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Hitting a High Note

“When you are given a gift, it is for a reason—it’s for you to share with others.”

For Bridgette Cooper (MBA student), becoming an opera singer just kind of happened. “I auditioned for my first solo in junior high school and when I opened my mouth, a classical tone came out,” she says.

With the help of her parents and music teacher, Cooper realized that she could build a career around her natural talent. “My teacher helped me get comfortable being onstage and my father suggested I study music,” says the graduate of East Carolina University’s School of Music.

Cooper further developed her voice at the Peabody Conservatory and the American Institute of Musical Studies, and by traveling internationally as a member of several companies and Broadway tours, including Gershwin’s “Porgy and Bess.” “I learned to handle the pressure of performing,” she says. “Once I am onstage, with the lights in my face, the music is the only thing that matters.”

Today, the 2012 Marian Anderson Scholar still performs with a number of opera companies. She also produces a recital, the Liederabend Series. “I love recitals because it’s an intimate gathering in a home and I sing next to a grand piano, just like in 19th-century Europe,” she says. “It is an old tradition that I love bringing to life.”

 

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Redefining Success

The vast majority of Americans (81%) believe that knowing how to spend your moey well is a far believe that knowing how to spend your money well is a far greater indicator of leading a successful life than simply habing money in the first place. In addition, 72% say they would rather spend money on experiences than material things. —American Express Life Twist Study

 

“Innovation is the ability to convert ideas into invoices.”

— Lewis Duncan, former dean, Thayer School of Engineering, Dartmouth College

 

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Income on the Rise

College-educated households are the only households whose incomes have grown in the last 20 years: income increased 9% (from $92,289 to $100,637) for those with a bachelor’s degree.

For the first time on record, households headed by someone with at least a bachelor’s degree received nearly a majority (49.7%) of aggregate U.S. household income; nearly one out of every two dollars went to the college educated.