Pushing herself outside her comfort zone

NAME: Andrea Salow   
CLASS YEAR: 2022
HOMETOWN: Manchester, Iowa 
MAJOR: Business administration 
MINORS: Multimedia journalism, Spanish, leadership

ON-CAMPUS INVOLVEMENT:  St. Elizabeth’s Chorale, Student Ambassadors, Homecoming Committee Volunteer, Wartburg Trumpet writer, Orange Connection, Phi Eta Sigma Honor Society

WHY DID YOU CHOOSE WARTBURG: Wartburg wasn’t even in the top three choices when I was looking at colleges. I visited during Iowa Private College Week before my senior year, and it completely opened up my eyes and made me fall in love with the college and its people. Coming from a high school of 500, the transition to Wartburg College was incredibly easy, and I love getting to see familiar faces often but also learn new ones throughout the year as well. I’m so grateful that Wartburg has become my home, and there is no other place I could imagine being for the rest of the my educational journey. 

WHERE DID YOU VISIT DURING ORANGE CONNECTION 2019: Performance Marketing in Des Moines

HOW DID ORANGE CONNECTION HELP YOU FOCUS YOUR DECISION TO MAJOR IN BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION: My Orange Connection experience really helped me solidify that yes, I want to be a business major. Through the OC process, I learned that although some jobs seem strict with their skills and requirements needed, most of them have a lot of flexibility in hiring and employing peoplewho aren’t 100 percent within the criteria but more than willing to work; they typically want people from different backgrounds that can be a jack-of-all-trades more than focusing on one single task.

Andrea Salow

WHAT DID YOU ENJOY MOST ABOUT YOUR ORANGE CONNECTION EXPERIENCE: I really enjoyed the opportunity to explore more of a metropolitan area and learning how people work in a larger area. I’ve had the chance to visit and explore larger cities for a few days, but never the chance to fully immerse myself in a city-like setting for multiple days and being seen as a resident rather than a tourist. 

WHY WOULD YOU ENCOURAGE OTHERS TO PARTICIPATE IN A FUTURE OC OPPORTUNITY: It really helps you gain a new perspective on a job that you may or may not be interested in. I job shadowed a copywriter and editor for the day, and I learned so much more about the projects that they write for as well as other tasks that come with the job. 

WHAT IS THE ONE THING YOU NEVER IMAGINED YOU WOULD DO BEFORE COMING TO WARTBURG: I didn’t imagine that I could be involved in anything and everything I wanted all at once at Wartburg. I love that you have the chance to participate in student organizations, volunteer opportunities, athletics, music, and still have time to have fun and pursue your education; the diversification of activities and people themselves here at Wartburg is what I did not expect, but love and am so thankful for.

WHAT DO YOU LIKE MOST ABOUT CAMPUS LIFE: I like that you get to have fun and take breaks from your education very often; resident assistants love holding their floor programs, student orgs help you learn more about their cause and take a break from everyday busy life. It makes it easy for one to relax and destress. 

WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE WARTBURG MEMORY: My favorite Wartburg memory so far would be our “Winter Outfly” where the windchill reached around -60 degrees; I remember sitting in choir and seeing an email on my phone pop up from the Juice saying that everything was cancelled the next day due to weather, and everyone was so excited. 

WHAT ADVICE DO YOU HAVE FOR CURRENT STUDENTS: Push your limits and don’t be afraid. Doing this has helped me learn more about myself and where my comfort zones lie. I can already tell I’ve become a better student, friend, and citizen overall because of the positive change I’ve gone through at Wartburg. Participate in something you never thought you’d be interested in. Go for that leadership position. Change your major. It’s your college experience, make it what you want it to be.

WHY HAS YOUR EXPERIENCE BEEN WORTH IT: As mentioned in Wartburg’s motto, the college is “dedicated to challenging and nurturing students.” The entire community here at Wartburg wants to be a part of your journey in college and through life, they want to help you grow into a better person, and because of that, they challenge you to express your strong talents and challenge you to understand and improve your weaker ones, and ultimately, they want to see you succeed.