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Haley Ruch
More Than I Imagined Seniors reflect on accomplishments and look ahead

Haley Ruch

Graduation year: 2019

Hometown: Frankfort, Ill.

Majors: Business administration-international business, business administration-marketing, French

Minor: Economics

Activities: Varsity softball (Academic All-CCIW), Phi Rho sorority, Active Minds, Business Club, intramural basketball and volleyball

Internships: CORE (graphic design); MediaLink Inc. (marketing)

Post-grad plans: I will be moving to France to teach English to high school students.

Why Augustana?

I wanted a smaller campus where I could create meaningful relationships with professors and take advantage of all the opportunities college has to offer.

Are you where you thought you’d be when you first came to campus?

Absolutely not. When I came to Augustana, I was an undecided major and knew only my teammates. Since then I became a double major, held executive positions in multiple clubs and organizations, and am leaving college with a full-time job.

Who helped you get to where you are now?

I wouldn't have been able to get to where I am today without the help of my family, friends, professors and coaches. Specifically, Professor Lederman and Professor Kosnick encouraged me and pushed me to stick with my French major and complete almost the entire major my senior year. They also introduced me to the idea of moving and teaching abroad, and I cannot be more thankful for their support and help throughout my four years here. I wouldn't have the opportunities I have now if it wasn't for them.

Peak experience?

My peak experience was studying abroad in Dijon, France, this past summer. Being able to travel to a different country and study a different language and culture with my fellow classmates was an experience I will never forget.

What surprised you?

In the past four years, I learned about my leadership capabilities. I attended leadership conferences, held executive positions, and created and organized an entire fundraiser.

How did you use Augie Choice?

I used my Augie Choice for the softball team's trip to South Africa. We visited Cape Town for almost two weeks, playing South African softball teams and giving training camps to youth teams.

What will you miss the most?

I will miss the community surrounding Augie and the relationships I made here. I have created lifelong friendships and unforgettable memories. I will miss the familiar smiles and the constant support given on campus.

Advice for the Class of 2023?

Get as involved as possible. Join clubs, try out for sports teams, join Greek life and attend campus-wide events. Don't be afraid to go out of your comfort zone because I promise you won't regret it.

“Haley is smart, and she is also determined and gutsy. From the moment she arrived in French 101, Haley had a desire to get the most out of her time at Augustana. Her path to the French major was unconventional—having decided not to continue with French, she signed up to study away in Dijon. Haley absorbed, appreciated and thrived in France. I am excited to see her future unfold, and I am happy that I was part of her journey.”

– Gillian Lederman, assistant professor, French