Paul Landahl '15, history and mathematics; Working for the Southwest Conservation Corps., Salida Ranger District, Salida, Colorado, with plans for graduate school in 2016
"I'm really surprised about the accuracy of the silly motivational quote "Anything worth doing isn't easy." [At Augustana], I pushed and challenged myself beyond my preconceived physical, emotional and mental capacities. I never thought I could become a Class IV whitewater raft guide, navigating the rapids of the Royal Gorge and Browns Canyon. I never thought I could successfully handle a long-distance relationship for several months. I never thought I could graduate cum laude with two tough majors with ZERO overlapping classes.... I really think I am an overall better person for
going through these tough tasks."
Sami Turner '15, history and anthropology majors, art history minor; Pursuing master's in museum studies at Western Illinois University
"I came to Augie knowing I wanted to major in history, but that was it. I had an interest in museums, but had no idea that interest would turn out to be what I actually did with my life, or would lead me to two other fields of study! I think if you'd told freshman me everything I'd be doing as a senior, I wouldn't have believed you."
Alexander Vlastnik '13, history and classical studies; Pursuing master's in history at Western Illinois University
"I was drawn to Augustana by the accessibility and friendly nature of the school. Selling points such as no teaching assistants and the ability to have a faculty advisor who worked in my area of study helped me make my decision.
My advisor in the classics department, Dr. Kramer, helped me immensely by sitting down with me and figuring out a program of study that would fit my needs, as well as helping me look for institutions for continuing my education after graduation. Dr. Calder [in history] also helped me as an advisor in working through my Senior Inquiry and helping me refine my approach to the research and writing process."
Angela Corsa '10, history, Spanish and English; Completed master's in Latin American Studies at the University of Chicago; currently a bilingual nonprofit program manager in Chicago
"My time at Augustana was invaluable. I met amazing people ... who helped me to figure out what I wanted to do with my life and shaped me as an individual. I also had experiences that I don't think I would have been privileged to have otherwise, such as studying abroad in Ecuador and doing an interdisciplinary senior project with the history and Spanish departments.
I think one of my favorite memories happened during my first year in my LSFY class with Dr. Ellis. He told us he did not want to discuss Marx because he disagreed so strongly with his theories, so he had a guest lecturer for the day and left. We sat there confused for a minute waiting, and he came back in came back into the room, stood at the podium, and annouced, "Hello. I'm Karl Marx." He taught the entire class in character. I have no doubt that this experience contributed to my final decision to become a history major"