Home Sweet Home


Though my title may be misleading I do mean it feels good to be back home at Augie. I am grateful for the summer that I had because I got to spend it with the most important thing in my life… family. However with that being said it is great to be back on campus with my second family. As soon as i moved in on Tuesday I immediately began to see my fraternity brothers and great friends come and greet me. The little things matter to me and they are what drive my determination to become the best I can be and to observe the true potential that only I conceal. I have a long and very busy school year ahead of me but I know that everyone has my back and are here to help me whenever I need it. Home Sweet Home for sure!! I will post a picture of my family later today. 

Kesha: Summer fun almost done


I’m realizing it’s almost time to get back to school. We have about a month or so left!! I’m really excited to see my friends. I’m excited to get back to track. I’ve been lifting weights and running this summer to stay in shape. I’m really excited for the season to start, even though I know that’s a long ways away. I’ve still got pre-season to make it through. I am excited to be living in a single this year!!! I am just excited to have a room to myself. I guess the only thing I’m not so excited about is actually doing school work, but then again who is!! My summer is going great and I hope everyone else’s summer is going great too!! =)

Jacob: Time for an update!


I can’t believe I’ve been home for over a month now. I can’t wait to be back and learning!

I’ve been spending my summer working at Six flags as a Guest Relations host.

I’ve also volunteered at a vacation Bible school this last week. It was exhausting but we’ll worth the effort. All of the kids really enjoyed the Bible stories I got to share with them each day!

Lizandra: SUMMER BREAK 2014


Hi! I am officially on summer break! Finals week wrapped up on Thursday and  then my whole weekend was dedicated to band.  I got to play at graduation with the symphonic band and it has finally hit me that I am no longer a first year.  Hello, sophomore-ity!

My freshman year was filled with more ups than downs. Even though I live at home with my parents and commute to Augie, I’ve still gotten plenty of the college experience. I was able to manage my time in between band, homework, work, family, and friends. I went to Japan and had an awesome experience with the Augustana Symphonic Band. I made new friends and kept the old ones.  I’ve gotten to know my professors and my advisors for my majors and I am glad that they will guide me through the rest of my years here at Augie.  Overall, I have grown from a scared little freshman to a confident and curious sophomore.  I cannot wait to see what my next few years at Augie hold in store for me!

Kesha: Summer is near!!!


I have one final tomorrow and on Tuesday I turn in a paper and take my last final then I’m home bound on Wednesday. This year has went really well. The track season ended good and I’m excited for next year. I know I’m going to miss my friends. I guess its going to be weird being home for a whole 2 to 3 months. I’m so used to being here, but I’m excited to see all of my family and friends. I hope I can get a job this summer and save up money. The only thing that I guess I’m really worried about is having to pack all my stuff up to take home. This is going to be interesting haha. Well, I wish everyone a good summer!!!!

Jacob: HOORAY!!!


I’ve been accepted to be apart of the Augustana Choir. I may not have been able to sit down since I got the email!

AJ reflects on surviving first year


AJ stopped by Founders Hall on Tuesday for a chat, wrapping up his first year at Augustana.

First on his mind, he has a pair of papers due Friday in his “Morality and Artificial Intelligence” and “American Christianities” classes, totaling 18 pages

“They could be the death of me,” he said.

Following his finals next week, AJ is driving some seven hours up to Wisconsin to meet his family for a short vacation at a rental house.

Then coming up at the end of June, he leaves on his Jewish Birthright trip — “Ten days of awesome, amazing, super-excited Israeli fun.”

Although he won’t return to the football team in the fall, AJ had a strong spring season throwing the shot on the track team. His season-best of 43 feet, 1½ inches back in April was a team best, and he’s optimistic good offseason workouts will put him in great position to improve as a sophomore.

Finally, the old soul has some words of wisdom for incoming first-year students and those in high school still deciding where to attend college.

“You’ll be questioning yourself about how you got 50 pounds of crap in a 10-pound bag,” AJ said of his first year of college. “You have to eat the elephant one bite at a time. If you try to take the whole thing on, you’re gonna choke and die.

“So take it slow, and just know that if you don’t get a good grade on a paper or completely miss something, it’s going to be all right. You’re going to live through it.”