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Success Project

I interviewed Mr. Biester, my High School band director, about success in life and these are the answers he gave!! (Last slide is all the questions and answers for all of the slides)
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Kendra Glicco

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Transcript of Success Project

Kendra Glicco
4th hr.
Freshman Seminar
10/16/15

1. What did success mean to you in high school?
2. What kind of jobs did you consider to be successful jobs in high school? Now?
3. What job did you want to go to college for? Was it considered a successful job?
4.Did money ever you keep you from going to the collage you wanted?
5. Do/Did you look up to anyone that you considered successful? Who and why?
Mr. John Biester
6. Do you currently consider yourself successful? Why?
7. What things did you do to get you this far? How are you pushing yourself forward now?
8. What do you do when you find it difficult to reach your goals/push forward to being more successful than you already are?
9. How did you start out? When did you consider yourself successful? Why?
10. What does success mean to you?
What does success mean to me?
(senior in high school)
(high school directors)

(College teacher)
*representations, not the actual people
"Pause to reflect. Pause to enjoy. But don't pause too long."

1. What did success mean to you in high school?

In high school success for me was being involved in school plays, athletics and most importantly, Band. I spent a great deal of time practicing so I could be better. I had a Band Director who had high expectations for achievement and I constantly worked hard to be the first chair tuba player.

2. What kind of jobs did you consider to be successful jobs in high school? Now?

For me anything making money was successful. The time I spent in Band at football and basketball games did not make it easy to have a job. I finally got a job near the end of my senior year.

3. What job did you want to go to college for? Was it considered a successful job?

I wanted to be a Band Director. I was not concerned with the label of success. It was what I wanted to do. Both of my parents were educators as was my grandfather. I wanted to teach. And I wanted to be in the Wisconsin Marching Band.

4. Did money ever keep you from going to the college you wanted?

No, money was not an issue. I was fortunate to earn several scholarships for playing my tuba. One of which covered my full tuition for four years. And my grandfather had invested money to help with my education as well.

5. Do/Did you look up to anyone that you considered successful? Who and why?

Again back to my high school band directors…both men were highly knowledgeable and maintained consistently high expectations. Then my college teacher’s influence was big as well. Again…high expectations and few compromises.

6. Do you currently consider yourself successful? Why?

What is success? I have been a teacher for 20 years. This year I finally have reached 150 students in the band program. That was always a milestone for me. I have almost never tried to think of myself as successful. I attain successful performances and experiences, but I feel that I can’t stop to think of myself a success. There is always something else to accomplish. I can be satisfied but not necessarily content.

7. What things did you do to get you this far? How are you pushing yourself forward now?

Practice, practice, practice…and not letting myself get too lazy or too pleased with any of my accomplishments. If we stop to pat ourselves on the back for too long, everyone else has moved right on by. Pause to reflect. Pause to enjoy. But don’t pause too long. I keep pushing myself through my students. I try to keep the expectations consistent and high. I do not want to settle or say “that’s good enough”, because it rarely is.

8. What do you do when you find it difficult to reach your goals/push forward to being more successful than you already are?

When things are difficult, I talk to my friends, my fellow band teachers. We all seem to have those times and we help each other out by listening and offering ideas and just making each other laugh. Laughter is huge medicine for continues success. I will spend some time being unhappy or feeling down but I can’t stay that way for long. I keep trying to find the little successes and build upon those. Don’t let the few things that don’t work interfere with the many things that go right.

9. How did you start out? When did you consider yourself successful? Why?

I started as a long term sub in middle school band. When I got my first full time teaching position I thought I was a success. That is when I found that being a success is a never ending process. Once you think you’ve gotten “there”, there is always more to do. Now I have been teaching for 20 years and playing music for 48 years. The joy never ends when you work at it.

10. What does success mean to you?

I do not know how to answer that. Success is something measured by others, not by me. I think I will be a success if I am remembered as a good teacher and a good person, as a good father. I will be a success if what I have done has influenced some to do what I have done and not compromise expectations. Getting a raise might be nice , too…
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