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alannah golden
More Than I Imagined Seniors reflect on accomplishments and look ahead

Alannah Golden

Graduation year: 2013

Major: Elementary education

Activities: Ladies of Vital Essence, Spring Forward Learning Center

Post-grad plans: Seeking a teaching position in the Quad Cities.

Why did you choose to attend Augustana?

One of my high school mentors recommended I visit Augustana, and I was heartened by the administration and students I came in contact with while touring the beautiful campus.

Are you where you thought you’d be four years ago? 

Not exactly...although I have reached many goals as a beginning teacher, I am more surprised at the kind of person I am today. I value the education I have received at Augustana because it has helped to mold me into a strong, tolerant and contributing member of our community.

Who helped you get to where you are now? 

I credit my mother for my small successes. She has demonstrated incredible strength and tenacity. From her, I learned what it means to be resilient and to take life’s hardships in stride.   

A peak experience?

My peak experience at Augustana was studying abroad in Ghana this past winter. To have the opportunity to completely immerse oneself in another culture is incredibly rewarding, and I am very fortunate to have had to chance to do so.

How did you use your Augie Choice?

I did field research at the Florida School for the Deaf and the Blind in St. Augustine, Florida, my sophomore year and presented at a national conference the following year in Denver.

What did you learn about yourself in these past four years that surprised you? 

I learned that I am not as shy as I like to think I am. I have learned that the key to receiving all of life’s wonders is to open yourself up. Many of the wonderful opportunities I have been awarded while at Augie, have come from just asking. I would advise incoming students to not let shyness or insecurities keep you from experiencing greatness.

What will you miss the most?

I will miss studying in the education department. Second floor of Evald is such a special place, and I cherish the bonds I have made with both my professors and classmates.

"I think the best word to describe Alannah Golden is: humanitarian. Alannah has given countless hours working for the well-being of others, especially the lives of recent immigrant families. She not only rolls up her own sleeves teaching English and providing after-school enrichment activities, she has been the catalyst behind the involvement of other Augie students getting in these programs. I predict that Alannah will someday earn the "Citizen of the Year" award."

- Dr. Charles Hyser Professor, Education

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