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.
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.
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.
Thank you to those dedicated followers who read my blog. It means so much.
Posted on May 29th, 2013 by jenniferschroder09
Filed under: Jennifer Schroder