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Class of 2017: Majors in mind, ready for new things

We contacted some of the first members of the Class of 2017 to see what they plan to do when they arrive at Augustana this fall.

Here's what we learned:

Morgan Petriko

Des Plaines, Ill.

Morgan Petriko

What are your academic interests and your major, if you have one in mind?
Physical therapy

Why Augustana?
From the moment I stepped on campus I knew Augustana was the place for me! From the friendly students and staff the campus just felt like a second home to me. Even though Augie is a small school is has a bigger school feeling and I love how there's endless opportunities for all students.

What favorite activities do you plan to continue at Augustana?
I plan on continuing swimming and also being on the equestrian team.

Do you want to try out any new academic or extracurricular interests at Augustana?
I definitely want to join a sorority and try to do some intramural sports. I also want to try to be a student athletic trainer.

What is one thing you will be sure to bring with you when you move to campus in August?
My goldfish shark bait.

 

Courtney "Bobo" Bohland

Marion, Iowa

Courtney Bohland

What are your academic interests and your major, if you have one in mind?
I'm interested in studying everything I can while majoring in Pre-Med and Neuroscience and hopefully minoring in Spanish.

Why Augustana?
I love everything about Augustana, from its amazing people to its breathtakingly beautiful campus. The first thing that really caught my interest was the science department, especially the unique opportunities it offers to work in the cadaver lab and spend time in the museum and planetarium. Every time I visit campus, I find something else I like about Augie, and I'm very eager to return to campus as a student in the fall.

What favorite activities do you plan to continue at Augustana?
I plan to remain very involved in theatre productions, either on stage or behind the scenes, and I could potentially seek a place in the band or choir as well.

Do you want to try out any new academic or extracurricular interests?
I am very excited for all of the opportunities Augustana offers that my high school could not, such as fencing and advanced science classes.

What is one thing you will be sure to bring with you to campus?
I'm definitely going to bring my D&D books, a positive attitude and an eagerness to learn as much as I can.

Andrea Liebgott

Littleton, Colo.

Andrea Liebgott

What are your academic interests and your major, if you have one in mind?
My intended major is physical therapy.

Why Augustana?
I chose Augustana because of the physical therapy program and their women's lacrosse team. I had the opportunity to have an overnight with some of the lacrosse girls, and they made me feel right at home.

What favorite activities do you plan to continue at Augustana?
I plan to continue playing lacrosse and helping out the community. 

Do you want to try out any new academic or extracurricular interests at Augustana?
I think I want to try out a new foreign language and maybe get involved with WAUG because music is a huge interest/passion of mine. 

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 photos of home — lots of photos!

Sergio Ramirez

Rockford, Ill.

Sergio Ramirez

What are your academic interests and your major, if you have one in mind?
I would love to study anatomy, and I am going to major in Spanish.

Why Augustana?
I chose Augustana because it felt like home as soon as I got there on my first college visit, and it has a very beautiful campus.

What favorite activities do you plan to continue at Augustana?
I want to play intramural sports like soccer and tennis, and lots of ultimate frisbee and ping-pong.

Do you want to try out any new academic or extracurricular interests at Augustana?
I want to try out tennis to see if I can make the team and try ultimate frisbee at the college level.

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 can't workout without it.

Rachel Hale

Chillicothe, Ill.

Rachel Hale

What are your academic interests and your major, if you have one in mind?
I plan to major in Communication Sciences and Disorders

Why Augustana?
Five years ago, I stepped onto Augustana's campus for the first time and since that day, I have known that Augustana is the college for me.  From the friendly students to the genuinely caring staff, Augustana has an environment that is truly welcoming.

What favorite activities do you plan to continue at Augustana?
Dance and music.

Do you want to try out any new academic or extracurricular interests at Augustana?
I hope to get involved in some of the many activities that Augustana offers, especially service opportunities.

What is one thing you will be sure to bring with you to campus? 
My Augustana tie blanket.

Matthew Kilbane

Libertyville, Ill.

Matthew Kilbane

What are your academic interests and your major, if you have one in mind?
I enjoy English literature and geography, but I am not sure of a major yet. 

Why Augustana?
I immediately fell in love with the campus and I felt right at home the first time I stepped on campus. 

What favorite activities do you plan to continue at Augustana?
I intend to play in band and continue playing my trumpet. I also intend to continue volunteering. 

Do you want to try out any new academic or extracurricular interests?
I look forward to joining new clubs and groups once I get to Augustana. 

What is one thing you will be sure to bring with you to campus?
A few of my favorite books.

Lizandra Gomez-Ramirez

Rock Island, Ill.

Lizandra Gomez-Ramirez

What are your academic interests and your major, if you have one in mind?
Pre-law. I am also really interested in pursuing either political science, religion, Latin studies, and sociology as a double major or minor. I have to narrow it down.

Why Augustana?
I absolutely love the campus, especially the slough. I know that I will be able to pursue my faith and music at the same time I pursue my career. 

What favorite activities do you plan to continue at Augustana?
Band, volunteer work, and reading. 

Do you want to try out any new academic or extracurricular interests at Augustana?
I've heard a lot about the debate club, and I am intrigued. 

What is one thing you will be sure to bring with you to campus? 
I will bring my curiosity to absorb everything I can! 

Robert Rosene

Bourbonnais, Ill.

Robert Rosene

What are your academic interests and your major, if you have one in mind?
Economics and Business Administration.

Why Augustana?
I chose Augustana for many reasons. I was mostly drawn to the school due to the environment it creates for its student-athletes, as I will be playing baseball. The school puts great emphasis on academics and athletics, as evident by the number of Academic All-Americans it has produced. Regarding my major, the focus on networking and internships is important, especially in this day and age. The Augie Choice program provides an excellent opportunity for me to get the experience I need to begin my career. Nestled between the Rock and Mississippi Rivers, the Rock Island area is one of the most beautiful in Illinois. I was very impressed by the beauty of the campus and the top-level facilities. It's great to know that the school is investing in itself and is making an effort to better each student's experience. The new Center for Student Life and football stadium are going to set this school apart from others even more. 

What favorite activities do you plan to continue at Augustana?
I was recruited to play baseball at Augustana, so I will be on the team this fall. I hope to be able to continue my community service with United Way and any other opportunities that present themselves. I'm hoping to put myself in leadership roles because this will translate into my career path. On a lighter note, I am sure I will have time to fish on the many waterways in the area and just enjoy myself.  

Do you want to try out any new academic or extracurricular interests?
I am looking forward to joining the newly formed Investor's Club and the Business Club (Beta Upsilon Sigma).

What is one thing you will be sure to bring with you to campus?
The cowboy boots that I bought at Pard's Western Shop in Milan, Ill. 

Caitlin Slone

Normal, Ill.

Caitlin Slone

What are your academic interests and your planned major, if you have one in mind?
Double major in political science and international business, minor in French.

Why Augustana?
Augustana has always felt like home for me. Everyone there, from the staff to the students, is so incredibly friendly and genuinely love Augustana. I knew I wanted the small school atmosphere so Augustana is definitely the right fit for me.

What favorite activities do you plan to continue at Augustana?
Definitely French Club! 

Do you want to try out any new academic or extracurricular interests at Augustana?
I plan on playing on the club water polo team and checking out the Debate Team!

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

Libby Lange

Cascade, Iowa

Libby Lange

What are your academic interests and your major, if you have one in mind?
I'm thinking of going into Asian studies, focusing on Chinese!

Why Augustana?
My dad, sister and brother all went to Augie before me, so you could say it's kind of a family tradition. I felt at home from the minute I stepped on campus!

What favorite activities do you plan to continue at Augustana?
I'm not entirely sure yet!

Do you want to try out any new academic or extracurricular interests at Augustana?
I'm thinking of taking some Spanish and history classes, and I'd love to do volunteer and service work!

What is one thing you will be sure to bring with you to campus?
Definitely lots of good music!

Kelsey Cunningham

Aurora, Colo.

Kelsey Cunningham

What are your academic interests and your major, if you have one in mind?
I plan to major in biology and pre-physical therapy.

Why Augustana?
I chose Augustana because I was recruited to join the track and field team. I came out for a visit in January and had an amazing overnight stay. I loved the campus and the students and I could really see myself succeeding there. I also wanted to go out-of-state for college, and Augustana seems like the perfect fit for me.

What favorite activities do you plan to continue at Augustana?
I'm going to run track and field. 

Do you want to try out any new academic or extracurricular interests?
I definitely want to join a sorority and hopefully be a part of some kind of dance team. I also plan on joining a few clubs.

What is one thing you will be sure to bring with you to campus?
I will be sure to bring my fun-loving and outgoing personality.

Tim Nelligan

Belvidere, Ill.

Tim Nelligan

What are your academic interests and your major, if you have one in mind?
I would like to become a veterinarian. I enjoy the science side of school more than any other. I am majoring in Pre-Veterinary.

Why Augustana?
I chose Augustana because it seems like just the right fit for me. I wanted a smaller school where everybody can get to know each other but I also wanted a place where there is a lot to do and Augustana offered that to me.

What favorite activities do you plan to continue at Augustana?
I love playing tennis and I also love to work out. The gym at Augie will be great for me to continue this. Also, I love to play Ultimate Frisbee and this is a sport that can be done anywhere around campus. Augustana will let me hang out with friends and enjoy all the fun sports and activities that I love to do here at home.

Do you want to try out any new academic or extracurricular interests?
I want to maybe join some intramural sports and get to know some other people who love the things that I love to do. Also, I want to join a fraternity, and I think this will be a fun experience at Augustana.

What is one thing you will be sure to bring with you to campus?
I will be sure to bring a Frisbee and my tennis racket. Also I will bring a football to throw around and all my Augustana memorabilia that I have acquired from attending all the visit days. And I won’t forget to bring warm clothes for the cold days on campus.

Colette Salinas

West Chicago, Ill.

colette salinas

What are your academic interests and your major, if you have one in mind?
I'm planning to major in history education with a minor in French.

Why Augustana?
I love the atmosphere! Small schools are so much better because you end up with a better education. Everyone I met is also extremely nice! I can't wait to be a fellow Viking.

What favorite activities do you plan to continue at Augustana?
I might be a part of the badminton club and the French club.

Do you want to try out any new academic or extracurricular interests?
I definitely want to study abroad! It's number one on my to-do list. Other than that I'm thinking of possibly writing for the school paper.

What is one thing you will be sure to bring with you to campus?
An open mind and a lot of movies to share with everyone!

Henry Roderick

Rock Island, Ill.

Henry Roderick

What are your academic interests and your planned major, if you have one in mind?
Science

Why Augustana?
Following in the footsteps of my parents.

What favorite activities do you plan to continue at Augustana?
Drumming

Do you want to try out any new academic or extracurricular interests at Augustana?
Intramural sports

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

My positive attitude