Graduation year: 2020
High school: North Putnam Senior High School
Hometown: Greencastle, Ind.
Major: Computer science
Minor: Scandinavian studies
Activities: Fencing Club
Post-grad plans: Looking for a job
Augustana sent me a Frisbee, which caused me to really look into Augie. I loved all that I found out and chose to come here.
Are you where you thought you'd be when you first came to campus?
No, I thought I would have more internships and be in chemistry.
Who helped you get to where you are now?
Kimberly LaPalm was the one who really pushed me into the Scandinavian department, which really opened stuff up to me. Forrest Stonedahl also helped me through some tough times and kept me on track in my classes.
Going to Södra Vätterbygdens Folhögskola (SVF) in Sweden. I made so many friends and saw so many things, as well as learned a lot.
What surprised you?
It surprised me how many classes I really enjoyed, and if I could, I would have four majors.
How did you use your Augie Choice?
I used it to go to SVF in Sweden. Augie Choice gave me money to buy food and other things while I was there.
What will you miss the most?
I'll miss the community. I feel like I at least recognize most people on campus even if I don't know them, and I love how campus rises up when something happens, like the strike for climate change and the sit-in against the Poobahs. Being on this campus has really helped me get more involved with issues I am passionate about.
Advice for the Class of 2024?
Take classes on a whim especially early on. You may find subjects you never dreamed you would like and maybe a new major.
“It has been a delight to get to know Emily in several Swedish language and Scandinavian literature courses. She is a positive and cheerful presence on campus. Emily jumped at the chance to study abroad in Jönköping, Sweden, as part of the first cohort on that new exchange. She has really embraced all of the things that make an Augie education so special—learning in community, exploring traditions and culture, and embarking on new adventures.”