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Rachel Krein

Hometown: Champaign, Illinois

Major: English, Theatre Arts and Asian Studies

Plans after graduation

This summer, I am teaching a five-week course on Micro Fiction to high school students with Metro Arts at Quad City Arts. In August, I am leaving for Wuhan, China to teach English majors at Central China Normal University, where I will stay through July 2011. After that, I hope to get an editing job and eventually get married to Ben Webb (also a senior at Augie). Eventually, I want to live in Portland, Oregon, adopt two children from Africa and hopefully open or own a theatre with my husband.

How did Augustana prepare you for life after graduation?

At Augustana, I learned my main passions. The theatre faculty here has helped me discover that I could actually make a career out of theatre and I have had the chance to work in all aspects of the theatre. The Asian Studies program at Augustana has made it much easier to transition to real life by the opportunity to work in China, where I traveled on East Asian term in 2007. The English department has allowed me to find an internship in Champaign and learn that I enjoy editing over writing. My teachers, (especially in the theatre department, where they are like my family), have encouraged me to challenge myself and I have discovered so much about myself through all of these challenges.

What are you looking forward to about life after graduation?

I'm ready to finally make a difference. I'm extremely nervous, but very excited for both of my upcoming teaching jobs. I'm also ready to have a place of my own and looking forward to living in new places with new family.

What will you miss about Augustana?

As much as I dreaded homework, I'm sure that real life will be more of a pain. I felt that I do have a family, including other students and teachers, here at Augustana and I will miss that support system. Mostly, I'll miss seeing my roommates every day and babysitting my professors' adorable children.

What was your favorite memory from Augie?

Two terms would probably tie for this one: the first being the best choice I ever made at Augie, which was attending East Asian Term; the second being spring term of my freshman year in which I pledged Alpha Psi Omega National Theatre Honor Society and played George Tenet (ex-head of the CIA) in the main stage production of Stuff Happens.

What advice would you give to current students?

Talk to your teachers outside of class and take their advice. Even if they challenge you to do something and you end up hating it, you'll know more about yourself for the future. Take advantage of your freshman year. Try to get good grades because classes will just get harder, but have fun, too, especially in the spring out by the slough, because you'll have to worry more about work later. Most of all, try not to let things bother you too much. There will always be drama because everyone hasn't matured to the same level yet in college. Don't let those people get to you.