I Have always had a draw towards music, whether that is playing an instrument or simply just listening to artist I enjoy. However part of what makes music such a significant part of my life is all it has done for me. In school I was never was very capable of making friends, people often saw me as strange. I was bullied quite frequently and as such I never had a place to call home at school. However that all changed when I started band at school. I started playing alto saxophone in sixth grade however my love for music didn't reach its peak until high school. I started marching band in ninth grade and I couldn't figure out how to march. It was frustrating seeing everyone around me succeed while I was failing. Then the week before the first contest my band director confronted me. He told me (in his very direct way) the reason I wasn't getting better was that in reality I wasn't even trying, even though I believed I was. This pushed me to prove him wrong and eventually I became better at it. Later I even became a section leader, where my role was teaching freshman to march, helping them with the same issues I myself once struggled with. I want to continue to help people find that place to fit in through music. At Otterbein I was awarded a scholarship that combined with what my FAFSA covered all but $2,000 dollars of my tuition. The fear is however I nor my family can afford this per semester payment. If I were able to earn a scholarship even if it just helped with a portion of this, it would remove a mountain of stress from an already stressed family.