Lauryn’s activities: Augustana Symphony Orchestra, Club Ed, ASTA, MENC, SAI, ODK
Major: Music education
Post-grad plans: Music teacher (full-time) in the Pleasant Valley School District in Bettendorf, Iowa
Are you where you thought you’d be four years ago?
Words can’t express how happy I am to have ended up where I am now after four years. I am definitely farther that I ever hoped to be.
Besides your family, who helped you get to where you are now?
Every person that I have met at Augustana, whether it be a friend or a professor, has taught me a valuable lesson. I have learned patience, responsibility and dedication (among others). But I think the ones who taught me the most were the people who had faith in me and inspired me to have faith in myself.
A peak experience while at Augustana?
I would have to say my student teaching experience. It was a huge challenge, but an even bigger feeling of accomplishment. When I was finished student teaching, I looked back and saw what I was capable of doing. The experience reassured my passion for the career path I chose and gave me the confidence I needed to step out into the real world.
What did you learn about yourself in these past four years that surprised you?
I have learned that I have much more motivation when it’s warm outside. I have learned that I can’t work or think straight in a messy room. And I have learned that my personality hasn’t changed one bit—that one surprised me.
Advice for this fall’s incoming class (Class of 2015)?
Get involved. :) And take advantage of as many opportunities as you can now because they won’t always be available to you.