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Evan Juarez
More Than I Imagined Seniors reflect on accomplishments and look ahead

Evan Juarez

Graduation year: 2023

High school: Moline High School

Hometown: Moline, Ill.

Majors: International business, French

Post-grad plans: Taking a gap year while helping my family business

Why Augustana?

Augustana has provided me with an incredible amount of resources that have allowed me to grow as a student and young professional. The small classroom sizes and experienced teachers provide an incredible learning environment, where I am constantly being challenged and engaged.

Outside of academics, there are many great organizations and clubs that allow one the opportunity to socialize and connect with other students. The experience at Augustana is truly one-of-a-kind.

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

I would say that I am not where I’d thought I’d be. There is just so much that I have been able to learn and actually experience in real life while I’ve been at Augie.

In terms of my personal life, I definitely feel more confident in myself and in my abilities to complete tasks efficiently.

Who helped you get to where you are now?

The amazing professors and counselors are who got me to where I am now. As a freshman I remember being intimidated and scared by college classrooms. However, it was the professors who made the classroom experience so educational and fun at the same time.

If I ever needed anything, I knew that I could just email my professor, and they would have the answers. They really care and are here to see us succeed.

Peak experience?

My peak experience was definitely getting the opportunity to study abroad for a semester in Pau, France. I lived with a host family and attended a local university where I was able to take French and business classes. I was also able to travel and spend time in Europe while I was there as well.

What surprised you?

What surprised me the most was figuring out how to balance school, sports and my social life all on my own. It was a big step from high school, but Augustana helped tremendously by providing the resources needed.

How did you use your Augie Choice?

I used my Augie Choice to help fund my study abroad trip to Pau, France.

What will you miss the most?

I will miss the people the most. The connections made at Augustana are truly incredible. Not just with my friends and classmates but also with the staff. The people at Augie are incredible to work with and are extremely helpful!

Advice for the Class of 2027?

Be active and participate! Go to class, ask questions, stay late after class, go to those meetings, hang with your friends, make friends, join a club, go to the Brew, walk by the Slough and, most importantly, just remember to have some fun! Do it all because time flies!

"Evan’s undergraduate journey is a stellar example of saying yes to all Augustana has to offer. While pursuing a double major in international business and French, Evan also prioritized studying in France for a semester. I will miss Evan’s consistently perceptive ideas about literature, fresh takes on the nuances of translation, and occasional anecdotes about work as a lifeguard (and DJ!). I’m excited to learn how Evan’s future endeavors will benefit from his trilingualism, rich experiences abroad, and willingness to welcome diverse opportunities."

– Dr. Kiki Kosnick, assistant professor, French