WEBVTT 00:00:02.000 --> 00:00:09.000 My name is Wagner Trindade. I came from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, in 2009 here to Western Oregon University. 00:00:09.000 --> 00:00:12.000 Currently I'm an adjunct music instructor. 00:00:12.000 --> 00:00:16.000 [playing music] 00:00:16.000 --> 00:00:20.000 It's an interesting story how I came up here to Western. 00:00:20.000 --> 00:00:25.000 I was playing a jazz club in Brazil for many years, and I met Tom Bergeron, 00:00:25.000 --> 00:00:29.000 one of the music professors here at Western, there in Brazil. 00:00:29.000 --> 00:00:34.000 And I was really interested in getting a master's degree in the United States. 00:00:34.000 --> 00:00:40.000 He told me about Western and I went to the website, checked all the information, 00:00:40.000 --> 00:00:43.000 and it was exactly what I was looking for. 00:00:43.000 --> 00:00:47.000 And in 2009 I applied and I came here. 00:00:49.000 --> 00:00:56.000 One of the important things when one chooses a university to attend is to be able to identify a school 00:00:56.000 --> 00:00:59.000 that you can say, 'This is a place I can call home. 00:00:59.000 --> 00:00:66.000 Because you're going to be spending many hours with us, many years with us before a degree is completed, 00:01:06.000 --> 00:01:10.000 and you want it to be a place where you can grow intellectually, 00:01:10.000 --> 00:01:16.000 you can grow emotionally and you can grow in friendship 00:01:16.000 --> 00:01:19.000 and connections that you're going to have for the rest of your life. 00:01:19.000 --> 00:01:26.000 I've been at Western Oregon University for about 6 years after spending many years in the Los Angeles area. 00:01:26.000 --> 00:01:30.000 I ended up at Western Oregon University because I liked what the university appeared to be, 00:01:30.000 --> 00:01:34.000 and when I got here, I discovered it really was what I thought it was: 00:01:34.000 --> 00:01:38.000 a very friendly, mutually supportive environment 00:01:38.000 --> 00:01:43.000 where the faculty are focused on mentoring students. 00:01:43.000 --> 00:01:49.000 TRINDADE: One of the best things about studying music here at Western, it's about opportunities. 00:01:49.000 --> 00:01:54.000 Since I came here, I had opportunities to perform with international artists, 00:01:54.000 --> 00:01:58.000 such as Lizz Wright, Alan Tuson, Lynn Anderson, 00:01:58.000 --> 00:01:64.000 which makes me feel that learning process goes beyond the classroom. 00:02:04.000 --> 00:02:10.000 I felt I was growing as a musician, not only in the classroom, 00:02:10.000 --> 00:02:13.000 but also live on stage. 00:02:13.000 --> 00:02:20.000 At Western Oregon, we really enjoy having international students on our campus. We are in a global society 00:02:20.000 --> 00:02:24.000 and the more that our students are exposed to students from other countries 00:02:24.000 --> 00:02:30.000 gives both our Oregon student and our international student a real opportunity to get to know other cultures 00:02:30.000 --> 00:02:34.000 and to realize that we're all striving for the same goals in life 00:02:34.000 --> 00:02:39.000 and that there actually are more similarities between us than there are dissimilarities. 00:02:40.000 --> 00:02:44.000 TRINDADE: I think that international students should study at Western for several reasons. 00:02:45.000 --> 00:02:52.000 We have a beautiful and safe campus. The classes are small and I feel very comfortable raising my hands, 00:02:52.000 --> 00:02:56.000 asking questions, or making appointment with the teacher later. 00:02:56.000 --> 00:02:63.000 And also it goes back to the opportunities that you will have to perform and grow as an artist. 00:03:04.000 --> 00:03:08.000 SCHECK: One of the great things about our programming at Western Oregon University 00:03:08.000 --> 00:03:12.000 is our general education core that all degree programs require. 00:03:12.000 --> 00:03:19.000 And so that whether one was going to be pursuing music or pursing criminal justice or history 00:03:19.000 --> 00:03:24.000 or chemistry, they all are going to have some underlying curriculum 00:03:24.000 --> 00:03:28.000 that prepares you for working with others in the outside world. 00:03:28.000 --> 00:03:34.000 So many times we have graduates that graduate with a particular discipline 00:03:34.000 --> 00:03:41.000 and work in a job environment totally different than what they'd ever dreamt they would be working in. 00:03:41.000 --> 00:03:46.000 TRINDADE: From my personal standpoint, what makes Western special, 00:03:46.000 --> 00:03:52.000 here I don't feel that I'm a number. I feel that I'm a student with a name 00:03:52.000 --> 00:03:55.000 and teachers, they call me by my name. 00:03:55.000 --> 00:03:60.000 And that's the personal connection that makes all the difference. 00:04:00.000 --> 00:04:07.000 [music]