Renae Reynolds '13, biology/pre-optometry major
OD: Illinois College of Optometry, Chicago; currently practicing at Barri Eye Care in Groton, Conn.
As soon as I stepped foot on the campus, I had a gut feeling that I was going to choose Augustana as my undergraduate program. Then, as I learned that the college had great biology and pre-optometry programs, I knew that I was going to choose this school. Academically, I have met all the goals I set for myself when I entered Augie. I've managed to earn a biology degree, and I've been accepted into grad school. Socially, I was able to make friends that I know will be with me for the rest of my life. I didn't necessarily expect that when I enrolled in college, but I'm glad it happened.
Caitlin Walker '13, biology/pre-optometry, classical studies minor
Resident at The Ohio State University College of Optometry
I was drawn to the small student-to-faculty ratio and the great biology program that Augustana offers. I also wanted to play collegiate soccer while remaining engaged in my studies/extracurricular activities, a balance which not many larger schools can offer. I never thought I would make such great connections at Augustana through my involvement on campus, nor did I expect to pick up an additional minor in classical studies, which has actually enriched my biology major. The professors at Augustana have been so influential in my growth as a student and as an individual. They have encouraged me to set high goals and have gone above and beyond to help me achieve them.