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Not just a number

One of the great things about Augustana is the fact I’m not just a number. I’m not just a student in POLS101 to my professors, I’m Alicia Oken in POLS101. This is one of the reasons I wanted to to go Augustana. I wanted to attend a liberal arts college where I could go to a professor’s office and they’d know which class of theirs I was in. In fact, sometimes it even feels like I live in some of my professor’s offices, with how much time I spend there. Today, I went into one of my professors offices to ask about how to use a camera. This professor showed me how to use the camera and even dragged me outside to show me how to get the best shots for the project I was working on. Not only do professors help you do something, but they let you do it yourself to make sure you go it down.

It’s incredible the lengths some professors will go to in order to help students. For example, one of my professors is constantly sending me emails about things I might be interested in. Because of this, I’ve was able to travel to Minneapolis for a conference and present a paper I wrote. I was able to go to a leadership conference in Iowa and attend a leadership summit on propaganda and hate at the U.S. Holocaust Museum this summer. And this spring break I will be able to go to the Air Force Academy for a conference. All of these were possible because of Augustana professors. At Augustana, I’m not just a numer. And I wouldn’t have it any other way.

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