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Katherine Walker

Hometown: Plainfield, Illinois

Major: Communication Studies, Religion and Political Science

Plans after graduation

I will be attending Valparaiso University School of Law starting August 18, 2010

How did Augustana prepare you for life after graduation?

Augustana has prepared me for life after graduation by giving me a solid foundation in critical thinking and analytical reasoning skills that are necessary to succeed in law school. Law school is a rigorous, difficult time in one's life, one that many people do not see through. However, I know that the academics and overall atmosphere at Augustana has prepared me for this difficult graduate program. Before Augustana, I was unsure whether or not I would be able to succeed in a graduate program, let alone law school. But now, after four years and learning the skills that I possess, I feel more confident that I will not only survive, but succeed in law school because of my experiences here at Augustana.

What are you looking forward to about life after graduation?

I am looking forward to being able to begin my studies in the legal field and really become engaged in my profession. Undergraduate studies at Augustana serve as a preparation for going to law school, but I am truly looking forward to learning more the different areas of law and that area which best suits my personal skills, values and morals. I have always been intrigued and interested in issues dealing with justice and the law and cannot wait to begin working hands-on with these issues.

What will you miss about Augustana?

One of the things that I will miss the most is being able to be involved in so many things and being on a campus that welcomes this attitude. I am a person that likes to do many different things at once and feel that Augustana gave me the opportunity to do this in many ways. Not only was I able to explore and learn about my interests in three separate majors, but I was also able to participate in varsity softball, play intramurals, work several campus jobs and join several different groups I was interested in. I never felt limited to one group or interest at Augustana and I am grateful for this ability to discover and explore my interests throughout my undergraduate career.
Honestly, I know that I am going to miss my friends and professors from Augustana the most. These are the people you grow with on campus: from that first day as a confused first-year student to today as the senior not ready to leave, it's the people you've met who leave the greatest impact on your experience at Augustana. I know that I would not be the individual that I am without all of those I have been so blessed to meet at Augustana.

What was your favorite memory from Augie?

While there have been so many memories that would be among my favorites at Augustana College, the best memory that I have is with the varsity softball team this year. The team this year is truly the greatest group of girls you will ever meet and we have the potential to do better than any softball team I've ever been on. I've never met a team that is not only determined and passionate about their sport, but also one that is so dedicated and loyal to each other that nothing comes between us. The highlight of our season occurred recently when after believing our season was finished, we received an at-large bid from the NCAA Division III tournament and we are now moving onto the Regional tournament in Whitewater, Wisconsin. This bid to Regional's is a tribute to not only the hard work and dedication we've put in this season, but it also shows our resolve as a team to overcome whatever adversity we face. Honestly, there is no better way to end your college career than going on to playoffs in the sport you love with the people on campus who have touched your life the most. I love this team so much and do not know what I'm going to do without it next year.

What advice would you give to current students?

Be sure to take advantages of all the opportunities that Augustana provides for you. Explore the different programs and activities that Augustana advertises all over campus (whether it's through the emails, the signs all over campus, or word of mouth). There are things that I learned about this year as a senior that I wish that I'd known about in previous years that would have helped me out greatly. I have been lucky in my experience at Augustana, but it might have been slightly better if I'd taken advantage of other opportunities I'd looked over in my previous three years here.

Talk to and get to know your professors. They are terrific people who genuinely care about each of their students, not only academically, but as individuals. My professors at Augustana have been instrumental in my development not only as an undergraduate, but also as an individual trying to find herself and her calling in life. I will never be able to thank them enough for all of their help and hope that current Augustana students realize how lucky they are to have the opportunity to have such wonderful professors.

Find what you love and do those things that make you happy. I know that this is what I did throughout my time at Augustana and it truly made my entire college experience worth it and unforgettable.