Go Viking: Summer 2014

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a message from Madeleine Ellis

Choosing to Go Viking is what I would call a “two-for-one special.” By committing to living and learning at Augustana College, not only are you welcomed into the extraordinary community of Augustana, but also the sensational community of Sioux Falls.

Sioux Falls has exceeded my expectations since day one. I have lived all over the country and I can confidently say that I have never experienced a city more welcoming, dynamic, and engaged as Sioux Falls. After numerous concerts, phenomenal restaurants, city-wide festivals, and adventures across the unique local landscape, I quickly learned that this city is not only beautiful, but booming with activity. Regardless of where your interests lie, there is something for everyone to explore, discover, and create, right here in Sioux Falls.

The great food, flourishing art culture, beautiful outdoor spaces, and fun nightlife make it an exciting city to live in, but the people are what make Sioux Falls the perfect place to call “home.” Each and every day I am floored by the kindness and compassion of the community here. It is remarkable to find a place bursting with big-city amenities and opportunities, yet saturated with small town charm and hospitality. Sioux Falls truly is, in my opinion, the Midwest’s best kept secret.

It is incredibly fitting that Augustana College, an institution built upon community, is located in the heart of one of the country’s friendliest cities. As a new staff member who has experienced first-hand what it is like to assimilate into the Augustana community, I can confidently say that I have never felt so warmly welcomed anywhere in my entire life. Consequently, I assure those who will be joining us this fall, or perhaps further down the road, that at Augustana you will be received with open arms and continuously supported as you embark on what will be, without a doubt, one of the most enlightening, challenging, and transformative journeys of your life.

For those of you considering whether to “Go Viking,” I invite you to take advantage of this “two-for-one special” and experience a premier college located in a premier city. With the abundant internship opportunities for students across all fields of study, the exciting and fresh events throughout the city, and the contagious happiness of its residents, Sioux Falls is the perfect complement to an Augustana education. The best advice I have ever received was to “bloom where you’re planted,” wherever that may be. Whether you have lived here your entire life, or you are considering making the move, I encourage you to plant yourself in Sioux Falls and I dare you to bloom at Augustana.