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Class of 2016: majors in mind, ready for new things

We contacted some of the first members of the Class of 2016 to see what they plan to do when they arrive at Augustana this fall. Here's what we learned:

SETH HARDCASTLE ~ Centennial, Colo.

Seth Hardcastle

What are your academic interests and your major, if you have one in mind?
I plan to major in Political Science and either double major or minor in either business, economics or pre-law.

Why Augustana?
I chose Augustana because I was recruited to join the wrestling team. They had me come out for a visit last October and I made up my mind right then and there that I would go to Augie.

What favorite activities do you plan to continue at Augustana?
I plan on wrestling and may or may not sing in a choir.

Do you want to try out any new academic or extracurricular interests?
I am very excited to try out new activities and join groups to expand my horizons and find my true fit.

What is one thing you will be sure to bring with you to campus?
One thing I will be sure to bring with me to campus is a picture of my family.

ELIJAH OLSON ~ Elgin, Ill.

Elijah Olson

What are your academic interests and your major, if you have one in mind?
My academic interests involve everything music related. I plan on studying Instrumental Music Education. I would also love to study Jazz at Augie.

Why Augustana?
I chose Augustana for a couple of reasons. The main reason is Augustana has a fantastic Education program as well as a fantastic Music program. I also chose Augie because of the campus and staff. The campus is so welcoming. The staff is always there to help and they are truly passionate in what they are teaching.

What favorite activities do you plan to continue at Augustana?
I plan to continue playing music as I will be auditioning for Augie's Bands in the fall. I love to play and Augustana has a great music department that I would love to be a part of.

Do you want to try out any new academic or extracurricular interests at Augustana?
I know I would love to try something new at Augie. I'm not sure what that will be, but I know it's waiting for me.

What is one thing you will be sure to bring with you when you move to campus in August?
I will be sure to bring my Ipod because I know I could not live without my music.

QUINN FOLEY ~ Orland Park, Ill.

Quinn Foley

What are your academic interests and your major, if you have one in mind?
I'm currently undecided, but I want to go into something business related.

Why Augustana?
I go to a really big high school and the students are basically numbers; because Augustana is a small school, students are not numbers, and the staff actually knows them and I like that. Also, everyone is so nice.

What favorite activities do you plan to continue at Augustana?
I will continue playing lacrosse for the women's lacrosse team next year.

Do you want to try out any new academic or extracurricular interests at Augustana?
I definitely want to join a sorority, and anything else that sounds fun.

What is one thing you will be sure to bring with you when you move to campus in August?
As many shoes as I possibly can. I have separation anxiety from them!

CHANEL LAVIGNE' ~ Chicago, Ill.

Chanel LaVigne

What are your academic interests and your planned major, if you have one in mind?
I want to major in Biology and double minor in psychology and French.

Why Augustana?
I chose Augustana because I felt that I would feel at home there, I think that I can succeed with all the things they put in front of me. The professors are very interactive and they are willing to help you out with any conflict you come across in their classes.

What favorite activities do you plan to continue at Augustana?
I plan on running track, remaining involved in student government, and joining the choir.

Do you want to try out any new academic or extracurricular interests at Augustana?
I want to try and join a debate team.

What is one thing you will be sure to bring with to campus?
I will be sure to bring my smile, warm personality, and especially my brains. I will also bring my hard working skills because I will need those to succeed at Augie.

BONNIE THORNTON ~ Mt. Vernon, Iowa

Bonnie Thornton

What are your academic interests and your major, if you have one in mind?
I have really mixed feelings about which major I will eventually choose, but I love all things dealing with languages and would love to look into Political Science.

Why Augustana?
There are a lot of great reasons to choose Augustana: academics, financial aid, activities, job placement ... for me what sealed the deal was a really good visit, a great over-night stay, and how comfortable I felt meeting with the professors and students around campus. Once I made my decision, I couldn't imagine going anywhere else.

What favorite activities do you plan to continue at Augustana?
Orchestra + Cello Section = SCORE!

Do you want to try out any new academic or extracurricular interests at Augustana?
I really want to try out the Classics or Scandinavian Studies. As far as extracurricular activities goes: I'd love to try Quidditch (at least as a spectator) and explore the other options that are out there.

What is one thing you will be sure to bring with you to campus? A dictionary.
It has just as many, if not more, uses as any Swiss Army knife that I've ever had.

SUZIE GEISLER ~ DeKalb, Ill.

Suzie Geisler

What are your academic interests and your major, if you have one in mind?
I plan to receive a bachelor's in Psychology with a minor in Spanish.

Why Augustana?
You can't go wrong with a Liberal Arts education! I fell in love with
Augustana when I found out about the small class sizes, the graduation
rate, and Augie Choir.

What favorite activities do you plan to continue at Augustana?
I will definitely continue to sing in a choir while in college and
participate in the Spanish Club. I also want to take up piano again!

Do you want to try out any new academic or extracurricular interests?
I've been thinking about campus ministries, but I'm not totally sure yet.

What is one thing you will be sure to bring with you to campus?
Since I can't smuggle my cat into my dorm room, I'll just have to take
a picture of him with me!

AUSTIN SCHOECK ~ Rock Island, Ill.

Austin Schoeck

What are your academic interests and your major, if you have one in mind?
I plan to double major in Political Science & either History or Business. I also plan to go on to law school after my four years here at Augustana.

Why Augustana?
I chose Augustana because it is a small school that has a big school feel. The faculty and administration at Augie truly care about each individual and will help them succeed. I didn't want to go to some huge school and just be a number in the teachers' eyes. Augustana made me feel wanted from the moment I began my college search.

What favorite activities do you plan to continue at Augustana?
I plan to play tennis for all four years; hopefully I will start off at varsity right away. I also want to continue the volunteer work and club activities I did during high school.

Do you want to try out any new academic or extracurricular interests at Augustana?
Yes, I am interested in a few particular clubs, Habitat for Humanity, and also Greek life.

What is one thing you will be sure to bring with you to campus? A dictionary.
I will be sure to bring my very sociable and fun personality.

JENNA PARENTE ~ Frankfort, Ill.

Jenna Parente

What are your academic interests and your major, if you have one in mind?
I will be studying environmental studies

Why Augustana?
beautiful campus, everyone is so friendly too!

What favorite activities do you plan to continue at Augustana?
dance and violin

Do you want to try out any new academic or extracurricular interests?
dance team!

What is one thing you will be sure to bring with you to campus?
my lion pillow pet

JADYN DERR ~ Sioux Falls, S.D.

Jaydn Derr

What are your academic interests and your planned major, if you have one in mind?
My favorite subjects are English and Psychology. However, I am also interested in Communications. At this point, I think I want to double major in English and Psychology and minor in either (or maybe both!) Business or Communications.

Why Augustana?
I picked Augustana because I love the numbers! It is so exciting to know so many people are graduating with double or triple majors. But of course, that's not the only reason I picked Augie. Like all visitors, I found myself completely enamored with the campus. It is by far the most enchanting campus I visited this past summer. It felt right being on campus. Everyone was so friendly and I can truly envision myself as a Viking. I can't wait until I'm actually living it next year!

What favorite activities do you plan to continue at Augustana?
I currently volunteer with Big Brothers Big Sisters Association and it has been one of the most rewarding experiences I could have asked for. I volunteer with a few other organizations as well and being a volunteer is a non-negotiable part of my life. It is definitely something I will continue at Augustana.

Do you want to try out any new academic or extracurricular interests at Augustana?
I am excited about the idea of joining WAUG and potentially ADS. There are so many opportunities to be involved at Augie, it seems impossible to sort through all the options already! I'm sure once I get on campus I'll be trying out almost every club or extracurricular!

What is one thing you will be sure to bring with you when you move to campus in August?
A webcam. I know I'll miss my family terribly since I will be over 400 miles away, but I know this is the best decision for me.

ALLISON DZIK ~ Rockford, Ill.

Allison Dzik

What are your academic interests and your major, if you have one in mind?
I am not entirely sure yet, but I'm considering an Elementary Education major with a possible second major in Creative Writing.

Why Augustana?
From the moment I stepped on campus, I knew that Augie was the perfect place for me! The staff and students are so kind, energetic, and welcoming. I always feel right at home!

What favorite activities do you plan to continue at Augustana?
During the past four years, I've been involved in various service organizations. I love to volunteer both at my high school and in my community! Another passion of mine is the theater! I hope to continue these activities as soon as I get to Augustana.

Do you want to try out any new academic or extracurricular interests?
Definitely! I want to be extremely involved at Augustana! I'm really active at my high school and that's the way I like it. I really don't like having idle time on my hands. I find that I'm much happier and more productive if I keep busy. For starters, I'm interested in being a part of CUBOM, joining a sorority, and auditioning for Heywire Productions.

What is one thing you will be sure to bring with you to campus? My enthusiasm!

LAUREN CARLSON ~ Williamsburg, Ill.

Lauren Carlson

What are your academic interests and your major, if you have one in mind?
I plan on double majoring in music performance and neuroscience.

Why Augustana?
I chose Augustana because it has an amazing music program, offers neuroscience, and because I feel comfortable here.

What favorite activities do you plan to continue at Augustana?
I plan of continuing to participate in music while I am at Augustana.

Do you want to try out any new academic or extracurricular interests at Augustana?
I hope to try as many new things as possible.

What is one thing you will be sure to bring with you to campus? A dictionary.
One thing that I will definately bring to campus ins my laptop and my lucky music blanket.

JORDAN FRANKS ~ Aledo, Ill.

Jordan Franks

What are your academic interests and your major, if you have one in mind?
One class that I have always seemed to excel in is English. I consider myself very unique because, unlike some, I enjoy reading books and writing papers. I look forward to bringing these capabilities to the next level. I plan to major in English (Writing) while at Augustana College.

Why Augustana?
I knew Augustana was the right college for me because many family members and friends gladly recommended it to me. My older sister graduated from Augustana in 2008 and she has always regarded it as a great place to learn. So much so, she is currenlty working at Augustana in the Admissions Department (Hey, Jul). My brother-in-law attended Augustana also. Many of my cousins have attended Augustana as well and are excited that I picked Augie as my next step. My band teacher also attended Augustana and he has always raved about how great the band program is. I have visited the campus many times for football games, basketball games, and high school band festivities. It has a great location and the campus always looks welcoming.

What favorite activities do you plan to continue at Augustana?
While at Mercer County High School, I have run cross-country for four years and track for three years and had a lot of fun. I plan to look into running cross-country and track at Augie. I have also participated in Band for four years and I plan to look into that also.

Do you want to try out any new academic or extracurricular interests?
I have yet to look into a lot of clubs at Augustana, but one that I would like to create (if there is not one already) is an Improv club. Improvisational comedy has always entertained me. I would love to learn more about the art of improvisation and definitely perform it.

What is one thing you will be sure to bring with you to campus?
One thing that I will definitely bring with me to campus is my personality. My sense of humor, responsibility, and enthusiasm will definitely push me to whatever goal I will try to attain.

ROBERT SCOTT ~ Collierville, Tenn.

Robert Scott

What are your academic interests and your planned major, if you have one in mind?
I plan to study in Business Administration and am considering a double major in Pre-PT.

Why Augustana?
It was a tie between the small class sizes and the campus itself. I fell in love with Augustana after my official visit during the fall when all the leaves on the trees were changing and snow was on the ground. My Dad is a '79 alum and he is the one who really brought Augustana to the forefront of my college decision.

What favorite activities do you plan to continue at Augustana?
I am looking forward to playing soccer for Augustana next year as well as getting involved with the community through volunteer work.

Do you want to try out any new academic or extracurricular interests at Augustana?
Yes, I'm really excited for the opportunity to travel abroad, as well as joining some clubs that haven't been offered to me before.

What is one thing you will be sure to bring with you when you move to campus in August?
My laptop and Xbox 360.

JILLIAN JESPERSEN ~ Rock Island, Ill.

Jillian Jespersen

What are your academic interests and your planned major, if you have one in mind?
I'm really hoping to double major, one definitely in art and the other having something to do with science. My career goal is to be a forensic pathologist who happens to paint on the side!

Why Augustana?
Three things: The campus is beautiful, the science department, and its close to home - so if I had to do laundry, I could go home and do it!

What favorite activities do you plan to continue at Augustana?
The equestrian team definitely, I've been riding for 8 years. I'm also hoping to get into some new club. The possibilities are endless!

Do you want to try out any new academic or extracurricular interests at Augustana?
Yes, of course! If Augie offers it, I'll surely look into it. I'm really hoping to challenge myself this year.

What is one thing you will be sure to bring with you when you move to campus in August?
Pictures of my animals, this will be the first time in my life where I'm not living with pets!

SHYLEE GARRETT ~ Vernon Hills, Ill.

Shylee Garrett

What are your academic interests and your major, if you have one in mind?
I love being on my school newspaper, it's an actual class at my high school [Vernon Hills High School]. English has always been my favorite subject, so I look forward to continuing with writing! I am planning on a double major--Multimedia Journalism and Mass Communication, plus Pre-Law.

Why Augustana?
Augustana was the only college to truly invest in me. Augie really cared about getting to know me and helping create an environment that could foster my greatest potential. I was considered as a person in the admissions process, not a number or statistic. Augie had everything I had hoped for in a college. A great community, friendly and open minded students, a faculty that loves to educate, and a beautiful campus!

What favorite activities do you plan to continue at Augustana?
I definitely plan on continuing playing my violin in the orchestra, reporting for the newspaper [already reading up on the Augustana Observer], and continuing to volunteer in community service opportunities.

Do you want to try out any new academic or extracurricular interests?
I think the new Quidditch team sound really fun! I also want to try working with the Ad Developers club, it seems like an incredible project!

What is one thing you will be sure to bring with you when you move to campus in August?
Augustana spirit wear- I already have a homemade scarf, and I'm still searching for an awesome Viking hat.

CAITLIN DOBCZYK ~ Manhattan, Ill.

Caitlin Dobczyk

What are your academic interests and your planned major, if you have one in mind?
I am going to study biology in the pre-medicine program, and minor in pyschology.

Why Augustana?
Augustana was the only school where I actually felt "at home". The campus is beautiful & I love the small school feel. I've heard such great things about the science department, & there are so many great opportunities!

What favorite activities do you plan to continue at Augustana?
I'm not entirely sure what I want to continue with, I'm just looking forward to seeing how everything goes! I do plan on trying new things(-:

Do you want to try out any new academic or extracurricular interests at Augustana?
I played volleyball in high school, so I want to get involved in intramurals. I've heard they're really fun (-: I also would like to join a sorority & volunteer more often.

What is one thing you will be sure to bring with you when you move to campus in August?
I will definitely make sure to bring my favorite blanket. I can't study without it!

AMY ANDREJASICH ~ Peoria, Ill.

Amy Andrejasich

What are your academic interests and your major, if you have one in mind?
I'm currently going to major in Communication Sciences & Disorders.

Why Augustana?
I chose Augustana after I visited it for the first time during the scholarship competition. I couldn't believe how kind the professors were and how beautiful the campus was. I loved the small community feel and I just knew on that day that I wanted to be a Viking.

What favorite activities do you plan to continue at Augustana?
I really want to continue my volunteer work and my involvement with campus ministries.

Do you want to try out any new academic or extracurricular interests?
I can't wait to take dance classes again while at Augustana. I danced for 12 years when I was younger and I am looking forward to taking some unique classes during my four years. Maybe I'll even try out the Dance Dance Revolution Club?

What is one thing you will be sure to bring with you when you move to campus in August?
I am definitely going to bring my crayon box and Disney Princess coloring book!(:

JESSICA CAMPBELL ~ New Lenox, Ill.

Jessica Campbell

What are your academic interests and your major, if you have one in mind?
I plan on majoring in either accounting or economics. I have always had an academic interest in math but at the same time English too.

Why Augustana?
After hearing about Augustana during my college search I decided to visit the campus. I loved the campus itself, the overall atmosphere and felt at ease. Everyone made me feel comfortable and I liked the fact that Augustana is a smaller school providing a more personal education. Immediately after visiting I knew Augustana was where I wanted to attend college.

What favorite activities do you plan to continue at Augustana?
In high school I participated on the poms team but instead of continuing poms I want to pursue running. I currently run in my free time and am considering joining cross country at Augie.

Do you want to try out any new academic or extracurricular interests?
I am not sure on my choices for academics yet but I plan on joining a sorority.

What is one thing you will be sure to bring with you when you move to campus in August?
My robe! I will need it for the time spent in my dorm.

JOSH COX ~ Spring Grove, Ill.

Josh Cox

What are your academic interests and your major, if you have one in mind?
Environmental Science/Biological Sciences

Why Augustana?
Because it's a smaller school, and I think the science departments are impressive.

What favorite activities do you plan to continue at Augustana?
Hope to continue bowling with a league in the area

Do you want to try out any new academic or extracurricular interests?
Interested in checking into clubs and activities Augustana has to offer.

What is one thing you will be sure to bring with you when you move to campus in August?
My laptop

RYAN HENRY ~ Downers Grove, Ill.

Ryan Henry

What are your academic interests and your major, if you have one in mind?
My academic interests are in the field of business. My intended major is marketing.

Why Augustana?
I loved the way Augustana felt from the first time I walked onto campus. It felt like it was the right fit for me.

What favorite activities do you plan to continue at Augustana?
I plan on playing football at Augustana. I can't wait until it starts!

Do you want to try out any new academic or extracurricular interests at Augustana?
I'm very open to joining extracurricular activities. Hopefully I can get a job while I'm there too.

What is one thing you will be sure to bring with you when you move to campus in August?
I will be sure to bring money for some new Augustana clothes.

FRANKI COMPERE ~ Wheaton, Ill.

What are your academic interests and your major, if you have one in mind?
I am interested in becoming a veterinarian and at Augustana I have decided to pursue the pre-vet biology major.

Why Augustana?
I chose Augustana because of the amazing pre-vet program, the equestrian team, and the opportunity to continue playing cello in college as a non-music major student. I also love the tight-knit feel of the beautiful campus.

What favorite activities do you plan to continue at Augustana?
Favorite activities that I intend to continue are dressage (a form of horseback riding) which is a passion of mine as well as playing cello in orchestra. These were two major deciding factors between Augie and my other top choice school.

Do you want to try out any new academic or extracurricular interests at Augustana?
I am very interested in competing on the equestrian team which is something I haven’t had a chance to do before, as well as try out the fencing club!

What is one thing you will be sure to bring with you when you move to campus in August?
One thing I will for sure be bringing with me to Augie is a pair or two of my under-armor leggings for cold nights at the barn!

HAILEY COULTER ~ Silvis, Ill.

Hailey Coulter

What are your academic interests and your major, if you have one in mind? 
I would love to go into Accounting and Business for my Dual Major.

Why Augustana?
I felt at home as soon as I visited the campus. Plus the campus is BEAUTIFUL!!! :)

What favorite activities do you plan to continue at Augustana? 
Band for sure since I have played flute since 6th grade. Then join a club that is active with volunteering.

Do you want to try out any new academic or extracurricular interests at Augustana? 
I will probably join a club that I haven't ever been a part of to gain new experiences. And maybe an intramural activity.

What is one thing you will be sure to bring with you when you move to campus in August? 
I don't live that far away but I plan on bringing my camera so I capture a lot of memories on campus.

KYLE DONER ~ Erie, Colo.

Kyle Doner

What are your academic interests and your major, if you have one in mind? 
I'm interested in economics and business.

Why Augustana?
I wanted to go to Augie because of how well they recruited me to play lacrosse. They helped me find a school and team that fit with what I always wanted.

What favorite activities do you plan to continue at Augustana? 
Well, lacrosse absolutely. I want to join an advertising club that one of the guides told me about, as well, last time I was visiting.

Do you want to try out any new academic or extracurricular interests at Augustana? 
I would love to learn how to play the ukulele while I'm at Augie. A strange side thing to do but, who doesn't enjoy one of those upbeat tunes from a ukulele?

What is one thing you will be sure to bring with you when you move to campus in August? 
I will definitely bring my large collection of movies. I'm a movie fanatic and that will stay true all my life.

JOSH AVALOS ~ Ontario, Calif.

Josh Avalos

What are your academic interests and your major, if you have one in mind? 
My academic interest is math but I going to hopefully double major in Vocal Performance and Music Education Voice with a minor in German.

Why Augustana?
From my first visit I felt welcome. The staff was always there making sure that I had everything. Plus the campus is beautiful and and there's SNOW.

What favorite activities do you plan to continue at Augustana? 
I will definitely be involved in music.

Do you want to try out any new academic or extracurricular interests at Augustana? 
I would like to become part of Phi Mu Alpha the music fraternity and some clubs.

What is one thing you will be sure to bring with you when you move to campus in August? 
Takis (They're a kind of chips)