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JON CAPONETTO

Year: Junior

Major: Music Performance

How/Why do you want to change the world?
I want to change the world by being a role model to the group of students who don’t get opportunities like other kids do. I want to be the reason why kids leave bad family lives and make something out of themselves. I want to show kids that the world is a giant place filled with endless opportunities and through music, they will have the chance to be apart of it. I want to create strong, independent leaders for the future of the world.

What are you proud to have been involved with at UO?
I am proud to have been a part of the vast array of musical performances the UO has given me. Whether it be performing in the historic Beall Hall, or in the Hult Center, and even in Autzen Stadium, each performance makes me feel pride in both myself and in being here at school.

Who is your biggest role model and why?
My biggest role model is a split between Bill Gates and my tribal community. Bill Gates is the reason why I am in college and won’t have to pay for any of it myself. I want to be a person who gives so much to those in need and that are deserving. In addition, my tribal community has been the biggest supporter of my higher education. I want to be a role model for the future generation and show them that we as a people can be a part of higher education and live lives that are better than what’s on the Rez.

What are your goals after college?
Upon leaving the UO I hope to be going into grad school at a top school for music in either New York (Manhattan School of Music) or Texas (Rice University). After completing a Masters program, I want to look for jobs as a professional trombonist as well as being a music teacher in a public school district inspiring kids to play.

Which fictional character is most like yourself?
I think a fictional character that embodies me would be Miguel from the movie “Coco.” He has that spirit about wanting to play music and be a musician that is so much me! I would do anything so that I could be a musician just like him even if family isn’t very supportive of that dream. Also, my dog is almost exactly like Miguel’s dog too.

What is one fun fact about you?
I am a certified American Poultry Association (APA) Judge and can judge in any APA event!