College Acapella

For the past two years, I’ve been a bass singer and beatboxer with my university’s acapella group. Being in such a group, the main question I get asked is:

“Is it like Pitch Perfect?”

Sometimes I tell people “yes, it is.” But that’s just a simple answer. In reality, it’s quite different. If you’ve ever been in a choir, you know what it’s like to sing and perform with a group of people. Actors, artists, and even athletes know that feeling. It’s the feeling of working hard on something you love with a group of people who love it just as much as you do. It’s the feeling of being on a team.

The next thing I get asked is usually along the lines of “do you party like they do in the movie?” The answer is no, we do not. When you look at a college acapella group, chances are you’re looking at a group of very different people who may just have this one thing in common. We have music nerds, sorority girls, military cadets, school athletes, frat guys, mountain bikers, engineers, language majors, you name it. Altogether, we’re a pretty diverse group. In fact, most of us are so busy, it’s difficult to hang out outside of practice at all. But we do all share a love of singing and for each other. And it’s that love and passion that brings us all together.

Anytime you share a passion with others, it usually serves to augment that passion. Exploring your skills and limitations with others allows you to grow together, and it’s that growth that makes it special.

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