Graduation year: 2016
Majors: Communication sciences and disorders (CSD), psychology
Activities: Student Speech-Language-Hearing Association, Christians United for Israel, InterVarsity Christian Fellowship, Augustana Symphonic Orchestra, Psi Chi, Omicron Delta Kappa
Internship: Three terms of clinical experience and an internship at the Augustana Center for Speech, Language, and Hearing; The Lizard Children’s Centre in Sydney, Australia.
Post-grad plans: Attend the University of Nebraska-Lincoln to pursue a master’s degree in speech-language pathology.
I chose Augustana because it was close to home; I received great scholarships; there are amazing study abroad and internship opportunities; the campus is beautiful; and Augie’s CSD program is top-notch. I also chose Augustana because I knew the faculty are so caring, and they actually value you not only as a student, but also as a person.
Are you where you thought you'd be four years ago?
Grades-wise, yes I am. But I would have never guessed how much I would grow as a person and as a scholar during my time here at Augustana.
Who helped you?
There are so many people who have helped me along the way: my family, my advisors, my professors in the CSD and psychology departments, my viola instructor, my mentor, my pastors and my friends. They have all helped me realize my true potential and have encouraged me to be the best version of me I can be.
A peak experience?
I have so many highlights studying here, but I would say one peak experience was studying abroad in Sydney, Australia. This experience more than anything helped me define who I am, what strengths I can bring to the table, what my weaknesses are and how I can take what I’ve learned and grow from it.
What has surprised you?
I found that I am able to put myself out there and try new things that I never thought I would ever try. For example, I started a new student organization, traveled independently in a foreign country and even bungee-jumped! Overall, I am able to remain true to who I am, no matter what the circumstance.
How did you use your Augie Choice?
I used my Augie Choice to travel to New Zealand before starting my internship in Australia. Definitely my favorite part of the entire trip!
What will you miss the most?
I will miss the people; faculty, staff, clients and friends. Every person I have met while being at Augustana has come across my path for a reason, and I am so thankful for the impact these people have had on my life.
Advice for the Class of 2020?
Grades aren’t everything. They are important, yes, but don’t miss out on the opportunities to grow as a person. Build deep relationships. Get out of your comfort zone. Study abroad. Find your passion. Figure out who you are. This is only four years of your entire life. Use them wisely!
“A four-year member of the Augustana Orchestra and the Augustana Viola Ensemble, Makenzie is the person I count on to mentor newer students or to reach out to others when they need a friend. When called to lead, she is out front. When asked to support, she is just as committed to working behind the scenes. It can sometimes be difficult for students who live locally to be part of a community where most people live on campus. Not Makenzie. She is an integral part of the student body, active in many organizations, and is always there when you need her. The graduate CSD program in Nebraska is getting a real gem when Makenzie joins them next year!"