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River Stanford

Hometown: East Peoria, Illinois

Major: Music Education

Plans after graduation

I hope to find a job teaching vocal and general music, preferably at the middle school level. Other options would include teaching K-12 music, church music, or teaching Latin.

How did Augustana prepare you for life after college?

Augustana has broadened my horizons by taking subjects that were just interesting to me in high school and made them potential career paths. I feel confident in the choices I have made concerning my future and am glad that I got to discover these choices in a liberal arts setting.

What are you looking forward to about life after graduation?

Finding a job! I know it is a stressful process, but I actually enjoy searching for jobs. There are so many different options out there- from teaching different grades to different subjects to teaching in different countries- I can't wait to find the job that is right for me.

What will you miss about Augustana?

I will miss the variety of classes. I had the opportunity to take classes regularly in the Music, Education, and Classics departments and also enjoyed classes with professors from the English, Theater, and History departments. From now on, I will be in a music classroom nearly everyday, which is quite a switch from the Augustana lifestyle!

What was your favorite memory from Augie?

My sophomore year I got to travel to Sweden with the Augie Choir. It was my first international travel experience and it definitely lived up to my expectations. In particular, I remember singing in a small town called Gavle. The people there were so welcoming and so appreciative of our music and our school. It made me realize just how fortunate I was to have had that experience.

What advice would you give to current students?

Get involved in at least one activity off-campus. Whether it is working off-campus, volunteering, worshiping, studying abroad, or going to community athletic and arts events- whatever you do, it will change your perspective on your college career.