A window inside life at Augustana College

3 years ago today…

… I drove into the parking lot of Andreen Hall and started the process of making Augustana College my home.

I was a little nostalgic this morning as I realized this fact. It seems as if the last 3 years have flown by and yet I feel as if I am a totally different person now than I was on that first day of freshman orientation. I remember every detail of that day. I remember meeting my roommate and going grocery shopping with her. I remember meeting my peer mentor and advising group. In fact, I’m pretty sure that I met most of my best friends that day. I remember the tears welling up in my eyes as I said good-bye to my parents (who I had been so angry at just minutes before for making me be late to a meeting). In general, I remember being unsure. I was unsure I could do it. I was unsure I could live on my own, make good friends, succeed in class, or even find the cafeteria! However, like all of my classmates, I proved myself wrong.

I start my senior year as a much more confident young woman. I have done things I never thought I could do and have become more of myself. I feel like I am closer to knowing who I am and what I want to be. I have become a small part of Augustana and it has become a central part of me.

I am heading out in a few minutes to meet my group of peer mentees for the first time. I know that I will see in them glimpses of who I was three years ago, and realize how much I have changed. I hope that in hearing my stories they will become a little less unsure of themselves and a little more confident about what the next four years have in store for them. I simply cannot wait to see what this year brings for all of us! Here we go!!!

Always,
Katrina

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