Corbin's activities: Phi Beta Kappa, Augustana Choir, Augustana Chamber Singers, Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia (national music fraternity)
Majors: Music, neuroscience
Post-grad plans: K-12 music teacher in Teach For America Mississippi Corps
Why did you choose to attend Augustana?
I had a hard time choosing whether I wanted to attend a big school or a small school. The moment, however, when I walked onto Augustana’s campus was the moment I decided. The feeling just felt extraordinary. Four years later, I couldn’t be happier with my decision.
Are you where you thought you’d be four years ago?
No, I am in an even better position. I came here with thoughts of being a music education major, but I had no real drive. It was Augustana that pushed me and challenged me to be better than I could imagine.
Who helped you get to where you are now?
Dr. Hurty, the conductor of the Augustana Choir, is one of the most influential people I have met in my time at Augustana. Through his teaching, and just talking one-on-one with me, I have really grown to be a better musician and person. But aside from my professors, I would not be where I am today without the support of my friends. I work every day to emulate their ability to love and to care.
A peak experience?
This is a tough question! I don’t know if I could narrow it down to one. I would say some of my top experiences were with the Augustana Choir: performing at Carnegie Hall, singing the War Requiem in Germany, and just the experiences of singing Children of the Heavenly Father hand-in-hand with my friends.
How did you use your Augie Choice?
I used it to go to Germany with the Augustana Choir—such an awesome and life-changing trip!
What did you learn about yourself in these past four years that surprised you?
I learned that I will achieve nothing if I don’t put in 110% in effort. Work hard for what you want, and the moment you get it will feel amazing.
What will you miss the most?
The thing I will miss most is my friends. Some of my favorite memories at Augustana are as simple as a movie night in my living room with my best friends. Those moments, though simple, will always bring me joy.
Wabash National Study of Liberal Arts Education, 2013