American University 4400 Mass Ave November 2017 Unpacked: I'm with the band Alyssa Miguel, SOC/BA '19, journalism major and Screamin' Eagles Pep Band member I've played the flute since the fifth grade. I love that feeling when I get the notes just right—it gives me goosebumps. I cheer and yell a lot during the games, so I've always got a reusable water bottle handy. I keep a snack in my bag, too, for those times when I'm too busy to eat. Most pep bands wear polos or rugby shirts; we wear football-style jerseys with our last name and grad year on the back and a funky eagle on the front. There are 30 to 40 of us. Most of us played in our high school marching band or pep band. I color code my notes to help me focus—plus it makes class a little more fun. I've been a member of the AU pep band for three years. We have eight staples that we play every game; my favorites include Wilson Pickett's "Land of 1,000 Dances" and "Bang Bang" by Ariana Grande, Jessie J, and Nicki Minaj. I have a really pretty planner with all my assignments and upcoming deadlines. I'm on my phone so much, it's nice to take a little break from it once in a while. I'm a journalism major with minors in international studies and Spanish. This semester I'm also taking French. Binders help me stay organized. I live off campus so I do lots of walking. I'm always listening to music; right now I'm loving Demi Lovato's "Sorry Not Sorry." I'll hear something I like from the "hype music" they play before volleyball games and I'll run home and add it to my Apple Music. We play all the volleyball and basketball games in Bender Arena. We put pom-poms on our music stands to make them look more festive. We use the clappers for "Crazy Train" by Ozzy Osbourne—another one of my favorite tunes. I'm always on the go and an iPhone battery only lasts so long. If I'm not in class, I'm on my laptop. I like working in McKinley or the Mud Box in the library.