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Liz Stigler

Hometown: Berwyn, Illinois

Major: Women's and Gender Studies

Plans after graduation

I plan on attending graduate school for women's and gender studies as well as social work.

How did Augustana prepare you for life after graduation?

I feel that Augustana has prepared me to make my own opportunities. As someone who transferred into Augie 3 years ago, I quickly discovered that if I wanted to make a difference on this campus I would have to take the initiative and not be afraid to ruffle some feathers. With the help of a few supportive professors I have been able to find my activist voice which I will surely carry with me long after I leave here.

What are you looking forward to about life after graduation?

I am very excited to be twenty-one at this time, in this country. I feel that while the economy has seen better days, I am perfectly situated to be a bridge between the older feminists of the 70s and the current millennial feminists. I have the opportunity to be and to go and to do anything, and do it joyfully.

What will you miss about Augustana?

Augie has introduced me to some of the best people I could ever hope to meet, and while I will miss not seeing them around campus every day, I have no doubt we will forever be in each other's lives.

What was your favorite memory from Augie?

I was cast in the 2007-2008 play production performance of Christopher Durang's For Whom the Southern Belle Tolls and it was by far one of my favorite Augie shows. The cast (Jen Altenbernd, Nate Klaus, Justin Schaller and myself) gelled so well together, and with the guidance of our fearless leader Katie McCarthy we created this hilarious, tragic, manic, macabre thing that I will always take with me. And I made a giant spectacle of myself, so what's not to love?

What advice would you give to current students?

I would say two things: 1) Take more pictures, even if you think you've taken enough, you haven't; 2) Be selfish. This is the time to figure out who you are, or want to be, and how to get there. And that is a constantly changing process. If you allow yourself to get lost, and get quiet, and be told what mold to fit into, you're going to regret it. Take as much time as you need, and explore all the classes, all the clubs, all the everything this place has to offer, so when you're packing the car on graduation day you don't look back and say, "Maybe I should have..."