Cameron Onumah ’14, assistant field representative at the Office of U.S. Senator Dianne Feinstein, D-California
"Augustana was not at the top of my list when I began my college search. However, it quickly became clear to me that this would be a place were I could grow both academically and as a person. I loved every minute. I would not have been able to intern in Los Angeles (for Mayor Eric Garcetti) had it not been for Dr. Chris Whitt and the political science department, who went out of their way so that I could work on part of my Senior Inquiry from home. The summer before my junior year, I used my Augie Choice funds to intern with the Democratic Party. This amazing experience would not have been possible without Augie Choice."
Rachel Lenke '13, student in the master of public policy program at Loyola University, Chicago
"I have been fortunate enough to have a variety of peak experiences while at Augie, and the most notable definitely include my traveling. I traveled to California, Washington, France, Italy and Spain with the Augie soccer team during my four years, and these were unforgettable experiences. I also traveled to Brazil in my junior year for a travel abroad term and returned again that summer to conduct research and complete my Senior Inquiry project.
"I have shocked myself in my accomplishments within the last four years, and I have learned that my potential and abilities far surpass what I anticipated for myself. Augustana has allowed me to discover my true passions, and I am now prepared to pursue a future that I would never have expected when I arrived on campus my freshman year."
Tyrrell Jeffries '13, deferring law school for two years while joining the Teach for America program
"Augie gives you so many different opportunities that all lead to wonderful experiences. Something I am truly grateful for!
I have learned that you can continue to push yourself past whatever limits or boundaries you thought existed. I have taken on more, gained leadership roles, and have had many challenging and memorable experiences - all while being determined to finish a double major and getting the most out of both inside and outside the classroom."
Alicia Oken '13, pursuing graduate studies in journalism at Georgetown University
"Without (my) professors, I would not have had the opportunity to triple major, or had as many of the experiences that define my college experience. These would include going to a leadership conference at the U.S. Air Force Academy and presenting research papers at the University of St. Thomas and the University of Oklahoma. Collectively, these experiences were opportunities that most other colleges don't give their students. Also, interning at WGN Radio was definitely a highlight.
"With Augie Choice, I was able to intern for Congressman Alcee Hastings in Washington, D.C., which was a dream come true. This was one of the more memorable experiences I've had throughout college, since I was able to intern in my favorite city and meet so many wonderful people."