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Thanks for a great 4 years, Augustana

I still don’t think it’s hit me that I am an Augustana Alumni.  These 4 years flew by in the blink of an eye.

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I grew so much while at Augustana.  I made friends that will last a lifetime, challenged myself in ways I never expected, and joined clubs and took classes that showed me the path I am destined to go down.  When I was a freshman, had you asked me my thoughts on world hunger, I probably wouldn’t have given you much of an answer.  Now, I am so extremely passionate about world hunger and am so excited to begin my year of service as an AmeriCorps VISTA member with the River Bend Foodbank in June.  Through my learning community and senior inquiry, I was able to help individuals in the Quad Cities and around the world who are struggling with hunger.

My advice to incoming freshman: try something new that takes you out of your comfort zone!  I joined Clogustana, and even though I didn’t stick with it, it was so much fun!  I volunteered with Circle K, helped plan Augustana’s first Camp Kesem, and taught people about world hunger through the Augustana World Hunger team.  I regret not joining more clubs, but I am glad that I was active in a few.  Also, savor every moment with your friends.  This is the only time in your life you get to live right across the hall from your best friends.  I made friends my freshman year when I lived in Andreen Hall, and we’re still friends (see picture below)!  The time spent with them is time I will never, ever forget.  I love them all so much.

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I never thought I would be so heartbroken to leave Augustana.  I will miss my friends dearly, as well as the faculty and staff and the gorgeous campus.

Thank you so much, Augustana, for a wonderful 4 years.  Thank you to my professors for teaching me and pushing me to become my absolute best.  A huge thank you to my parents.  Without them, I would not be where I am today.  I will hold a piece of Augustana in my heart forever.

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Thank you to those dedicated followers who read my blog.  It means so much.

Jen

4 Responses to “Thanks for a great 4 years, Augustana”

  1. I really loved this last blog, Jen. I enjoyed following your four years at Augustana!

    Love,
    Mom

  2. I can’t believe you’ve graduated either, Jen–and in four years (which is very rare these days)!!
    I wish you much success in this next chapter of your life and your new job.
    Love,
    Aunt Glor

  3. Congratulations to our Jen!
    It seems like only last year that your mom, GoGo and I were shopping for fancy, little socks that were small enough for a wee peanut! It’s so much fun watching you grow into your own special person. Please always keep us informed of all your adventures.(Even the ones you don’t tell your mom and dad about ;-) ) We are all so very proud of you, Jen, and love you so very much :-)
    Our best to you always, Uncle Joe, Aunt Karen, Andy & Katie

    PS Our graduation gift for you will be in the mail SOON … Help! I need a secretary!

  4. Thanks so much everyone! These 4 years sure flew by!
    Love you all and thanks for your support!

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