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Class of 2015: majors in mind, ready for new things

We contacted 10 of the first members of the Class of 2015 to see what they plan to do when they arrive at Augustana this fall. Here's what we learned:

AMANDA JOHNSON

What are your academic interests and your major, if you have one in mind?
I plan to study biological sciences in the pre-veterinary program and maybe double major in Spanish.

Why Augustana?
I love the campus, it is really pretty and the perfect size. The pre-vet program and sciences offered are exactly what I am looking for. Augustana was unlike any of the other colleges I had already visited, in a good way : )

What favorite activities do you plan to continue at Augustana?
I want to stay involved in activities like I am with my high school, continue volunteer work, and also donate blood/platelets every couple weeks.

Do you want to try out any new academic or extracurricular interests?
Yes, I want to try something new. I am really interested in traveling abroad and have heard of some clubs that I might want to join as well.

What is one thing you will be sure to bring with you to campus? My personality!

ANDY SHEAROUSE

What are your academic interests and your major, if you have one in mind?
My academic interests vary widely, as I have enjoyed all my classes from chemistry to American history. Right now I am looking at a psychology and business double major.

Why Augustana?
I chose Augustana for two reasons. First, it is a well-known private liberal arts college that offers a quality education. Second, both of my older brothers went to Augie, and I have attended various programs on campus for about as long as I remember. Augustana has always been my No. 1 choice!

What favorite activities do you plan to continue at Augustana?
I have been actively volunteering in the community, and I hope to continue doing so during my time at Augustana. I also plan on studying hard and following my favorite hockey team: the Quad City Mallards!

Do you want to try out any new academic or extracurricular interests at Augustana?
I look forward to taking a variety of classes at Augustana to explore new interests, and, in particular, I hope to be accepted into the honors program. I am interested in joining the Augustana Web Guild, which will provide me with valuable real-world business experience.

What is one thing you will be sure to bring with you when you move to campus in August?
Since I am from the area, I will save some money by commuting from home rather than living in campus housing. However, I will always be sure to bring one thing to campus: my travel mug full of coffee!

ASHLEY LaGROW

What are your academic interests and your major, if you have one in mind?
I'm planning on majoring in elementary education! I'm interested in both a jazz or music minor and an art or graphic design minor. Also, I'd love to get a middle-school endorsement in English.

Why Augustana?
As cliché as it may sound, as soon as I stepped onto the campus, I just knew that Augie was my college. Every detail about it looked fantastic on paper, and the beautiful campus was so breathtaking and just made me feel at home. It's only 45 minutes away from home for me, so I feel it's the perfect distance. In other words, it is my dream college.

What favorite activities do you plan to continue at Augustana?
I plan to be extremely involved with music, hopefully being involved with jazz ensemble, pep band, and maybe concert band. I also want to be involved with Augie Bigs and an organization where I can pursue my love for digital photography and/or graphic design. It'd also be fantastic to find a campus job as work study!

Do you want to try out any new academic or extracurricular interests at Augustana?
I've always wanted to try dance. I think taking dance classes for the physical education requirement will be fun!

What is one thing you will be sure to bring with you when you move to campus in August?
I have been abnormally attached to my baby blanket from the moment I was born — if I am home, it is right next to me. I am convinced that I met my long-lost twin, and hopeful future roommate, at the scholarship competition, and she fully accepts that I will continue this attachment to my blanket in my dorm. I think I'd go insane without it.

BRIAN FANNING

What are your academic interests and your planned major, if you have one in mind?
My planned major is music education. I am a percussionist.

Why Augustana?
I love the environment of Augie. After visiting my friend at Augustana multiple times, I quickly realized that Augustana felt like home to me. I love the small population, small classes, and the potential close relationships I will form with my professors.

What favorite activities do you plan to continue at Augustana?
First and foremost I plan to continue playing in band and a percussion ensemble. I also want to be part of Campus Ministries and check out the Ultimate Frisbee team.

Do you want to try out any new academic or extracurricular interests at Augustana?
I plan to try out the paintball team.

What is one thing you will be sure to bring with to campus? Pizza flavored Doritos.

CHLOE VANOPDORP

What are your academic interests and your major, if you have one in mind?
I will be majoring in elementary education. I absolutely love kids!

Why Augustana?
I loved the campus, the people were great, and the perfect distance from home!

What favorite activities do you plan to continue at Augustana?
I hope to continue playing basketball.

Do you want to try out any new academic or extracurricular interests at Augustana?
I think it would be fun to join a sorority, and learn how to play lacrosse.

What is one thing you will be sure to bring with you to campus? Photos of my family because I am going to miss them very much!

JACLYN WRONA

What are your academic interests and your major, if you have one in mind?
I am very interested in the biochemistry field but for now I plan on majoring in pre-medicine.

Why Augustana?
I loved Augustana from the first moment I stepped on to campus. The atmosphere and the people immediately made me want to be part of it all.

What favorite activities do you plan to continue at Augustana?
I know that I definitely want to play softball at Augie. I would also like to continue my work in the community.

Do you want to try out any new academic or extracurricular interests?
At Augustana I want to try being in a sorority. Also I'd like to take part in intramural sports.

What is one thing you will be sure to bring with you to campus? My iPhone.

JOHN PAGLIARELLO

What are your academic interests and your planned major, if you have one in mind?
My academic interests are to major in pre-med and to get involve in any pre-medical activities I can.

Why Augustana?
Augustana is first an amazing place and it piqued my interest with all the pre-med activities that I can do during my four years at Augustana.

What favorite activities do you plan to continue at Augustana?
A favorite activity that I will be continuing is playing lacrosse, hopefully all four years..

Do you want to try out any new academic or extracurricular interests at Augustana?
So far I have no interest in any new academic or extracurricular activities that I know of but if I find something that piques my interest I would being willing to try it.

What is one thing you will be sure to bring with you when you move to campus in August?
I would love to bring my lacrosse equipment with me so I can continue my lacrosse career.

KATE KIRKTON

What are your academic interests and your major, if you have one in mind?
Communication Sciences & Disorders with a possible minor in Spanish.

Why Augustana?
Augustana has a great CSD program, I love the campus, and I can see myself calling it home for the next four years.

What favorite activities do you plan to continue at Augustana?
I like volunteering and am interested in the health field, so I'll probably join ACHOO (Augustana Community Health Outreach Organization). Also, maybe intramural volleyball, possibly a sorority, plus I'm sure a million other activities once I get situated!

Do you want to try out any new academic or extracurricular interests?
I'm honestly just planning to see how everything goes; I'm not entirely sure yet! I am looking forward to trying lots of new things, though.

What is one thing you will be sure to bring with you when you move to campus in August?
A scrapbook full of pictures of my family, friends, and my dog Maggie, just in case I get homesick!

MAGGIE COOPER

What are your academic interests and your major, if you have one in mind?
I have not chosen a major yet, but I am interested in elementary education as well as graphic design.

Why Augustana?
I chose Austantana because it seemed like a perfect fit for me. The academics were great. I loved the size and location. I visited in the spring and fall and the campus was breathtaking.

What favorite activities do you plan to continue at Augustana?
I am involved in equestrian activities and I plan to continue at Augustana.

Do you want to try out any new academic or extracurricular interests?
I would love to try new activities at Augustana, but I am not sure which one.

What is one thing you will be sure to bring with you when you move to campus in August?
The one thing I will bringing to campus is my horse. I will be boarding him nearby.

RYAN GARCIA

What are your academic interests and your major, if you have one in mind?
My intended major is biology/pre-med because I want to become a medical specialist.

Why Augustana?
I chose Augustana because I'm a fan of the small school feel and I have heard many great things about the science department. Its also nice because the drive isn't too bad from home and Augustana has the nicest campus I've seen.

What favorite activities do you plan to continue at Augustana?
I plan on getting involved in some intramural sports and joining the chess team if there is one.

Do you want to try out any new academic or extracurricular interests at Augustana?
I'm not too sure about all the academic possibilities available, but I do want to get involved in many extracurriculars and I'm open to joining some clubs too.

What is one thing you will be sure to bring with you when you move to campus in August?
When I come to Augustana I will most definitely bring my laptop to do work and listen to music.