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“I always wanted to live in the mountains since I was little, and when I found out about Western's vocal department and did a little research, it felt like the right place to call home."

Amelia Campbell is a student from the Eastern Plains in Kiowa studying Music at Western Colorado University.

“I always wanted to live in the mountains since I was little, and when I found out about Western’s vocal department and did a little research, it felt like the right place to call home,” Campbell said.

“My goal is to train up and become a professional opera singer,” said Amelia, who already is in two singing ensembles and minoring in Theatre to aid her opera career.

“Since I was little, I’ve been surrounded by music and art, which inspired me from a young age to sing and pursue the stage,” she said.

Upon arriving at Western, she discovered campus presented even more opportunities to grow.

“I love to go swing dancing when I can with Western Elk Wranglers and have taken up boxing. I am a proud member of the knitting club, Gamer’s Guild and Urban Gaming, as well as the Steel Pan Band,” she said.

Some of Campbell’s favorite pastimes involve swing dancing with the West Elk Wranglers, boxing, knitting with the Knitting Club, gaming with the Gamers Guild and Urban Gaming, and playing with the Steel Pan Band.

In addition to exploring Western’s campus, Campbell is getting to know her way around the Gunnison Valley.

“I enjoy biking around town, hitting up my favorite coffee shops and hunting for classy deals at the local thrift stores,” she said. “I also love exploring Crested Butte and the trails around the valley.”

Campbell, like many students at Western, found she needed more than a mold to fit into when going to college, and Western provides plenty of opportunities for students to explore.

“I’ve been up to a lot for only being here a year and a half.”

Story by Western student writer Jamie Rivera.

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