A window inside life at Augustana College

My name is Julie Michelle Berthelot, and I’m now in my sophomore year at Augustana.
I thought about transferring a lot last year, and seriously considered it for a long time. But my sophomore year has been getting better and better, and Im beginning to see first-hand why Augustana has such a good reputation and its graduates end up in such prestigious positions. But basically what I’ve realized is that good people make a good school. So Im here, for now, at Augie and, for now at least, quite happy to be here. So a little bit more about myself…
I am currently an Environmental Science/ Sociology Social Welfare major, but am considering adding/changing to a major or minor in Psychology, Anthropology, Geography, Creative Writing, Women’s & Gender Studies, or Political Science. Its gonna be a tough choice and a tough workload >.<
I found out last week in my SOC203 class that my personality type is INFP, if anybody out there knows what that means. Also I am a Leo, and proud of it. In high school I played the flute and euphonium in band, took four years of French, and was a member of the Future Educators of America, and the tech crew for the theatre department.I have a very broad range of interests including reading, writing, and people-watching, and I enjoy a wide variety of music, from Eminem to Iron Maiden, from Bayside to Modest Mouse to Angus & Julia Stone (and of course our precious oldies from the 60s 70s and 80s). I am proud to be a member of the Ladies of Vital Essence, a multicultural and service sorority on campus that also emphasizes academic excellence. My mom is a flight attendant and my dad is a pilot, so I’m fortunate to have been able to do a lot of traveling in my life to a wide array of places in the U.S. including Hawaii, as well as Amsterdam and Germany. I also lived in Ottawa, Canada for four years, from grade 7 to grade 10, and have spent a lot of additional time there since my dad is Canadian, and I therefore have dual-citizenship. I believe it gives me an interesting perspective on life and I feel fortunate to have attended school in both countries. I was brought up Catholic, but for the past 2 years or so have been feeling like the label is obsolete, and I’m not exactly sure what I would call myself now. This year I hope to take advantage of as many opportunities at Augie as I can, focus on bettering myself as a person, and come closer to figuring out exactly what I want to do with my life. I look forward to sharing my experiences, past, present and future with you!

Reasons Why I Love Living in Dorms.

On your way back from a friends house around 1:30 am, you try to pick up a pizza, are informed the lobby is closed and that it can only be delivered and the pizza guy says “So, is this going to Westerlin?”   When you walk in the building at 2am there is a security […]

Late Night @ The Brew

brew. 3am. its closed. lights are dimmed. and my sentences are incomplete because i’m coming down from the brutal buzz of a non-sugar-free energy/focus drink. When my can of Amp had still been full, Keyana and I had just been watching the library empty out and the building begin to shut down as we settled […]

My Newfound Appreciation for Saturdays….

Today is a Saturday. What I just realized is that Saturdays are my catch-up days. It’s a nice surprise to wake up in bed around  3, realize that I dont have anywhere to be, and I dont have any person or thing demanding my immediate attention, and lay there reflecting, just thinking, like I havent been able […]

Ive Never Been Happier to Wake Up In My Own Bed

I opened my bleary eyes at around 11:00 this morning, to a cool, peaceful, dark room all to myself (my roommate slept elsewhere last night). I instantly sensed that it was cloudy and raining outside through the open windows, my favorite weather. I had slept wonderfully, after not having been able to sleep this late or […]

So today I dropped CHEM121…

I know that dropping a class probably isnt the greatest subject for a first blog, but why not jump right in?? And anyway, in Week 4 of my sophomore year, its a pretty significant event for me, and Im gonna own up to it: This morning, I dropped CHEM 121. This was difficult for me, as […]