A window inside life at Augustana College


Hello everyone,

Today I want to share my dorm experience thus far.  I am well aware that I am a little behind schedule, but I still feel that it is necessary that people get a good perspective on each of the Residence Halls, because each dorm is so unique its own way.  You have a variety of opportunities and each dorm is it’s own experience.  Today I am going to give you a tour of our lovely Residence Hall; Seminary!


I will admit that Seminary was not my first pick, but that’s probably a good thing to not expect the unexpected.  Seminary has been a wonderful living hall and everyone is so tight nit that I can’t seem to get enough of it.

Now I shall give you a little background information before I start giving you the grand tour.  First off, Why is the dorm called “Seminary”?  Well, if you do a little history research, you’ll find that a long time ago in the 1900′s, Augustana was a Seminary School for future pastures and preachers.  The dorm itself was an all-guys living hall.

To make this more interesting and to connect a little family history to this post,  my grandfather graduated from Seminary at Augustana in the early 1960′s!  When I got tossed that family fact, it made living in Seminary that more exciting and special.


Some of the major advantages to living in Seminary is:

1. Close to sports Facilities

2. In the dead center of Campus!


4.  You get a Double room (Two rooms: A study room/A bedroom)

5. You get to live alongside, not just one, but 2 other lovely roommates that you will learn to love!

6.  Seminary is the least DRAMATIC dorm of the 5 Residential Halls

7.  It is small tight nit family.  There are only 80 students assigned to the hall.

8. If you have a passion for Religion, then the Chapel is a few feet in front of you!

9. Admissions is right Below the dorms (Girls are Second floor/Guys Third floor)

10.  The observatory for Astronomy and the Geo science Museum/Building are in front!

Now for the Grand tour!


It’s not weird to take a selfie with your 2 amazing roommates, alongside your neighbor below!



Yes, we are the Mario Gang, so if

you’re up for a Mario

Cart challenge, then come on over!!

Boys and Girls, I hate to break it to you, but your dorm isn’t going to be the size of your room at home with your amazing flat screen and amazing queen sized bed.  The great thing about the college life is you learn TO SHARE!

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tiana   Naps will be your best friend in College, so be prepared to not sleep for days!! JK, but make sure you are doing your work.  Naps are good though!  Well, thank you for walking through this short tour of Seminary!  If you have any questions let me know!

 *If you are very confused about my title, then do realize that your next door neighbor if put in Seminary is the Chapel, so you get great views of weddings and services!*




Leave Home

Leaving home for college was one of the scariest things to happen to me so far in my life. My family had just moved from my lifetime home of Colorado Springs, Colorado to St. Louis, Missouri only two months before college started. I was going from a new town where I barely knew anyone to a new college where I literally only knew one person. Everything was constantly new, and for the first time in my life I was experiencing change all at once. And amidst all of the change, all I wanted was to be back home in Colorado Springs in my old house, with my old friends, and with that old comfortable feeling I had grown to forget. I was so mad at my situation, so mad at my parents, and ultimately so mad at God. I could not understand how he could let so many uncomfortable and challenging things happen to me all at once. I wish that during this time I had pulled out my Bible and read what Jesus tells Jacob in Genesis 28:15: “I am with you and will watch over you wherever you go…I will not leave you until I have done what I have promised you.” The key thing I missed throughout all these experiences of change was that God was always with me. He had never left me before to walk through the difficult times of life, so why would he leave now? If things were even more difficult than they had ever been before, wouldn’t he be there for me even more?


Just like God watched over Jacob on his journey and my journey, he watches over all of us on our different journeys. Leaving home and experiencing new things actually ended up being a very positive experience for me. It taught me how to deal with change, how to be more resilient, and how to find the positives in the difficult situations of life. Even though leaving home was hard, it was necessary for me to develop into the person I am today. If someone were to ask me if I wished I had stayed in Colorado Springs and never moved, I would be tempted to say yes, but ultimately I wouldn’t have wanted it any other way.


Whenever we are faced with challenges, especially the challenge of leaving home and starting new at college, we need to go into it full force because ultimately, every new change is a part of God’s plan to grow and shape us into the people He calls us to be. And I think that is a beautiful thing.



-Rebekah Gohl

Forget the Freshman 15…the Freshman Flu is much worse!

Sickness is a part of every day life. We all strongly dislike it, but sadly, we have to deal with it. With sickness comes more sickness, etc etc. Sickness keeps us from doing the things we enjoy doing, and especially the things that we don’t enjoy doing (hooray!). Everyone remembers how things went when we were sick as a child, or for some, even in high school. Our mommies took us out of school, fed us soup, and we were allowed to sleep on the couch, drink all the Gatorade we wanted (in every flavor and color imaginable of course), and watch all of the good cartoons and TV shows that we missed because we were in school. These are my fond (if anything about being sick can be considered ‘fond’) memories of when I was sick as a child and during school. Now throughout my high school career I managed to only get seriously ill once, during my freshman year. Other than little coughs and sore throats here and there, I stayed pretty healthy during the other years. However, this past week college gave me quite the wake up call. I figured that getting sick would be inevitable, but I grossly underestimated what it would be like. I assumed that I would stagger into class wearing my fluffy hot pink pajamas (because doesn’t every college student own such sleepwear?), do my work, and then go home and sleep and eat. I would tell both my friends and myself things like “Surely being sick won’t be THAT bad”, and “It’s just a little sore throat, I’ll be fiiiiiiiiiine”. Well, one week and two doctor visits later, I’ve learned my lesson. Last week I started having a sore throat and a slight cough, and I did what every young adult at my age would do, I brushed it off as nothing but allergies and the weather and continued on about my hectic, average college student sleep deprived life. By the end of the week I was absolutely miserable. I’d been coughing, shaking, you name it. I’d been running a fever and struggling to eat. On Friday night my ears started to ache. After calling my parents and strongly missing the “mommy taking me out of class and feeding me soup” fairytale I was used to, I ended up taking trips to two different doctors. In the end I was diagnosed with severe ear infections in both of my ears and a sinus infection. Long story short: it was not a good weekend.

Now this blog post was of course not intended as a means of me peddling my pity party. A good chunk of students on Augie’s campus are sick. In fact, a good chunk of people in general are sick. It’s flu season Augie. Bring on the ever changing strains of viruses that no flu shot can manage to prevent. So, I write this blog today as a means of offering some small advice. While I am a freshman, I learned a lot of valuable lessons from this past week. So without further ado, here it is:

Freshman Survival Guide for the Freshman Flu:

Tip 1: Buy a thermometer. Don’t question it. Ignore the little voice of doubt in your head and buy one. You will not regret it and don’t let anyone tell you it’s useless.

Tip 2: Don’t brush your symptoms off. If you feel sick, there’s a good chance you really are sick.

Tip 3: Drink a lot of orange juice. The CSL has plenty of OJ, and it never hurts to stock up on some for your dorm room for when you start to feel run down.

Tip 4: Go to an immediate care clinic if things really start to feel bad. Don’t make the mistake of waiting and letting your symptoms get worse.

Tip 5: Know where the nearest Walgreens and or a pharmacy/grocery store is.

Tip 6: Keep a medicine box in your dorm room. While it may see silly to have a box of cough syrup and Mucinex under your bed, it really does help to have it. You’ll never have everything, but it’s a nice feeling when you don’t have to worry about finding a way to stumble down the street to Walgreens when you’re running a 100.7 fever!

Well, I hope you all enjoyed this much too long account and guide for sick freshman. As I’m sitting here typing this I still am one of them, so with that I bid you all farewell! I hope some of these tips can help you guys from making my mistakes!


Hello Augie friends!  I don’t normally talk about touchy topics, but my goal with this blog is to not only take you through my amazing Augie experience, but to also really understand the different experiences students have and how Augie is not just a school, but a family.  The programs we have here are wonderful and there is always someone to speak at every corner of campus.  My friend here has volunteered to share an experience she feels the need to tell everyone, including future students.  She would like to share with you the uses of alcohol and how that changed her life.  Augie gave her the support she needed to spin her bad experience into an experience of learning and happiness.  She couldn’t be any happier to this very day, but wants to be that person that people can learn and relate to, just like the rest of us.  Fare warning that some of her words are very deep, but has wanted to share her story for a while.


“Alcohol and other substances have always been like mortar to me to fill in the inadequacies of my broken life.  Alcoholism or other addictions do not mean you are weak.  They do not mean that you are in any way an imperfect human being.  This mantra may seem clique or unrealistic, but I have spent years convincing myself that I cannot be defined by addiction.  Alcohol is a glorified term that has strayed from its denotation on college campuses.  Its connotation is such that it has become interchangeable with pleasurable nights and weekends.  I’m here to tell you that the promise that partying assures does not come without steep costs.  I’m sure anyone reading this knows the textbook effects of alcohol on the body and mind, but I can illustrate for you the very real consequences in the painfully true setting of my life.

It is because of my relationship with alcohol that I was raped, not once, but twice by the same offender in two different instances.  It is because of my relationship with alcohol that I have spent many a night with my head in the toilet and many a morning groaning in agony.  It is because of my relationship with alcohol that I no longer have a relationship with my family.  Alcohol harms the body, but more importantly, it harms your interpersonal relationships.  You should notice that I do not say that it is because OF alcohol that my life has become a sort of teenage tragedy.  I very much believe that we sett our own destinies, and alcohol alone did not change my life, but rather the destructive tango that I have practiced and developed with the drug have led to my downslide.  6227062d230e9796904aa600e248de76

My interactions with alcohol have set my life on a collision course with certain disaster, and this is where I hop ship  and decide to trudge my own path, although it be the lesser traveled one.  My advice for others is to trust yourself and your own judgments .  No one can tell you to abstain from alcohol, or when the scales have tipped that you now have a palpable problem.  You must look inside and find what you know to be true.  I beseech you to listen to the testimonies of your fellow classmates, learn from my mistakes and reek the benefits of a better alcohol education brought on by peers.  Do not fall prey to the false lure of alcohol, and I hope that you can see pass its glorified exterior to the rotten interior lying dormant just inside the bottle.”


As you can see, alcohol is a substance of change.  I hope you all have thought a little about this, but just remember for the future.  These were the words from one of many of your fellow Augie classmates.  Alcohol is serious business and if you aren’t smart about it then your life can change in the blink of an eye.  Don’t blame the alcohol because in the end it all comes down to you. I’ve witnessed first hand the effects this habit can have on a fellow individual.  It is not pretty.  Augie wants our campus to be a place of trust and safety.  If you can’t remember your Alcohol Ed. course that every Freshman and transfer student had to take, then go back to that and look it over.  Alcohol can lead to illness, sexual assault, prison, or even worse, death.  Don’t crumble your success over something as small as alcohol.  Be smart, but most of all BE SAFE!how_to_prevent_alcohol_addiction



Today is the marking remembrance of 14 years since the tragic morning that occurred, scarring the lives of many across the nation.  One thing is clear though; we will never forget that traumatizing day.  I will say that I won’t forget that morning on 9/11/2001 for the fact that all I could understand at the age of 6 was that fear struck our country, and that we would all drift on with this saddening memory.  The destruction, the cries, the panic, the pain, it all sounds familiar right?  We have all experienced this at some point.

I will say though, that even though this has embedded into our appalling line of history, we all have come so far into rebuilding what once stood, and also we are starting to clean up and heal the cuts and burns that marked our bodies.  Remember that strength and success don’t run on perfection and getting everything rig9-11-2001ht.  We need to fall and feel pain.  We need that rush of shock.  Even though you may fall, you will always get back up and look even further than you once did.

This is what it means to live.  We make mistakes; everybody knows that way.  NOBODY’S PERFECT!  Now when you look at where you are now, whether it’s school, work, family, or whatever your focus may be, just remember that like Haley Williams once said, “sometimes it takes a good fall to really know where you stand.”

College is about finding yourself, not following routine and doing homework late on a Sunday night.  We aren’t high schoolers anymore.  It’s time to get up and leave behind the bad moments that anchored you through this journey.  It’s time to set sail and discover new lands, new friends, and new experiences, but most of all, you want to find the NEW YOU!  Don’t let your chances run out, because remember, you only have so many.

Have a wonderful weekend everyone!  Be safe and don’t worry about falling, because we all know that you will just end up getting back up, feeling better than ever.


What is it like being an Augustana Viking?

We have all heard about my blabbing experience thus far as an Augustana Viking, but what about some of the other exotic Freshmen, who are just now taking a step into a WHOLE NEW WORLD?  I personally went around and asked some of my fellow classmates to get an insight of what their personal experience has been like at Augie, and 1. what does it mean to LIVE the AUGIE EXPERIENCE?  Also, I randomly decided to ask each individual the following questions:

2. What has your experience at Augie been like so far?

3. What is your favorite DISNEY MOTTO?

4. Have you gotten involved with any clubs or sports?

5. What is your favorite “meal” on campus?

6. Do you have any secret talents? What is it?

**If you would like to respond and share your personal answers, then leave a comment below**

Here are responses from students:

1&2. The Augie Experience to me is being so busy that you struggle to find a time to yourself, but smile at your many obligations. I absolutely love that wherever I go, despite sometimes having a purpose, I get derailed by friends and am met with smiles around every corner. My experience has been an insanely busy one, but I can’t imagine it any other way!

  1. “Hakuna Matata.” I’m a camp counselor in the summers and Pumbaa is my name J

4. I’m involved with Varsity Swimming, Club Water Polo, Symphony Orchestra, and the Gender and Sexuality Alliance

5. I love the pizza and ESPECIALLY the bread sticks.

6. Yes. I can hold myself in a handstand for over a minute

-Freshman of 2019


1. To live the AUGIE EXPERIENCE means to talk to new and different people, go outside of your comfort zone, and to try new and different things.
2. It has been different, exciting, challenging, and fun!
3. I really have a top 3: It’s the circle of life, Just keep swimming, and u got a friend in me!
4. I have gotten involved with the National Band Association (NBA), swim team, percussion ensemble, and concert band!
5. My favorite meal is Lunch!
6.  I can tie a cherry stem knot.

-Freshman of 2019


1. It means to have fun while learning.

2. My Augie experience so far has been good. I’ve enjoyed my time although there have been challenging classes.

3.Hakuna Matata
4. Yes, Viking pups, Varsity swimming, Achoo/Jets
5.Buffalo chicken sandwich
6. It’s not really a secret but I can remember and apply nearly everything I learn while watching educational youtube videos or documentaries.  

 -Junior of 2017


1. My favorite Disney modo is “ohana means family, family means nobody gets left behind or forgotten”
2. So far, I have been involved in Viking Pups, Astronomy Club, and Camp Kesem and the Sports Medicine Club. I am also on the swim team and am thinking about joining water polo.
3. My favorite meal on campus is chocolate waffles with vanilla ice cream on top.
4. If being able to wiggle my right ear counts as a secret talent, then yes.

To me, living the augie experience is trying new things and broadening your horizons. I grew up in a pretty small town with not much variety of life, so it is nice to come to a new place and be able to learn, grow, and try new things.

-Freshman of 2019


1. To live the Augustana experience means to get involved on campus. Meaning not just sports but clubs and anything an individual is interested in. It means to meet new people and go out of your comfort zone and get involved on campus.
2.My experience has been some of the best 2 years of my life I have met a ton of new friends that I want to keep in contact with the rest of my life and explored new experiences that have shaped me into who i am today
3.Favorite Disney modo is you got a friend in me.
4.I am a three year member of the varsity swim team. I have played club water polo a year and also am a member of business club.
5.At the csl my favorite meal is the buffalo chicken sandwiches.
6.My secret talent is I know a strange amount of movie quotes

 -Junior of 2017


1. The Augie experience is all about taking advantage of everything Augie has to offer. Get to know your professors- that’s the benefit of small classes. Go abroad- you have $2,000 just waiting for you! Go to events, join clubs, play sports; it’s all here. You won’t look back and say “Gosh, I wish I was less involved in college”
2. It’s had up’s and down’s for sure. But I wouldn’t trade it for anything. It hasn’t always been easy and hasn’t always made sense, but it always has worked out and I’m all the better for it.
3. “No matter how your heart is grieving, if you keep on believing, the dream that you wish will come true” AKA don’t give up!
4. I am a member of the Jenny Lind Vocal Ensemble (choir) and am a member of the Zeta Phi Kappa sorority.
5. You can’t go wrong with muffins from the brew! But no meal plan for me this year…
6. Do you have a secret talent? And what is it? Not really…
-Junior of 2017

My Unofficial Tour of Westerlin’s New J-Wing

FULL DISCLOSURE: I moved into college for the first time fully expecting my dorm to smell like old people and look like the aftermath of a horror film scene. I was extremely surprised (and internally relief-sighing) at my newly renovated dorm in Westerlin’s Jenny Lind wing.

Jenny LindRenovations to the wing include: New doors & windows, new AC and heat units in each room, new floors along with painting and 3Jnew lights, and the one I’m most excited for, a new elevator that’s being completed during fall term break. For the last three weeks I have lived here, I have grown to learn the little quirks about the building. 1. If you have friends who live in any other building on campus without AC, you will hosting many a get-together to get out of the heat. 2. Hand dryers are very loud, and will wake you up from dead sleep at 2 AM if you live near the BR. 3. Coldest place in J-wing is the staircase. My friend has told me numerous times how she would move in (in a very Harry Potter-esque way) from the non-AC’ed Andreen hall. AND MOST IMPORTANTLY:  4. You will lock yourself out of your dorm room at least once. The locks are crafty little buggars on the 3rd floor and my running total of times I’ve locked myself out is at 7.

12004893_10204895129006214_7109407898600320819_nThe bathrooms are pretty fancy here, if I do say so myself. Our cleaner for 3J is the Bomb.com and she is trying to get power outlets in the bathroom for us, so that’s extra props to her. They clean every day, everything works (so far), and the showers are11072739_10204895119965988_5301179196353024877_n (for the most part) always warm. I do have to warn though: If you are over, I’d say like 5’6″-5’7″ in height, there is only one shower that will fit you comfortably. I’m 5’9″ and, unfortunately, have to wait until that one shower is open in the morning because all of the other showers are too short for me. I don’t know if this is different on the guy’s floor (1st floor of J-wing belongs to all guys, while 2nd & 3rd floor are home to the girls.), because they are on average taller than us, but it is a difficult thing to get adjusted too. Other than that detail, (and the loud hand dryers as previously stated) our bathrooms are cool.

315 JAnywho, my roommate Meghan and I live on the 3rd Floor of J-Wing.We pride ourselves by our color-coordinating. I’m proud meg's deskof our little dorm room. It’s extremely cute and homey and reflects us both perfectly. My side is the one with the navy bedding, and I have my dresser, mini-fridge, and a couple other storage things under the bed.Our desks face each other, and Meghan has hers decorated to perfection.  I covered my closet with a shower curtain, and Meg’s is uncovered, but very organized. (Mine is not.) closetBoth of our beds are lofted by hand to the highest they go without being lofted professionally.  I’m 5’9″ and Meghan is 5’0″ and we both need stools to get on the beds. Otherwise, it’s home.dorm


Well, that’s about it. I hope you enjoyed this little tour of Westie’s new Jenny Lind wing. I need a nap.
Somebody go put a good word in for me at to get a job at Admissions. Stay Amazing, Augie.


Hello everyone!

Hope everyone’s weekend was an exciting one!  I have to say that this weekend has been the longest one yet, obviously.  I will say that there’s a lot I can say that came out of this long weekend, and what stuck with me was that you should always be smart about your decision making and how you go about it.  I went to my second college party ever and this one was probably the most intense, from the unbearable heat, to the overwhelming number of students that attended.  It is very difficult to describe how it felt being there, but the best way I can word it is HOT, SWEATY, LOUD, and most of all, CLUTTERED!  I am not talking cluttered like your grandma’s dusty old basement, but cluttered like swimmers in a warm-up pool, or even better, cluttered at a HAWKEYES football game!  Anyways, there were many tempting moments that I could have easily walked myself into, but chose not to.  Remember when you are having fun, just think before you act, because even though you may not be doing anything wrong, the ones around you might be, and that will reflect badly upon you.  Make good choices, and most of all, BE SAFE!  HAPPY LABOR DAY!!!


Living Every Moment…

What does it mean when someone says, “live your life to the fullest?”  All I can say is, living is something you should be doing every day.  Don’t waste a single moment, because each minute and every second has a value of truth in it.  Last night and tonight were perfect examples of getting myself out there and “Living Life”.

From studying in the library till the break of dawn, to the weekends stored with opportunities of a lifetime, I found that going through life and following rules and just being flat in everything I do, I am not really living.  Living means testing to new experiences that have never dawned on you before and pushing the limits.  I mean, you should be FOLLOWING THE RULES that could hurt you in school, but outside of the classroom, you’re a free individual; you’re a fully grown adult.  Since you’re an adult, then that means you make the rules, you make your own decisions now.  You have to decipher with what’s right and what’s wrong.  Remember; just think of your future as a game of chance.  You don’t know what will happen until you take a chance.  Be a risk taker.

Last night was a wonderful experience as well.  What is that one thing that all students look forward to when they step into college?  “WHERE ARE ALL THE PARTIES DUDE!!”  I may not be a part-pumping individual or an alcoholic, but I will say that jamming to music until every last drop of sweat slides off your face, can be an experience.  Even though I had never gone to crazy college parties, I still pushed myself to try and be open to new ideas and experiences.

I found that getting out of the dorm and study lounges, I can say i can finally breath in and breath out for once.  Today was a perfect example of that.  With the drenching heat swallowing my soul and spitting it into Haiti’s river of the dead, I couldn’t help, but get out and enjoy campus.  Today was the kick off for our Augie Football players, and if anyone was there, then they would know that it went FANTASTIC! We had our First win of the season. Not too shabby.  Let’s all give a round of  applause for our Varsity Football Team, our lovely Viking cheerleaders, our Vikets, and our baton twirlers!!!

Even though we did tremendous, I still see something off in our lovely crowds.  WHERE IS THE SCHOOL SPIRIT?!!!  I feel bad for big Gus, because everyone in the stands watches Gus, like little little silent cats and chipmunks. C’mon PEOPLE!!  I may only be a Freshmen, but at least I can say I have school spirit.  I was thinking if we don’t already; maybe have a super-fans section.  Those were big in High School, and I feel like we need to be giving our athletes some motivation.

Anyways, back to what I was saying about living every moment, you should never take anything for granted.   Our society lives off of mistakes and always will, but the great thing about that is you always learn something new from that experience.  Remember to Live, Laugh, and Have fun, while being careful.

Brand New Day @Augie

Last year was old news and the dramas of high school have drifted away, but most importantly, the page has turned and a new chapter is about to start.  Yes, I know leaving the nest where all your blankies and plush animals are laying can be hard, but to think that you have some new control can be an amazing feeling or sometimes a little intimidating, like the time you saw the movie “Scream” for the first time. That was a 13 year, scarring experience of its own for me personally!

What is this new world that I am now stepping into?  You say college?  Already?  But.. bu. bbbb…ut I don’t WANNA GROW UP! What about all those EVIL PROFESSORS?? or THE 200 lb LOADS of HOMEWORK?? I am going to have bulks of STRESS, and all the UPPERCLASSMAN are going to PICK ON ME! Yes, you will have homework almost every night, it will get stressful at times, but only you can control your own personal stress levels.  College is quite the eye opener to any newcomer, including myself.

Hey, I am only in week 2 of my first year in college, but forming good habits is key.  Yes there will be times where PROCRASTINATION will take over, but you have to stand your ground and fight off the evil procrastinators, because they will suck you in.  Hanging with friends is a good thing, but what are you paying $48k for? To party and screw around? I don’t think so, unless you told your parents otherwise.

Yes, it is important to have fun while living the life of a college student, but school comes first, and hey it’s not like High School where you’re taking 7 classes a day, everyday. My first 2 weeks of College, personally, have been the best first 2 weeks of my education journey thus far.  I will tell you that first off, your professors are human, not man eating sharks that will rip your heads off.  They have feelings and personalities, so get to know them and they will be like that hilarious comedian-like history teacher you had in High School.  Augustana is a family-oriented school and no one HATES. You may not hang out with a group of people, but everyone is open to getting to know you and willing to bring you into the Augie family.  Remember that when you take your first steps onto campus, that you will take in every moment and step out of your HS routine and reach out to new people and experiences.  Have PRIDE, have PASSION, have GOOD WORK ETHIC, and most of all, HAVE FUN!!