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Common myths about the college admission process

A lot of misinformation can swirl around and rumors die hard. How important are extracurriculars, really? And how important are my test scores if I have above a 3.5 GPA? As someone who’s been through the same process you’re getting ready to start, I’ve compiled a list of myths about college applications.

Autumn Peele
July 2, 2020

4 ways to make the most of summer before junior year

You're halfway through your high school career. Now it's crunch time for the college search. Here's how to get the most out of your summer so the next year is a breeze.

Autumn Peele
June 29, 2020

Should you explore a gap year?

Patti Grod
Patti Grod
June 5, 2020

The pros and cons of living off campus

There comes a point in every Augie student’s career where they transition into uncharted territory: living off-campus. For some, it’s a celebratory moment where independence is gained. For others, the thought is scary, but I'm here to prove there's nothing to fear. 

Justin Verlinden
Justin Verlinden
June 3, 2020

Why you should attend Summer College Search at Augustana

For high school and transfer students just starting the college search process, the Summer College Search series at Augustana is a great place to start gathering the information you need. 

Mary Isabel Sales
Mary Isabel Sales
June 1, 2020

Senior Reflection: finding "home"

Patti Grod
Patti Grod
May 22, 2020

Senior reflection: running through the years

Justin Verlinden
Justin Verlinden
May 21, 2020

5 things to consider when choosing a college

There is a school out there that will meet all of your needs and expectations. Here are some characteristics to look out for to determine if the college is a good fit for you. 

Patti Grod
Patti Grod
May 6, 2020

Why I chose a local college

All Justin wanted after high school was to get as far away from the Quad Cities as possible for college. But when he found Augustana, his plans changed. 

Justin Verlinden
Justin Verlinden
May 5, 2020

A day in the life: distance learning in Nevada

Under these new circumstances, I knew that I wanted to finish out my last year of undergrad strong! Being the very “Type A” person that I am, to make things seem as normal as possible, I  came up with daily routines for my MWF and T/TH classes. This helped keep me focused, since I often find myself getting distracted studying and working from home. Here’s a look at what my MWF schedule looks like.

Patti Grod
Patti Grod
April 23, 2020

How to throw a Presentation Party on Google Hangouts

Are you getting bored in quarantine? Do you miss your friends, and wish you could see and hangout with them all at once? Well, I may have a Tik Tok-inspired solution for you!

Patti Grod
Patti Grod
April 9, 2020

How to adjust to distance learning

 Most schools have transitioned to distance learning and many students are trying their best to adjust, with varying degrees of success. Here are some tips to make the transition smoother. 

Justin Verlinden
Justin Verlinden
April 6, 2020

The right and wrong ways to practice social distancing

We’ve been asked to stay home by our schools, our governors, and our president. Leaders, doctors, and healthcare professionals, all believe that social distancing is the best way to get through this pandemic.

Chelsea Meyer
Chelsea Meyer
April 3, 2020

5 things you can still do on (or off) campus to stay active

Social distancing has many of us feeling cooped up inside our homes or dorms. While we can't go hang out with friends, there are plenty of ways to get outside and active all on your own. 

Patti Grod
Patti Grod
March 30, 2020

How to experience campus when you can't visit

If you can't visit a school in person, there are still plenty of ways to get a feel of what campus life is like. 

Patti Grod
Patti Grod
March 13, 2020