Joseph Wood '15, economics and political science; Economist, current employment statistics, Bureau of Labor Statistics, Washington, D.C.
"Since I went to a very small high school, I really appreciated the small class sizes at Augie. The opportunities for direct interaction with faculty and
campus involvement were also very important to me. The individualized attention here, the personal investment of the professors, has been priceless. Had I gone to a larger, more research-oriented university, I probably wouldn't be having this conversation."
Vuk Bojovic '14, economics; communication studies minor; Account executive at Jones Knowles Ritchie, New York City
"I came to Augustana from Serbia, not knowing what I wanted to study or how it would help me shape my future. My goal was to get comfortable with the American college culture and to experience everything that it has to offer. I got a degree in economics, a discipline whose models helped me grasp the behavior of the markets that are applicable in any field. I got to go to East Asia and learn about cultures that are different from both American and Serbian. Because of my experience, I will always be a big advocate of liberal arts education.
... I am a true citizen of the world, and Augustana helped me realize that. Not that I am surprised by it, but the small campus/class size and environment pushed for more interactions with others and exploration of self."
Molly Polka '14, economics and business; Graduate student in the M.B.A. program at Ball State University
"As cheesy as this sounds, I learned that learning is fun. Thanks to my liberal arts degree, I was forced to take a wide variety of courses in many different disciplines; I found that I enjoyed all of them!
... Furthermore, there are far too many teachers that I owe my gratitude-professors who shaped and transformed me over the years-individuals I will never be able to fully thank."
Adam DeSimone '12, economics and mathematics; Doctoral student in economics at Michigan State University
"The Texas Medical Center Summer Research Internship Program ... was a truly defining academic experience for me. Prior to the biostatistics and medical decision-making research that I did at Houston's M.D. Anderson Cancer Center, I still did not know whether to pursue law school or an economics graduate program. That experience really took my interest in economics to a new level.
College is what you make of it, especially at a liberal arts institution. If you enter with an open mind and a strong work ethic, you will be amazed at
the connections you can make between multiple disciplines, and what you can learn about yourself in four years."