Spotlight on Student Success-Aryn Gritter

Where did you go to grow up and where did you go to high school? I grew up in a small village about 20 miles south of Columbus called Commercial Point. I graduated from Teays Valley High School in 2011.

Did you grow up with siblings or pets? I have a younger sister named Alyson and a younger brother named Alexander. Throughout my childhood, I have owned numerous dogs and cats. Currently, I own two dogs, Titus and Sienna, and two cats, Isabella and Atticus.

What was your best experience in high school art or music class? I received the National School Chorale Award at the end of my Senior year!

Who was your most influential high school teacher? I have to say I was influenced by two great teachers who taught me not only about performing, but about myself, Mr. Eric Farrell and Mr. Nicholas Steed.

Why did you choose Rio? I fell in love with Rio from the first time I took a tour of the campus. I love the tight knit community and the scenery. It was just my luck that I received a music scholarship as well. The rest is history.

What’s your best experience at Rio so far? When I became a sister of Lambda Omicron Psi. These ladies are my family when I am away from home.

What’s your greatest achievement as a student? My participation in our three musical performances; Tommy, The Telephone, and Songs for a New World. It was great getting to work with some incredibly talented people and discover new music that I haven’t heard before.

What’s your major? How did you choose it? I’m a senior Music Comprehensive major.

I chose music because it has always been something I enjoy and I was blessed with the incredible opportunity to study music in thanks to my scholarship.

What was your favorite course at Rio so far…and why? Acting 1. I have always been comfortable around and on a stage and Acting 1 helped me to improve my skills as well as meet and work with some incredible people.

What do you plan to do after graduation? Where do you see yourself in ten years? My plan after graduation is to become more active in my church by joining the music ministry. In ten years, I can see myself continuing to perform as well as being an active member in my church.

What’s the best part of being a student? The best part of being a student is trying hard to understand the material you are taught and finally having that ‘Ah ha’ moment.

What’s the worst? The worst part of being a student is holding yourself accountable for classwork.

What advice would you give to incoming Freshmen? My advice to incoming freshman is to manage your time wisely. It’s ok to have fun and be social every now and then, but don’t forget that you are here for an education and that is the most important thing.

  If you could spend the day with any fine artist, living or dead, who would it be? If I could spend the day with any fine artist, living or dead, I would want to spend the day with Julie Andrews. She has been a huge part of my childhood and an inspiration to me as a performer.

What is your: Favorite book: Pride and Prejudice

Favorite artist: Claude Monet

Favorite musician: Randy Travis

Favorite movie: The Sound of Music

Favorite food: My mom’s chicken surprise casserole.

If you could move anywhere, where would you go? If I could move anywhere, I would move to New York City. I love the atmosphere and the energy that the city that never sleeps gives to everyone in it.

Favorite quote: “Be not afraid of greatness: some are born great, some achieve greatness, and some have greatness thrust upon them.” –William Shakespeare

What’s the one thing that most people don’t know about you? Most people don’t know that if I did not major in music, I would have majored in Psychology. I love studying how people think and work and all the functions of the brain.

Thanks for sharing your story, Aryn! You can read more about Aryn’s accomplishments on her website http://aryngritter.wordpress.com/ You can see her perform on YouTube at https://www.youtube.com/user/arynhead03