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KRISTIN MARRA
KRISTIN MARRA

Kristin Marra, E’14

“Oh, you play the flute in the Penn Band! How is that? I would imagine it’s a lot of fun.” I heard some variation of this statement in just about every job interview I had my senior year.  I am a Mechanical Design Engineer at an Aerospace company on Long Island, NY; a job that has absolutely nothing to do with music or flute-playing. However, it’s no surprise that I was asked this in my engineering interviews.  Music, as is the case for arts in general, is a cross-major, cross-career discussion point. To an interviewer, it reveals an applicant who is well-rounded and interested in more than his or her exact field of study.  I am grateful that I was able to continue pursuing the arts at Penn, regardless of my Engineering major.  Music truly is a combination of creativity and structure, a balance that is vital is any job setting.  Through being involved in PAC, I gained communication and leadership skills that are directly applicable to working in a corporate environment. Playing in bands and taking music classes helped me understand the importance of details in the scope of a large project, whether that be a song, performance, or an engineering design.  Most importantly, the wonderful, quirky, smart, sometimes insane, passionate friends I made through the arts at.


Penn showed me what it means to put 100% into any task.  While I may not be in an arts-related career, the skills I gained through involvement in the arts are used in my work every day.

SPAN poster featuring a backdrop of dozens of performing arts group logos.

SPAN returns to the stage

After two years of virtual presentation, the annual Student Performing Arts Night returned to the Zellerbach stage this fall! Our students held on to the

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