WISCONSIN SINGERS 2018 MARCH SPOTLIGHT
Reilly is in her first year as a Wisconsin Singer, but she is actually a junior at UW double majoring in Communication Sciences & Disorders and Management & Human Resources. She originally hails from Hales Corners, WI (a suburb of Milwaukee), but her family currently lives in Sturgeon Bay.
Reilly's love for performing dates back to when she was very little. "I used to sing with my sister at my grandma's church," she recollects. "I participated in my first musical in 8th grade, playing Gertrude McFuzz in Seussical Jr." She continued performing throughout high school, singing in choir and appearing in nine musicals. Some of her favorite roles include Sandy in Grease and as Ti Moune in Once on This Island.
Besides performing, Reilly keeps herself plenty busy on campus making a difference in other peoples' lives. She is heavily involved in the National Student Speech Language Hearing Association (NSSLHA). She does a variety of outreach activities through NSSLHA, her favorite: a caroling event and Christmas card collection for Capitol Lakes Senior Living Community. She also organized a "Dining for Dysphagia" event to raise awareness about swallowing disorders among Communication Sciences and Disorders majors within NSSLHA.
Reilly absolutely loves the UW-Madison. "My favorite thing about campus is how you can completely create the college experience you want," Reilly commented. "It provides endless opportunities, both in recreational and academic areas. I love that our campus is big enough to allow me to explore and delve deeper into who I am and what I want to become as an individual, but also can be made a lot smaller and intimate by getting involved in groups like Singers."
She also values her time as a Wisconsin Singer. Reilly loves being able to share her passion for performing with other like-minded collegiates onstage. She also points to how performing is a release from the stressors in life while also letting her share special moments with her friends.
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