Kelsey Fields

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“My internship was such a valuable experience. I came away with a deeper understanding of how my field is exploring and affecting positive change throughout the world.”

Kelsey Fields

Class of 2017
Nashville, TN
Major: Music Therapy
Minor: Psychology

Music Therapy Major Kelsey Fields first visited UE during the annual Road Trip event where college bound students spend a weekend testing out campus life. She toured other campuses, but kept coming back to UE.

“I chose music therapy because I love music and I love helping people. I chose UE because of the experiences and opportunities I couldn’t have gotten anywhere else.”

Freshman Fieldwork

Kelsey Fields will graduate with six semesters of music therapy practicums on her resume—and the fieldwork began her freshman year.

“They put you to work with real clients almost immediately in the second semester of your freshman year. Over time, you get more and more responsibility. Now, as a senior, I’m leading my own sessions. It’s really fulfilling to see how far I’ve come.”

Kelsey has now worked with clients in schools, senior care facilities, hospitals, rehab facilities, mental health facilities, and more.

Jamaican Jam Sessions

Perhaps one of her most memorable music therapy journeys was as a participant in the Jamaican Field Service Project. She and a group of individuals from across the U.S. studied Jamaican music and culture and worked with clients in homeless shelters, hospitals, and schools.

“My internship was such a valuable experience. I came away with a deeper understanding of how my field is exploring and affecting positive change throughout the world.”

A Semester Away

During her junior year, Kelsey spent a semester at Harlaxton College, UE’s living-learning center in Grantham, England. She calls it the highlight of her UE experience.

“It was a nice tipping point and a nice opportunity to step away from my major and breathe. When I returned, I found a new appreciation for what I do and where I am.”

Giving Back

Kelsey has also lead numerous volunteer efforts including food drives on campus, trips to the Vanderburgh County Humane Society, and making tie-dyed head wraps for a cancer care facility.

“Music majors have hectic schedules, but we always seem to find the time to give back. Even an hour here or there can make a big difference in an effort or leave a lasting impact on someone.”

Graduation Plans

Upon graduation, Kelsey will travel to Chicago, Ill. for a six month internship working with at-risk youth in and out of foster care.

“I’ve always been interested in working with kids and I’m fascinated by mental health, so this seems like the perfect fit for me.”

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