad Mehldau. They are all funk/jazz artists.

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