Musical Researcher

Junior psychology major Ali Goers, a native of Chanhassen, Minn., plays in the Augustana Orchestra, conducts research and explores the world.

Q. What’s the best part of living on campus?
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I live in the Odin Theme House.  I appreciate the ability I have to focus on school and college life because I am on campus. I love being across the street from my academic buildings and being able to walk to everything on campus.  

Q. What are you involved in on campus?
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I’m involved in the Augustana Orchestra, Research, Augustana Republicans and the Psychology Club.  

Q. Why did you choose Augustana?
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I chose Augustana for the community atmosphere, the strong academics, and to play in the orchestra. Augustana offered me the greatest opportunity of all of the schools that I considered.  

Q. Where is your favorite place on campus?
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The Commons because I am able to socialize with people and most of the fun events on campus take place there.  

Q. Where is the best place to study?
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The library! It’s underrated.  

Q. What’s your favorite meal on campus?
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My favorite meal is self-made at the action station (stir fry). I like campus dining because it is convenient and allows me to catch up with friends that I do not see on a regular basis! 

Q. What’s a typical weekday like?
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Class, studying, working out, occasional rehearsals, eating in the commons. 

Q. What’s your typical weekend like?
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I like to have fun on the weekend nights, there is almost always an event going on and I tend to get my work done during the weekend days. I find time to work on the weekends and usually have orchestra rehearsal on Sunday nights.

Q. What internship and/or research experiences have you had so far?
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I am so excited to have had an opportunity to participate in both an internship and research! I took a psychology practicum for credit last semester and was able to get a job from it (most of all I am getting great experience for my future). This semester I am participating in directed research with a psychology faculty member. Augustana does a fantastic job providing educational and career focused opportunities for students! 

Q. Have you studied abroad?
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I went to India over J-term my sophomore year and plan to go on another study abroad trip. I love the encouragement and opportunity that Augustana provides for students to study abroad. There are many semester and J-term options and J-term was the best fit for me. Traveling abroad provides valuable educational and life experience and I would strongly encourage everyone to go see the world!

Q. What college search tips would you offer?
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Focus on what is the best for you as an individual. Every person will have an opinion about what the “best” school is and what the “best” major is. Tailor your college search to meet your own needs because you are the one who will be experiencing college. Also, don’t just look at the sticker price. If a school is expensive but seems to be a good match for you then pursue it to see how scholarships and financial aid turns out, you never know what will happen!

Q. What is the one thing you’d say to students considering Augustana?
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Be ready to work hard but remember that it is important to have fun. Professors are there to help you and don’t be afraid to get involved. The more you put into your college experience, the more you will get out of it.  

Q. Favorite class so far?
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I loved both abnormal psychology and social psychology.  

Q. Favorite professor and why?
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Dr. Trainor because he keeps class interesting at 8 a.m.  

Q. What’s been your favorite Augustana memory/moment so far in your college career?
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Realizing the connection that Augustana has with people in India and feeling incredibly blessed to have such an amazing experience abroad. Talking with an Augustana graduate from India was very eye opening and made me realize the opportunities that I have and that I can be connected to someone on the opposite side of the world. 

Q. What do you hope to do after graduation?
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Work for a year and then apply to and be accepted into a graduate program.