Amber Dalgaard '15, communication studies and psychology, minor in Spanish; Customer experience coordinator for The Creative Group,
Inc., a corporate event planning agency
"Augustana had opportunities no other school could offer. I was happy that I would be able to choose a major but still learn from and interact with individuals from all majors because of the liberal arts focus. I loved the atmosphere on campus, the beautifulscenery and the many ways Augie seemed to go above and beyond for their students.
I am way past where I thought I would be. I never would have guessed that I was going to see Ecuador, Malaysia and Panama. I didn't expect to have six amazing internships, join a sorority, get involved on campus while still playing volleyball AND graduate a trimester early on top of that with a double major and minor. I have grown so much as a person and am more prepared than I ever thought I would be to enter the workforce."
Kerry Robbins '15, communication studies and psychology; Graduate student at East Carolina University working toward becoming a certified child life specialist
"Every experience during my time at Augie has added something to my time here. Two highlights are my experience in Houston, Texas, this past summer as an intern for the Children's Art Project through the Texas Medical Summer Research Internship Program, and my participation in St. Baldrick's.
For my internship, I was given the opportunity to spend 11 weeks in a beautiful city with a fantastic group of fellow Augie students, at an organization that built my skills and personal values/goals.
My participation in St. Baldrick's was something I felt called to do the beginning of my sophomore year. It spurred my passion to work in a field with children battling cancer and other terminal illnesses."
Chrissy Kunkel '14, communication studies and English; Graduate student in communication studies at University of Colorado Denver
"I chose Augustana because of its strong reputation as an academic institution and the small size that facilitates closer relationships between students
and faculty.... I have had two peak experiences at Augustana. Studying abroad in Ireland was educational, beautiful and taught me so much about the world and our own society. A second peak experience was my summer research fellowship studying representations of female empowerment in
HBO's "Game of Thrones." The school funded a trip to Marist College in New York so I could present my research at the Women & Society Conference, which was such a rewarding experience."
Sarahbeth Jones '13, communication studies and English; Communications specialist with the State of Virginia Department of Health
"I chose Augustana after realizing the tight-knit, inviting community I recognized here is not found at many colleges. Each of my professors and coaches has helped shape me in some way or another. I feel blessed and grateful to have worked with each one of them. I used Augie Choice as a stipend for a public relations internship at Junior Achievement of the Heartland in Moline. The professional experience was extremely useful for my résumé."
Robert Self '11, communication studies and German; Marketing communications coordinator at Messe Düsseldorf North America
"Augustana's communication studies department more than prepared me for graduate school-setting me up for success. The courses were fun, engaging and rewarding, giving me the knowledge and inspiration to set my sights high, not only as a researcher, but also as an instructor.
My senior project allowed me the freedom to focus on my interests, and interact with a dynamic set of individuals to guide me along the way. And let's not forget the mental, emotional and moral support of the professors! They truly made the program great."