I found my passion at Wartburg

NAME: Bryce Origer 
CLASS YEAR: 2019
HOMETOWN: Cumming, Iowa
MAJOR: Environmental science and Spanish

INVOLVEMENT ON CAMPUS: Castle Singers, Spanish Club, Spanish Honor Society, Student Senate, Intramurals

WHY DID YOU CHOOSE WARTBURG: I chose Wartburg because of the ability to travel abroad with the choir and because of the intimate classroom setting that I thought would help keep me focused.

HOW DID YOU DECIDE ON YOUR MAJOR: I decided on my majors based on how passionate I was about certain things. Freshman year was a huge turning point for me when I went to Costa Rica and realized I really enjoyed the Latin American culture and connecting people with different perspectives, in a different language. Then, sophomore year I took a conservation course and found myself thinking about class outside of class and that was new for me. I immediately let my adviser know I wanted to switch to environmental science from pre-physical therapy.

WHAT ARE YOUR PLANS AFTER GRADUATION: I am an AmeriCorps volunteer and was placed at Lakeside Labs in Milford, Iowa.

HOW DID WARTBURG PREPARE YOU FOR YOUR NEXT STEP: Wartburg gave me a lot of confidence in many skills necessary for being an scientist. I also found my passion and a great spirit of service to work for the betterment of our environment. 

Bryce Origer

DO YOU HAVE ANY MENTORS ON CAMPUS: Some of my mentors were David McCullough, Michaeleen Golay, and Thomas Boerigter. I talked to these people about my aspirations, goals, and doubts, and they always gave insightful input and information that I needed and we learned a lot together as I moved through my journey at college.

WHAT IS THE ONE THING YOU NEVER THOUGHT YOU COULD DO BEFORE COMING TO WARTBURG: Travel to six different countries.

WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE WARTBURG MEMORY: My favorite Wartburg memory is all of the May Terms and all of the great things I have been able to do with those terms.

WHAT DO YOU LIKE MOST ABOUT CAMPUS LIFE: I loved the sense of community living on campus, you are always around your friends and there is hardly a dull moment when you are involved with the campus.

WHAT ADVICE DO YOU HAVE FOR CURRENT STUDENTS: My advice is to seek out your vocation and passion just like is preached in IS 101. Another thing is find a balance between studies and social life, they both are so important and if done right will leave you with the greatest possible college experience ever.