Hometown: Momence, Illinois
Plans after graduation
From September 2010 through June 2011, I'll be teaching English at Huazhong Normal University in Wuhan, China. I plan to continue studying Chinese and eventually go to graduate school for something.
How did Augustana prepare you for life after graduation?
I owe thanks to Augustana not only for securing my job for next year, but also for preparing me for it. This September will be my third time traveling to Wuhan. In addition to Asian Term, I was able to do an intensive summer language study in Wuhan last summer through a grant and Augustana's long-standing relationship with Huazhong Normal University. Beyond that, Augustana has allowed me to take classes spanning all of my main interests, and I feel like that background leaves more options available to me as I am beginning my graduate school search.
What are you looking forward to about life after graduation?
I'm looking forward to traveling, learning more Chinese and hopefully (but probably not) having more time to pursue interests such as novel-writing, painting and environmentalism.
Q: What will you miss about Augustana?
A: I'm going to miss a lot about Augustana. I love how there are so many classes, programs, events and student groups for a school of this size. There's always not only something, but ten things to do on any given night of the week. I don't ever have to leave campus because there is so much to enjoy right here. I'm really going to miss having so many convenient, awesome options. When am I ever going to have the chance to co-host a radio show, write and perform my own works for an audience, or join a club devoted to the works of JRR Tolkien again in my life? Not likely to happen.
What was your favorite memory from Augie?
I can't choose one. My most recent favorite memory was performing in this year's Swing Club show. Other than traveling abroad, other favorites have involved sledding in Lincoln Park, living in Seminary Hall, going on geology trips, singing in Jenny Lind choir and being part of Alpha Psi Omega.
What advice would you give to current students?
My advice is not to concern yourself with the things that will be there once your college experience is over. You can watch reruns of those TV shows when you're old and bedridden. College is a time of intense exploration. And if you're already certain of your path after graduation, then college may be the only time in your life when you can experience so many things that will fall to the side of your life's path. Continue challenging yourself and those things we supposedly know. As for more specific advice: study abroad.