Hannah Lim ’14 grew up in Redlands, and always knew that one day she would become a Bulldog.
“I went to Cope Middle School and Redlands High School, and naturally this is where I ended up,” she said. “I took piano lessons here starting at three-and-a-half, through the Community Music School. I grew up on this campus.”
Lim enjoyed playing the piano, but she didn’t get serious about it until high school.
“I decided then that I wanted to actually pursue it, so I auditioned at the University,” she said. “Because I started at such a young age, it’s grown to be a part of me. I can’t imagine not playing the piano. Someone has always been playing it at my house, whether it was me or my parents or my brothers.”
While at Redlands, Lim was encouraged to break out of her comfort zone by her professors.
“When I tell my professors that I have a certain interest in something, they push me even further and give me more opportunities,” she said. “I wasn’t originally involved in [the] PAH-Fest [competition], but a piano professor told me about it. I wouldn’t have thought about it on my own, and my team ended up winning.”
The piano is what got Lim into the School of Music, but during her studies she discovered another passion: audio engineering. She has applied to McGill in Montreal, a school that has a strong sound recording program.
“I found other interests,” she said. “I slowly got involved in audio engineering, and I love behind the scenes work, and working with other students to put out a recording. I enjoy helping those who love to perform get their songs out there. I’ve been taking more outside classes, and hardly had any music classes this semester or last. I plan on working as an audio engineer, and I know for audio engineering you need more of a math and science background.”
Before she graduates, Lim will give one more performance of a lifetime, as she accompanies her friend Mounika Parimi ’14, who will sing at the College of Arts and Sciences Commencement.
“We’ve known each other since high school,” Lim said. “We performed together at Baccalaureate in high school, and kind of went in thinking we probably wouldn’t make it. We were really surprised when we did, and it is really exciting.”
Written by: Catherine Garcia