Senior Spotlight: Josh Barrows

Josh Barrows, senior English and Religion major, races through a recent track meet.

Meet soon-to-be-alumnus Josh Barrows, an English and Religion major, and standout Viking for the men's track and field team.

Q: Where are you from?
A: I'm from Helena, Montana

Q: What's your major?
A: English and Religion Majors, Philosophy and Mathematics minors

Q: Why did you choose Augie?
A: I came to Augie because it seemed like a place that would allow me to make the most of the college experience academically, athletically, and socially at the same time. Augustana is a place that not only allows you to be involved in a number of different things, but encourages it.

Q: What are you going to remember most about your time here?
A: I think that I am going to remember waking up in the mornings and walking to class and ALWAYS seeing someone that I knew. You are constantly surrounded by a community who engages with you at Augie. There is nothing better than the sweet smell of dew on the campus green and a smiling face saying good morning.

Q: Plans after graduation?
A: I will be headed to Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania to complete a masters degree in English Rhetoric at Carnegie Mellon University with plans of pursuing an English Ph.D. afterward.

Q: Advice for students?
A: I would advise students to make sure they realize how special the time in college is. It is easy to get swallowed by stress and nerves, but at the end of the day, college is a time when you get to try new things, learn lots of information, and meet wonderful people. Making sure to realize all of this in the moment will make it worth so much more than just trying to suffer through it and realizing that you loved it once it is gone.

Q: Anything else you want people to know about you/Augie?
A: I came to Augustana four years ago and I have learned a lot since then, but even knowing what I know now, I would do it over again and I would never choose a different place to complete my undergraduate degree. It has prepared me not only to engage academically in the classroom, but also to have good conversations and make connections outside of the classroom setting.

Greta Stewart
Editorial Strategist