Orange Connection experience leads to job offer

Reflecting on her experiences at Wartburg, mathematics major Erica Rittgers ’20 feels confident taking the next step after she graduates in May.

Rittgers, the 2020 Outstanding Senior in mathematics, recently accepted a pricing analyst position with Nationwide Insurance in Des Moines, where she had a job shadow experience through Wartburg’s Orange Connection. Rittgers said the connection through the pre-professional program played a role in securing her job.

“I had the privilege to shadow two Wartburg alumni who were actuaries at Nationwide. I gained professional experience and excellent connections that I believe contributed to my job offer. Looking back, I am super thankful I took the opportunity to be a part of Orange Connection. This is just one way Wartburg has significantly contributed to my current and future success,” said Rittgers.

While at Wartburg, Rittgers has been a track and field student-athlete, manager of the IgKnight Mentoring program, president of the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC), a Math Lab consultant, and member of Phi Eta Sigma, Catholic Knights and Kappa Mu Epsilon.

One of her favorite Wartburg memories was when the track and field team won both the men’s and women’s 2019 Outdoor Conference Championship in Cedar Rapids and celebrated both titles as a track family.

Rittgers also got the opportunity to participate in research as part of her mathematics capstone course.

Erica Rittgers
Erica Rittgers

“I extended research done on an oral dose drug model that analyzed the calculus behind classifying generic drug equivalence,” Rittgers said.

For Rittgers, there were many factors that truly made Wartburg worth it.

“Wartburg has allowed me to grow and discover who I am as a person. Wartburg has enabled me to succeed in the classroom, on the track, and in the community,” she said. “I am so grateful for the experiences I have had and the people who have influenced me during my short four years as a Knight. I’m excited to see how Wartburg continues to be ‘worth it’ as an alumna.”