Finding a Bold Future

Augustana Vikings have been — and will always be — those who explore, discover and pursue important undertakings; those who seek adventure and aspire for more than the ordinary; those who are truly interesting people.

Audrey Cope, Class of 2021

South Dakota is home to a region known as the Black Hills - an area in the western part of the state that is filled with beautiful greenery, mountains, and geography found in few places across the country.

So when Audrey Cope, a native of Rapid City, S.D. - which is nestled on the edge of the Black Hills - decided to leave her home and come to Augustana University in Sioux Falls, it was because she knew she wanted to help make an impact on the campus and in the community.

As a freshman, Audrey knew right away that she wanted to get involved in many of Augustana’s student opportunities. In taking advantage of some of Augie’s nearly 100 clubs, Audrey found that the Augustana campus was the perfect place to explore her interests.

As a government and international affairs major, Audrey became quickly involved in the Augustana Student Association (ASA) as a student senator, and as vice president in her senior year.

“I like being in a position to create positive change,” Audrey said “being part of ASA has really given me a better sense of context regarding how things on campus operate,” she said.

Audrey also found that the faculty and other students on campus were very supportive when it came to her academic and career goals. This is especially meaningful as Audrey hopes to one day earn her Ph.D. and become a professor - perhaps someday here at Augie.

“Everyone at Augustana gives me the support and encouragement to grow and learn,” Audrey said.

That support has become invaluable during the 2020 spring semester as Audrey and her classmates navigated the uncertainty surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic.

“COVID-19 has made it even more clear how much value is placed on the community at Augustana. Our professors have approached this time with grace and understanding, and our administrators consistently reach out, seeking to provide answers and a sense of normalcy during this time,” said Audrey.