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Kate Fulginiti

Hometown: Springfield, Illinois

Major: Economics and Business (Finance) with a minor in Communication Studies

Plans after graduation

I will be teaching math in Jacksonville, Florida through the Teach for America Program.

How did Augustana prepare you for life after graduation?

Through the many opportunities to get involved on campus and the wide variety of rigorous classes, I feel that I have become a more effective leader and a more conscientious person. My four years at Augustana have helped me realize the value in working hard, asking questions, thinking from another's perspective, recycling, and showing empathy and enthusiasm.

What are you looking forward to about life after graduation?

I cannot wait to be a teacher. Though I know I will be challenged in the classroom, I am excited about the opportunities to make a difference. I am also looking forward to meeting new people, spending the winter in the Florida sun and exploring a new region of the United States.

What will you miss about Augustana?

The People. Yes, I will miss the lacrosse team and Delta Chi Theta, and of course my roommates, but I will also miss Carol Ehlert, who serves as both my mail center supervisor and a dear friend. I will miss professors like the Marmes and Dr. Varallo who have changed the way I think about life. I will miss kind people like Maria Fonseca (Food Service), Gary Baker (Receiving), and Betty Youngberg (Financial Aid) who simply brighten up your day. I am going to miss the daily interactions that, for the past four years, have made every day more enjoyable.

What was your favorite memory from Augie?

Studying abroad in Sydney, Australia is definitely an Augustana highlight. During my two month adventure, I had the opportunity to take surf lessons, sand board the dunes of Kangaroo Island, snorkel the Great Barrier Reef, attend a show at the Opera House and learn about the stars while event planning at my internship at the Sydney Observatory.

What advice would you give to current students?

If you have the opportunity to study abroad DO IT!! Interlibrary loan the books you don't want/don't need to keep for future reference. Try the vegetable burrito at La Rancherita.