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Augie in their own words

2022年2月25日

Oh the places they’ll go! Four Augustana graduates share a piece of their Augie experience 而且 advice for future Vikings. 

Ivan Starenko ' 20

I was a transfer student, 而且 I was able to double major in 工程物理 而且 德国 双辅修 数学 而且 爵士乐的研究.

Having been a transfer student, with prior experiences at another liberal 艺术s school, I truly believe there is a quality to the faculty 而且 staff at Augustana that goes beyond any statistic.

的 mentorship of my professors, advisors 而且 instructors st而且s out as one of the most profound 而且 impactful elements of my experience, 而且 it helped ensure my success at Augie 而且 beyond. 

奥吉的建议: “的re’s nothing wrong with being an unorthodox student! Everyone’s figuring themselves out in college, so live your life with no holds barred 而且 know there’s nothing wrong with your pace or your experience being different.”

Ivan is a graduate student in mechanical engineering at the University of Minnesota Twin Cities. 他用他的 奥吉的选择 to study music 而且 physics 在德国 — then stayed the summer for an engineering 实习
 

奥斯汀·埃利奇,20年

My time at Augustana st艺术ed with basketball, but it ended being more than I ever could’ve imagined. 的re’s a sense of closeness you feel right away — a feeling I felt on my first 访问 而且 still feel to this day.

I undoubtedly was a better version of myself walking off campus, than I was walking on. 的 athletics staff, my design professor 薇琪菲普斯,工作人员在 核心 — there are so many people I could list from Augie who helped build me into who I’ve become today.

That doesn't end at graduation 而且, for that, I will always be grateful I chose Augustana. 

奥吉的建议: “的 small class sizes played a pivotal role in allowing me to get authentic feedback, criticism 而且 support I’ve been able to carry into my professional career. Augustana 100% prepared me for life after school. I have my Augie 'A' sitting on my desk as a reminder.” 

奥斯汀是 平面设计师 而且 animator for the NFL based in Los Angeles. He creates graphics for the NFL social media channels.
 

创世纪一诺里’21

我的专业是 政治科学 辅修了 通信, 哲学 而且 道德. And had a, maybe, unusual mentor along the way. 的 president of Augustana! 

我会和 总统巴尔 about my interests in law 而且 politics, 而且 my passion in advancing disadvantaged people's lives for my future career. 受他的启发, 而且 his past experiences as a lawyer, I applied for a spring 实习 program with Congresswoman Cheri Bustos' local office in Rock Isl而且.

的 wonderful experience there led me to intern 而且 work p艺术-time at 世界救援, a nonprofit focused on helping immigrants 而且 refugees, for three years.

这两个关键 实习 experiences 而且 my various leadership roles at Augie made me realize, given my privileged position, that I feel obliged to fight against educational injustice 而且 improve the lives of people in my community through the means of public 而且 nonprofit management. 

奥吉的建议: Find those h而且s-on experiences 而且 实习s. “That’s one of the things I’ll carry for the rest of my life…. How can we help people who are in need?”

Genesis is a graduate student in public administration at Cornell University 而且 an urban-planning graduate research assistant at Cornell’s college of architecture, 艺术, 和规划, where she assists on a first-ever global project on surveying world executive leaders of local governments in approximately 1,000个城市.
 

Eric Tabaka ' 20

出国留学 opportunities available for students are incredible! 我的专业是 音乐教育 与一个 历史 小, 而且 I was able to travel internationally twice during my four years — going to Spain with the Symphonic B而且 而且 Jamaica with the education dep艺术ment.

在牙买加, I had the opportunity to teach students at the Alpha Academy, 而且 we ran into Usain Bolt on the beach! It was a once-in-a-lifetime experience. 

Being involved in Greek life helped shape my development outside of the classroom. I was in Delta Omega Nu, a social fraternity, 而且 Phi Mu Alpha, a music service fraternity. P艺术icipating in service events got me involved in the broader Augustana community 而且 the Quad Cities as a whole. 

奥吉的建议:积极参与! “I became involved in more organizations than I anticipated, 而且 held a leadership role in nearly all of them. All these experiences have shaped me into a more well-rounded person 而且 stronger leader.”

埃里克,先生. Tabaka to his students, is a K-8 general music 而且 vocal music teacher in Vinton, Iowa. 

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