Diana Romo – A Lasting Legacy
Diana Romo – Junior
Although she is working hard to finish the five-year music education program in four years, Diana Romo still makes time to be involved in a variety of fine arts activities at Florida College. She recently starred in the annual spring musical, “Once Upon a Mattress,” as Princess Winifred.
“It was probably one of the most fun shows I have ever had the chance to be a part of because I got to act completely ridiculous on stage and people thought it was hilarious,” Diana said.
Diana’s extensive involvement on campus helps her to hone her skills and prepare her for her career as a music teacher. Diana is a member of the Florida College Chorus, the Chamber Singers and the Wind Ensemble. She has also been a part of each of the spring musicals and enjoys the encouragement that she feels as a part of the cast.
“Every night, one of my favorite things that we do is gather in what we call the magic circle,” Diana said. “We cross our arms, pray and sing through a verse of ‘In His Time.’ Every time we sing, we talk about lessons we’ve learned either from being in the cast or from the show itself. That was really encouraging.”
That encouragement is very different from what Diana felt during her time performing in theater in high school. According to Diana, she didn’t feel as comfortable as she does now being surrounded by Christians and the general attitude of her peers and directors was more negative.
Diana has also served the fine arts department as a secretary for Dr. Jon Basset. Her work organizing the spring chorus tour has helped her prepare for her future career as a music teacher, but having the opportunity to get to know Basset outside the classroom has been one of her favorite parts of working for him.
“Dr. Basset has been one of the most influential people in my life here,” Diana said.
On top of her involvement in the fine arts department, Diana has also been a member of societies, NAfME, and Ladies of Virtue and Excellence and was nominated to Who’s Who Among Students. She has served Florida College as a telecounselor, a Camp Friend and a member of SBGA. This year, Diana was also honored as Miss Florida College. Florida College has honored a Mr. and Miss Florida College every year in its existence, and this is the highest honor that the student body can bestow on their fellow students.
“I don’t think I would’ve been able to have these experiences at another institution,” Diana said.
Through it all, Diana recognizes that her Florida College experience wouldn’t be possible without the Adopt Program, and she is thankful for the people who support her.
“I can’t thank you enough,” Diana said. “It blows my mind that there are wonderful people out there who are so willing to help me. I don’t know why I would deserve it more than anyone else, but it’s such a blessing.”