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Emily Buffington

Hometown: Naperville, Illinois

Major: Elementary Education and Spanish

Plans after graduation

I will be the third grade bilingual teacher for District 50 in Harvard, IL starting this fall.

How did Augustana prepare you for life after college?

I worked in a variety of leadership positions at Augustana and had many opportunities to work with others. My study abroad program in Ecuador helped to shape me as an individual who welcomes interactions with other cultures and embraces new experiences. Through student teaching, I fully took on the role of an elementary school teacher and gained practice teaching in a bilingual setting. Every moment of my four years at Augustana have slowly been preparing and molding me to be the person I am meant to become and I feel ready.

What are you looking forward to about life after graduation?

I knew I wanted to be a teacher in third grade and I have been working towards that goal ever since then. I cannot wait to start my career as an educator. I look forward to beginning a new path and taking on the challenges that face me as a first year teacher.

What will you miss about Augustana?

I will miss the support system I have at Augustana. My professors were there for me every step of the way and I knew they wanted to help in whatever way possible. I learned so much from them. The close friends I made at Augustana made my four years unforgettable. I will miss our late night walks on campus, the hours we spent in Java (yes, it's still Java), the long dinners we had in the cafeterias, and the fun we had living together Junior year. It will be hard not to have these influential people close to me as I start the next chapter of my life.

What was your favorite memory from Augie?

I will never forget the summer I spent in Ecuador through Augustana's study abroad program. Living in a different culture helped me grow as a person and I greatly improved my skills in the Spanish language. Another memory that will stick with me is the three years I spent on the Dance Marathon Executive Board. Working to raise money for The University of Iowa Children's Hospital and getting other students informed and excited about taking part in the cause was extremely rewarding.

What advice would you give to current students?

Do everything you can to make your four years at Augustana a rewarding experience. Get involved and look for opportunities that will shape you as an individual. Have fun with your friends because although you can't take Augustana with you after you graduate, you will always have the friendships you made. Your time at Augustana is short, so do everything you can to savor the moments you will make.