After completing my Bachelor’s degree at Augustana, I decided to make the move to “the sunshine state”. Deciding to continue my education I enrolled in a MBA program at the University of South Florida; there expanding my knowledge of modern day business practices. Along with my move from “the land of Lincoln” I was also hired as the Web/Applications Developer for the Sarasota County Tax Collector. In that role I have continue to work on my web concept/design/development skills by means of working on a new web presence for the office. Additionally, while in Florida, I have began expanding my knowledge of the Microsoft ecosystem.
Throughout my four years at Augustana I grew to become part of the Physics Department. Starting Junior year I was asked to hold study sessions for the 100 level class and proctor a 100 level physics lab. I accepted the challenge and found enjoyment in helping others understand the field that I love. From then on my involvement in the Physics Department has increased; currently I proctor a 100 level lab, grade lab reports for the 200 level labs, hold bi-weekly study/tutor sessions for the 100 level class, and tutor individual students taking 100 and 200 level physics.
In addition to physics my academic career at Augustana College included math classes, Spanish classes, and general academic classes. Along with my major in physics I have a minor in mathematics and Spanish.
From 2008 through 2012 I held the position as President of the Augustana Web Guild, a student organization at Augustana College that builds websites for businesses and non-profits. As a member of the group I spent time learning (and staying current) with different coding styles and languages, designing and coding various websites, conducting client meetings, consulting clients with best practices for the web. While being the student president of the group I have experienced many aspects of the business world that have helped me, not only with the Web Guild, but with my studies as a physics major as well. For example, with every client meeting talking to new people and presenting information in creative ways has become easier. These skills have carried over to other aspects of my life by helping me find solutions to different problems that arise. The ability to communicate technical information in non-technical ways has also helped me to write reports and communicate information in ways that are easy to understand by anyone looking at my work.
Additionally, I have worked on design projects that range from envelope layout to book layout. My design career started while working with the Communication and Marketing office at Augustana College. There I was able to learn about print design from Augustana’s designers and production manager.