Misty Jordan graduated from Anderson University this spring as a marketing major with a concentration in music business, but she didn’t take a typical route to reach her final semester of college at AU.
“I didn’t exactly grow up in a Christian home,” Jordan said. She never went to church until after she graduated from high school. Jordan applied to Indiana University where she pursued chemistry and pre-optometry.
“I was always the ‘smart kid’ and everyone expected me to be a doctor, so I went with that,” she said. Jordan realized soon after she began at IU that she didn’t belong.
“IU was too big,” Jordan said. “I felt like a very small fish in a very big pond.” By the end of the first semester, Jordan needed a change of scenery, and AU was just the place.
“There were so many little things that I liked,” Jordan said. “Like walking into the bathroom and hearing worship music, everybody you pass says hi to you and knows you by name, and professors are personal here instead of being lost in a lecture hall.” The list went on. Jordan learned the hard way in her first semester of college what it was that she really wanted from a school, but she admits that she still really had no idea what she wanted to do.
“I wasn’t doing what I wanted to do and what I was passionate for, and it took two and a half years to figure that out,” Jordan said. Things started to come apart during the fall semester of junior year. Her grades started to slip, and then they fell completely. She wasn’t motivated by chemistry and pre-med and she lost interest. “I knew I had to do something different, I just didn’t know what that was,” Jordan said. Her friends kept asking her why she wasn’t pursuing a music business major because music consumed her entire life. “I just didn’t think music could be a career path,” Jordan said.
Jordan measured success as reaching a point where her life was better than it was growing up, and she didn’t think that music would get her the life that she desired. With only one year left, a major she didn’t want to have anymore, and no plans for the future, Jordan, defeated, visited the Career Development Center (CDC) at AU. By the end of her visit, she had changed her major to marketing with a concentration in music business.
“I didn’t expect to graduate on time, but somehow, everything fell into place perfectly and I was still on track to graduate this year,” Jordan said. “The right doors have seemed to open and it seemed like the right plan. It’s God’s plan instead of the plan I had for myself.” Jordan credits the CDC and her advisor for working through the jigsaw puzzle of scheduling conflicts to put together a plan that came to fruition in May with her crossing the stage during graduation.
Jordan acknowledged that she was behind when she changed her major, but the pieces fell perfectly into place for her. At a Christian music festival this summer, Jordan ran into a man who gave her name to the internship coordinator for Fair Trade Services — formerly INO Records — which is the label for MercyMe and other popular Christian music groups. When she was in Nashville last summer for a music business conference, Jordan met with the internship coordinator and toured the label’s facility. As classes began again in the fall, Jordan sent a résumé to Fair Trade Services with hopes of attaining a summer internship. Soon after, the label called. “I was really nervous, but the conversation ended with them telling me that I had the internship,” Jordan said.
Jordan anticipates the internship will tell her where she fits in the industry. “The music industry is so big that I don’t want to close any doors,” Jordan said. She wants to pursue music as a ministry and she is not wavering on that. “My two greatest passions are Jesus and music,” Jordan said. “And music is really what helped me find and grow in my faith.”
Becky Chappell, an AU professor integral in Jordan’s success in the marketing and music business major, frequently reminded Jordan that “every business is the music business.” The gravity and reach of music does not escape Jordan. She sees how powerful a tool music can be to reach out to people and serve as a common language to share the gospel. “Music has played a huge role in my faith, personality, passions, goals, values, and life as a whole,” Jordan said. “I know there are other souls like mine in desperate need of music and I want to reach out with music because music is what reached me.”
— Kyle Beckman is a senior from Auburn, Ind., majoring in communication arts and business/information systems and minoring in political science. Beckman is an associate with Fifth Street Communications™, writing on behalf of the Anderson University Office of University Communications.
Anderson University is a private Christian university of 2,600 undergraduate and graduate students in central Indiana. Anderson University continues to be recognized as one of America's top colleges by U.S. News and World Report, The Princeton Review, and Forbes. Established in 1917 by the Church of God, Anderson University offers more than 65 undergraduate majors and graduate programs in business, education, music, nursing, and theology.