Three years, two majors

NAME: Codey Olson
CLASS YEAR: 2019
HOMETOWN: Bellevue
MAJOR: Mathematics and physics

INVOLVEMENT ON CAMPUS: Resident Assistant, Supplemental Instruction, Sigma Pi Sigma, Kappa Mu Epsilon

WHY DID YOU CHOOSE WARTBURG: I started at Northeast Iowa Community College (NICC) where I obtained my Associate of Arts in general education. I had always planned on transferring after my first year at NICC, and I knew I wanted to come to Wartburg after my first visit here in the winter of 2016. I loved the community here and I knew it would be a great place to continue my education. I felt welcome and all of the faculty seemed really personal and easy to talk with. They genuinely made me feel like I would fit in here.

HOW WERE YOU ABLE TO COMPLETE A DOUBLE MAJOR FOLLOWING YOUR TRANSFER: I had nearly all of my general education classes done coming in to Wartburg, which left me plenty of time to focus on my core classes. 

HOW DID YOU DECIDE ON YOUR MAJOR: I have always been interested in science, but I took an introductory physics course in high school and just knew that it was what I wanted to do. After taking a lot of supporting math courses, I realized I loved the mathematics of it as well and decided to tack the math major on also. 

Codey Olson

WHAT ARE YOUR PLANS AFTER GRADUATION: I will be attending graduate school for nuclear engineering in the fall. I am undecided on the institution at the moment. 

HOW DID WARTBURG PREPARE YOU FOR YOUR NEXT STEP: Wartburg has given me the ability to solve problems and learn new skills when I need them. I have had many opportunities where I had to develop a new skill just to solve a homework problem, and I think having that will allow me to adapt to any scenarios in the future. 

HOW DID YOU DECIDE ON NUCLEAR ENGINEERING: I participated in a summer school program at the University of Utah, and during my time there I studied nuclear forensics, which was what helped me decided what I wanted to do after graduation.

DID YOU DO ANY RESEARCH AT WARTBURG: In my junior year, I studied magnetic induction and the effect of pipe wall thickness on the terminal velocity of a magnet.   

WHO ARE YOUR MENTORS ON CAMPUS: I consider nearly everyone in the MCSP department to be a mentor. I have learned so much from them, not only in class, but through informal conversations and discussions that it would be hard to imagine where I would be without all of them. I really think that they are the biggest reason for all of my successes.

WHAT IS THE ONE THING YOU NEVER IMAGINED YOU WOULD DO BEFORE COMING TO WARTBURG: Before I came to Wartburg, I had barely ever left the state of Iowa. In my junior year, I traveled to Tanzania and studied there for three weeks, and that was truly life-changing. I wouldn’t have ever thought I would be going from not leaving the state to traveling halfway across the world.

WHAT DO YOU LIKE MOST ABOUT CAMPUS LIFE: I like how close everything is. If it’s late, and I need to print something or get a reference for a project, the library is really close along with any other resources I might need on campus.

WHAT ADVICE DO YOU HAVE FOR CURRENT STUDENTS: Reflect on the time you’ve already had here and learn from it. I have found, looking back, that some of the most important things I have learned from Wartburg are by just thinking about things I had done and how they have impacted me. Also, four years goes by really quickly, so take advantage of any opportunities that may come your way.

WHAT ADVICE DO YOU HAVE FOR PROSPECTIVE TRANSFER STUDENTS: While the transfer process can be stressful at times, it is definitely a path worth considering. It’s an excellent opportunity to get some classes in while you may still be exploring your major elsewhere. It also allows you to get an additional degree on your resumé, which can reduce the classes you have to take at a four-year institution and add experience.

WHY WAS WARTBURG WORTH IT: I think the opportunities that I have gotten here at Wartburg have definitely made it worth it. I would not have had the opportunity to go to Tanzania or study in Utah if it weren’t for the faculty and school, and that is definitely going to stay with me for the rest of my life.