Graduation year: 2018
Majors: Accounting, business administration-management
Activities: Phi Rho sorority, Honor Council, Mortar Board, Omicron Delta Kappa (leadership), Business Club, varsity tennis, Emerge leader, accounting tutor
Internship: Audit intern at Deloitte, summer 2017
Post-grad plans: I will begin full-time at Deloitte as an auditor in the Kansas City office after graduation.
I loved the beautiful campus and liked the idea of having smaller class sizes. Students on campus have endless opportunities to excel in the classroom, in athletics and in leadership opportunities. Everyone I talked to on campus before coming seemed to genuinely love Augustana.
Are you where you thought you’d be when you first came to campus?
Freshman-year me never would have imagined where I would be at the end of my senior year. I thought I would be a student-athlete all four years, but when I was injured junior year, I had to alter my plans. I never would have expected myself to join a sorority or be involved in every club and organization that I am in today.
Who helped you get to where you are today?
All of my professors helped me to be my best, but there are some faculty members and a coach who helped me become successful:
• Dr. John Delaney and Dr. Gregory Tapis helped me decide to major in accounting. They gave constant encouragement and advice, and pushed me outside of my comfort zone. Without their help, I would not have my full-time job upon graduation.
• Mamata Marmé for believing in me since I was a freshman that I would find the right path.
• Jon Miedema for giving me the best two and a half years of tennis I could have ever possibly imagined. Miedema helped me find my confidence on and off court.
And lastly I need to thank my parents for their constant encouragement, advice and support these past four years. I would not be at Augustana without their help.
It's impossible to choose just one. Athletically, one of my favorite memories was my freshman year when our tennis team qualified for the NCAA tournament for the first time in school history. Academically, my peak experience was receiving my internship offer from Deloitte and then my full-time offer from there as well. Finally, my study abroad experience in Granada, Spain, during the summer of 2016, is one I will never forget. I had the best time immersing myself in another culture and living with a host family.
What surprised you?
Coming into college, I was quiet and had little confidence in myself. I was surprised how quickly I broke out of my shell and became more confident. Within these four years, I have learned how rewarding it is to try new things.
How did you use Augie Choice?
I used my Augie Choice to study abroad in Granada, Spain, at the University of Granada.
What will you miss the most?
I will miss the faculty, the beautiful campus, but most importantly I will miss the amazing people. The connections and friendships I have made here are irreplaceable, and I can't believe that soon I won't be five minutes away from my friends.
Advice for the Class of 2022?
Go outside of your comfort zone and take advantage of every opportunity given to you! Enjoy every moment, even the tough ones, because these four years go faster than you can imagine!
“I met Mollie as a student in my statistics class. She pushes herself to excel, both in the classroom and outside. She loves to understand what she is being taught; she loves to question and form her own opinions. She is curious about the way the world is linked and open to different cultures (but not raw tomatoes). Over the years, I have had the pleasure of having long discussions with Mollie on a variety of topics, all demonstrating the strong, protective mentor that she is to younger students.”