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Anna
Coleman
Languages: 
English
French
March, 1993
Bio: 
I am a 23 year old woman living in Boulder, CO. I have a degree in percussion performance from the University of Colorado, Boulder. While studying at the university, I focused primarily on playing transcriptions of Bach Cello Suites and Flamenco guitar music on the marimba, which is essentially a huge xylophone with a deep and mellow tone. I also studied music education where I was able to fulfill my passion for teaching and sharing ideas with others. I feel incredibly lucky to live in Boulder because it allows me to fully appreciate the outdoors. Most of my weekends are spent outside; in the summer, I love to go hiking and camping with friends and our dogs, and in the winter we go snowboarding. I have a passion for animals and I love to spend time walking and training my 1 year old standard poodle named Jasper. I also have a passion for great food, beer, and wine. Boulder has an incredible craft beer scene and my friends and I like to go tour the local breweries when we get the chance. We have a great food scene as well and, as an animal lover, I appreciate that most of our restaurants serve organic foods and humanely raised meats. I grew up in Minneapolis, Minnesota with my parents, and I was lucky to have the opportunity to travel as much as I did. I went to a french immersion school, and when I was 11 years old, I traveled with my classmates to Rennes, France. While I was there I stayed with a family and went to school with a girl who was about my age. We left the US on D-Day and later that week we got to visit a nursing home where there were French WWII veterans. I will never forget how several of the veterans teared up after our performance of the "La Marseillaise" and told us about the bond they felt with the US ever since the second world war. When I was 17 years old, I traveled to France again and visited Paris, and later, a vineyard in the south of France. During my stay in the south (in a small town called Vendres), we took a day to travel across the French-Spanish border into northern Spain where I got to hear locals speak Catalan. A couple of years later, I had the chance to visit Italy, France, Spain, Sweden, and Norway where I had the chance to stay with family members and truly immerse myself in the culture. Currently, I work in a mental health clinic where we primarily serve women who are recovering from eating disorders. In my current role, I have learned to be incredibly patient with those who, because of language or cognitive differences, need extra time and explanation in order to understand the details of a conversation. I look forward to having the opportunity to speak with people from other countries and to encourage them to speak freely and not worry about making mistakes. As a second language learner myself, I understand that learning to speak a language is never seamless and that forgetting words and coming up with creative substitutions is all part of the fun!
Volunteering Experience: 
One cause that has always been particularly important to me is blood donation. I enjoy this cause because anyone can donate blood and there's a need for everyone's unique blood type. It is a way for young people and others without much money to give a tangible necessity to charity just by being a healthy human being. I have given blood to Memorial Blood Centers. Red Cross, Bonfils Blood Center, and many more. When I was 16 years old, a friend and I organized a mobile blood drive for our peers and ended up getting 20 first-time donors. In college, I was part of the national honorary band fraternity, Kappa Kappa Psi. Together, we volunteered throughout the year by staffing events such as CU Band Day and our College of Music Audition Days. We supervised and coached high school students during these events and helped stressed out young musicians during their big audition day. We also did all of the uniform fittings for our 250 person band each year and helped with basic things such as setting up the marching field and making sure that everything was in its place after every big game. I've also volunteered for Boulder Community Hospital in their rehabilitation unit, supervising patients' meals and keeping them company. I look forward to doing more volunteering in either health or education. I spent the majority of my college career studying music education and I've really enjoyed teaching my own students in the past. In my future career, I would like to go into healthcare because one of my greatest strengths is listening to and helping others.
Education: 
graduated from University of Colorado, Boulder in December 2014 with a degree in music
Occupation: 
Office Manager, mental health clinic
Anna Coleman
Boulder
United States
Languages:
English, French
March, 1993
Description
I am a 23 year old woman living in Boulder, CO. I have a degree in percussion performance from the University of Colorado, Boulder. While studying at the university, I focused primarily on playing transcriptions of Bach Cello Suites and Flamenco guitar music on the marimba, which is essentially a huge xylophone with a deep and mellow tone. I also studied music education where I was able to fulfill my passion for teaching and sharing ideas with others. I feel incredibly lucky to live in Boulder because it allows me to fully appreciate the outdoors. Most of my weekends are spent outside; in the summer, I love to go hiking and camping with friends and our dogs, and in the winter we go snowboarding. I have a passion for animals and I love to spend time walking and training my 1 year old standard poodle named Jasper. I also have a passion for great food, beer, and wine. Boulder has an incredible craft beer scene and my friends and I like to go tour the local breweries when we get the chance. We have a great food scene as well and, as an animal lover, I appreciate that most of our restaurants serve organic foods and humanely raised meats.

I grew up in Minneapolis, Minnesota with my parents, and I was lucky to have the opportunity to travel as much as I did. I went to a french immersion school, and when I was 11 years old, I traveled with my classmates to Rennes, France. While I was there I stayed with a family and went to school with a girl who was about my age. We left the US on D-Day and later that week we got to visit a nursing home where there were French WWII veterans. I will never forget how several of the veterans teared up after our performance of the "La Marseillaise" and told us about the bond they felt with the US ever since the second world war. When I was 17 years old, I traveled to France again and visited Paris, and later, a vineyard in the south of France. During my stay in the south (in a small town called Vendres), we took a day to travel across the French-Spanish border into northern Spain where I got to hear locals speak Catalan. A couple of years later, I had the chance to visit Italy, France, Spain, Sweden, and Norway where I had the chance to stay with family members and truly immerse myself in the culture.

Currently, I work in a mental health clinic where we primarily serve women who are recovering from eating disorders. In my current role, I have learned to be incredibly patient with those who, because of language or cognitive differences, need extra time and explanation in order to understand the details of a conversation. I look forward to having the opportunity to speak with people from other countries and to encourage them to speak freely and not worry about making mistakes. As a second language learner myself, I understand that learning to speak a language is never seamless and that forgetting words and coming up with creative substitutions is all part of the fun!

Volunteering Experience
One cause that has always been particularly important to me is blood donation. I enjoy this cause because anyone can donate blood and there's a need for everyone's unique blood type. It is a way for young people and others without much money to give a tangible necessity to charity just by being a healthy human being. I have given blood to Memorial Blood Centers. Red Cross, Bonfils Blood Center, and many more. When I was 16 years old, a friend and I organized a mobile blood drive for our peers and ended up getting 20 first-time donors.

In college, I was part of the national honorary band fraternity, Kappa Kappa Psi. Together, we volunteered throughout the year by staffing events such as CU Band Day and our College of Music Audition Days. We supervised and coached high school students during these events and helped stressed out young musicians during their big audition day. We also did all of the uniform fittings for our 250 person band each year and helped with basic things such as setting up the marching field and making sure that everything was in its place after every big game.

I've also volunteered for Boulder Community Hospital in their rehabilitation unit, supervising patients' meals and keeping them company. I look forward to doing more volunteering in either health or education. I spent the majority of my college career studying music education and I've really enjoyed teaching my own students in the past. In my future career, I would like to go into healthcare because one of my greatest strengths is listening to and helping others.
Education
graduated from University of Colorado, Boulder in December 2014 with a degree in music
Occupation
Office Manager, mental health clinic
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