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Michael Scarpinato
More Than I Imagined Seniors reflect on accomplishments and look ahead

Michael Scarpinato

Graduation year: 2022

High school: Alleman High School

Hometown: Sherrard, Ill.

Majors: Business administration-marketing; business administration-management

Minor: Communication studies

Activities: Varsity football, Dance Marathon

Internships: QC Steamwheelers; City of Rock Island Sports Recreation

Post-grad plans: Secure a job in the sports industry

Why Augustana?

I chose Augustana to further my football career, stay close to home, be able to go to school with my sister Mary, and indulge in an excellent academic program.

Are you where you thought you'd be when you first came to campus?

Yes. I thought I would be a four-year collegiate athlete and have experience through internships to be in a good place for securing a job after college.

Who helped you get to where you are now?

My friends and family pushed me to be a better student and person every day, as well as always supporting me and my decisions.

Peak experience?

Being able to lead the team during the “Augie Walk” for football on Senior Day.

What surprised you?

How quickly I would feel comfortable on campus.

How did you use your Augie Choice?

I used my Augie Choice this past summer to help pay for rent and living costs while I interned for the City of Rock Island.

What will you miss the most?

The people. The energy and warmth that everyone gives off at Augie is how I know I made the right choice.

Advice for the Class of 2026?

Be comfortable with who you are. Don’t be afraid to be yourself because you’ll find your group of friends quickly.

"Mikey is a vibrant, self-driven and relatable person, who has done a terrific job of taking advantage of his opportunities at Augustana and used his role to build respect and extremely strong relationships with his teammates. Couldn't be more proud of who he has become and where he is going.”

– Steve Bell, head coach, football