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Heather Jeffers

Hometown: Warrenville, Illinois

Major: English and Secondary Education

Plans after graduation

I am moving to Togiak, Alaska to teach middle school Language Arts in a Yup'ik eskimo village.

How did Augustana prepare you for life after graduation?

Augustana has helped me become the person I wanted to be. I have learned an incredible amount about the education field and know that learning will help me turn my passion for teaching into something special in the classroom. More importantly, Augie has taught me how to think broadly and deeply, something necessary in order to navigate the world, be successful and find happiness.

What are you looking forward to about life after graduation?

I am looking forward to experiencing new cultures and using all I have learned here to help inspire people. For four years, I have been studying to be what I finally am and being able to practice those skills, to concentrate solely on my passion and my inspiration, is incredibly exciting. I am also looking forward to continuing my education, doing what I can to raise awareness about issues I care about and getting politically involved. I feel graduating gives me an opportunity to make a bigger impact on our world and society and I hope I am able to do just that.

What will you miss about Augustana?

Other than the obvious (my close relationships with friends and faculty), I will miss being a student in the classroom. While I cannot wait to have a classroom of my own, I can't deny the fact that I love being a student. If that makes me a nerd, then I am proud to be a nerd. Learning rocks.

What was your favorite memory from Augie?

One of my favorite memories would have to be when I went on a weekend trip to The Land Institute in Kansas with my Learning Community. The incredibly long bus trip and camping experience was not only a wonderful opportunity to get to know people and faculty members, but I also learned things there about the land that have changed the way I look and treat the Earth.

What advice would you give to current students?

Embrace learning. So often, I hear people talking about how much they hate school and classes and would rather be off doing a million other things. It makes me want to ask, "Then what are you doing here?" The end result of college shouldn't be a $120,000 piece of paper in a fancy frame; it should be becoming educated, becoming knowledgeable and inspired and excited about something that matters to you. This is one of the only times in your life when your full-time job is to learn about what you are passionate about. That is a gift we really take for granted. I am not saying don't have fun. I'm not saying don't go out with your friends on the weekends. I am saying; when the week rolls around, have a positive attitude when it comes to going to class.