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Nick Camlin

Hometown: Rock Island, Illinois

Major: Political Science

Plans after graduation

At this point I don't have permanent plans, but for the next several months, I will be conducting my campaign for Rock Island County Board and working with the Democratic Party of Rock Island County on various projects for the 2010 election. In the long run, I would like to become a public servant.

How did Augustana prepare you for life after graduation?

The Augustana education has taught me to write well, to articulate complex ideas in a clear way, to look for and use resources to solve problems and never to rush to judgment until I examine claims closely. I think those qualities are essential for public servants in a democracy.

What are you looking forward to about life after graduation?

Being on my own time; freedom to do what I want/need to do. I won't be constrained by class schedules, homework, etc.

What will you miss about Augustana?

I will miss the daily exposure to huge ideas that provoke deep thoughts.

What was your favorite memory from Augie?

I have a lot! I am glad that my mother has been a HUGE part of my Augie experience (she is a secretary in the Advancement Department). But I think one of the great memories was assembling on the football field to break one of the most obscure records on the book. (Augustana broke the Guinness World Record for the most people licking ice cream simultaneously in a continuous chain. We broke the record with 2,695 people and eating Augustana's own flavor of ice cream-Augustana Viking Pride.) It was the perfect thing to do as senior year came to a close and the weather turned nice, even if it was an unusual record.

What advice would you give to current students?

My uncle Dave used to say, "Nothin' to it but to do it!" Some classes, assignments and times are very tough, but eventually you will get through them-don't sweat the small stuff-just do it!