My professors had faith in me, my future

NAME: Elise Weber-Nelson
MAJOR: Political Science 
CURRENT EMPLOYMENT: Investigator III, State of Iowa Attorney General’s Office: Crime Victim Assistance Division

HOW WERE YOU INVOLVED AS A STUDENT:  President of Wartburg Democrats

WHY WARTBURG: It was a big enough school that I wouldn’t know everyone but small enough that it still felt like a community.

HOW DID YOUR WARTBURG EXPERIENCE PREPARE YOU FOR LIFE AFTER COLLEGE: My professors had faith in me and in my future, and that helped me believe I could do great things in the future as well.

WHAT IS THE ONE THING YOU NEVER IMAGINED YOU COULD DO BEFORE COMING: I was very uncomfortable speaking in front of others and throughout my time at Wartburg I became very comfortable with it and even enjoy it now.

WHY DID YOU CHOOSE TO HOST A STUDENT FOR ORANGE CONNECTION: I thought it would be a nice way to give back to the college.

Elise Weber-Nelson

WHY WOULD YOU ENCOURAGE OTHERS TO DO THE SAME: It is helpful for students to see the different types of positions they can pursue after college that may not be something they thought of before. 

HOW ARE YOU LIVING OUT THE WARTBURG MISSION: A large part of the mission is service. Through my position at the Crime Victim Assistance Division, I serve the public every single day in my job and strive to help others as much as I can.

WHAT ADVICE DO YOU HAVE FOR CURRENT STUDENTS: Enjoy every minute of it because it goes by quickly. Take the challenging classes even if you are afraid because those always ended up being my favorites! 

WHY WAS YOUR EXPERIENCE WORTH IT: I made great lifelong friends. I learned a lot about myself, and my professors gave me the opportunities to become more confident in my abilities.