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Why I chose Augustana over a state school

Justin got into his dream school - a public university a few states over with the track team he always dreamed of being on. But after visiting, he realized that it wasn't the right fit for him. 

Justin Verlinden
Justin Verlinden
September 12, 2019

The Ultimate Get-into-College Guide for high school juniors

Junior year can be a stressful time for you and your family, but it doesn't have to be. Here's our best advice from Karen Dahlstrom, the Executive Director of Admissions. 

September 9, 2019

How to prepare for your first college visit

Visiting schools is one of the most integral (and fun) parts of the college selection process. Schools may look great on paper, but the only way to know if the school is the right fit for you is to go and get a feel for campus life. 

Justin Verlinden
Justin Verlinden
September 3, 2019

7 must-pack items: a CA's advice for incoming students

As a community advisor, Mary gets a lot of questions about dorm essentials. Here are the top seven things you shouldn't leave behind when packing to move in to your freshmen year dorm.  

Mary Isabel Sales
Mary Isabel Sales
August 21, 2019

Justin's dorm essentials

Your dorm means more than a TV and a game console. If you think you're unprepared to move in, Justin has some great advice for you. 

Justin Verlinden
Justin Verlinden
August 19, 2019

Why I Decided to Go Greek

Emily never expected to join a sorority. She thought she knew everything about "those" groups - but after spending some time on Augie's campus she was surprised to find that her initial judgment was way off base. 

Emily Graziano
Emily Graziano
August 16, 2019

What I learned leaving home for the first time

Justin lived away from his family and hometown for the first time during his internship at Texas Medical Center. He learned a lot about himself, his future and how he sees the world. 

Justin Verlinden
Justin Verlinden
August 14, 2019

For the birds: Greenland field journal #4

Jacob and the Greenland research crew spend a night camping and must be on the lookout for polar bears. Atlantic puffins are caught. 

Jacob Wyco
Jacob Wyco
August 6, 2019

Texas Medical Center: Life Lessons from the Lab

Although I didn’t realize it at the beginning, Augustana prepared me perfectly for this experience.

Brittany Hatlestad
Brittany Hatlestad
August 1, 2019

For the birds: Greenland field journal #3

Jacob Wyco's third field journal installment features bird bites, bad weather and an exciting boat trip.

Jacob Wyco
Jacob Wyco
July 29, 2019

Little Lesson on the college admissions scandal

The Varsity Blues college admissions scandal garnered a lot of attention because of celebrity involvement, but what does it mean for the admission process at large? W. Kent Barnds gives us a lesson on college admissions, Varsity Blues and the value of education.

July 26, 2019

A guide to scholarships for college-bound students

College can be expensive. This scholarship guide will help you find scholarships you may be qualified for, plus tips on the best way to apply.

Mary Isabel Sales
Mary Isabel Sales
July 22, 2019

Dorm shopping tips that won't break the bank

You want your dorm to be a home away from home! Here's how to make your space your own without taking out a loan. 

Mary Isabel Sales
Mary Isabel Sales
July 15, 2019

For the Birds: Greenland Field Journal #2

This week was mostly defined by trapping small songbirds. Taking measurements such as wing and beak length is a very important task as it shows the condition of the bird and is especially interesting when we catch the same bird again.

Jacob Wyco
Jacob Wyco
July 15, 2019