WARTBURG WAYFINDER

MAXIMIZING YOUR FOUR YEARS

The Wartburg Wayfinder is a tool to help you embrace your passions, realize your purpose,and unlock your potential during your four years at Wartburg College.

Questions? Email derek.solheim@wartburg.edu

Select Your Year in College

Welcome to Wartburg! With feelings of freedom and possibility, first-year students often begin their studies with optimism and enthusiasm. With all these options ahead of you, there’s also a lot of room for feeling overwhelmed. The most important thing to understand is that you’re not alone: you’ve got an entire campus of peers, faculty, and staff here to help you find your way.

  • Get into the habit of checking your Wartburg email and your campus mailbox.
  • Meet your resident assistant (RA) and attend in-hall programming to build your social circle.
  • Meet with your academic advisor and familiarize yourself with MyWartburg and your advising worksheet.
  • College is a process of discovering and solidifying your sense of calling, purpose, and direction. The Student Success Center has a great staff who are here to help you discern your life’s calling
  • Explore your study-away options, such as Wartburg West, the Des Moines Urban Studies Program, and study abroad.
  • Learn more about opportunities and services available to students through the offices of Multicultural and International Student Services, located in the Student Life Office.
  • Work with the Financial Aid Office (located in Luther Hall) to make sure you have a plan to cover your expenses.
  • Participate in the rich array of extracurricular opportunities on campus, such as joining a student organization or a service trip.
  • Be intentional about your spiritual, mental, and physical wellness.
  • Find Your Study Spot – Whether you are looking for seclusion, a nice view or somewhere nearby to get a snack, these spots will make the hours of studying more enjoyable.
  • Stop by the Academic Resource Center and learn about resources that help you achieve your academic goals. 
  • Visit the Student Success Center to find resources to assist with your personal and professional goals.
  • Visit the Peer Learning Lab, a collaborative peer-to-peer learning service that provides support for college writing, reading, speaking, math as well as academic and career related topics.
  • Begin thinking about internships.
  • Sign up for Orange Connection and other job shadowing opportunities.
  • Log in to Handshake to explore internship and job opportunities on campus and beyond.
LSS 2018 - Service Activities
Chapel Ash Wednesday

After a year of exploration, you’ve learned a lot about yourself. Decisions and dreams that you started college with might not fit as well as you hoped, or perhaps they’ve changed entirely. This year is a chance to reassess your goals, make adjustments, and make the most of this year to ensure a successful college experience.

  • College is a process of discovering and solidifying your sense of calling, purpose, and direction.  The Student Success Center has a great staff who are here to help you discern your life’s calling
  • Meet with you advisor and/or the Registrar (located in Luther Hall) to discuss and declare your major. If you don’t know who your advisor is, check your advising worksheet!
  • Work with your advisor to explore your options to study-away, such as Wartburg West, the Des Moines Urban Studies Program, and study abroad.
  • Work with the Financial Aid Office (located in Luther Hall) to make sure you have a plan to cover your expenses.
  • Engage in programs and other opportunities sponsored by the offices of Multicultural and International Student Services, located in the Student Life Office.
  • Begin exploring leadership opportunities by continuing your involvement in student organizations and/or service trips.
  • Be intentional about your spiritual, mental, and physical wellness.
  • Find Your Study Spot – Whether you are looking for seclusion, a nice view or somewhere nearby to get a snack, these spots will make the hours of studying more enjoyable.
  • Stop by the Academic Resource Center and learn about resources that help you achieve your academic goals. 
  • Visit the Student Success Center to find resources to assist with your personal and professional goals.
  • Visit the Peer Learning Lab, a collaborative peer-to-peer learning service that provides support for college writing, reading, speaking, math as well as academic and career related topics.
  • Meet with the internship coordinator to explore opportunities for hands-on experience.
  • Visit Career Services to develop a resume, participate in mock interviews, and prepare for the Career Expo.
  • Think about ways to connect with other professional contacts, such as alumni and faculty, by participating in Orange Connection and other job shadowing opportunities.
  • Log in to Handshake to explore internship and job opportunities on campus and beyond.
  • Continue to develop your social circle by attending in-hall programming, ETK events, and other events on campus and in the community.
  • Continue to connect with parents, faculty, alumni, and friends.
Pathways
Culture Week

As a third-year student, you are in a unique position to contribute to the Wartburg community. You have knowledge and insights from your experiences to help those who are just getting started or who may be struggling. You might be pursuing your passions, or still figuring things out. In either case, there are plenty of people across campus here to help you succeed.

Wartburg West - Denver Skyline
Madelyn Carlson ’18 won second place in the college's Study Abroad Photo Contest with this photo titled "Sweets.

You made it! In the flurry of career or graduate school plans, you may be feeling some of the bitter sweetness of moving on. Saying goodbye to friends and making big decisions about your next steps can be difficult, but your upcoming graduation is also a celebration of the accomplishments of these past few years of hard work. No matter where you go next, you’ll always be a part of our Wartburg community. We’re so proud of you!

  • Meet with your advisor and/or the Registrar (located in Luther Hall) to ensure you are on track with proper courses and your career goals. 
  • Schedule your Senior Meeting with Career Services to discuss your post-Wartburg plans, to develop your resume, participate in mock interviews, and prepare for graduate and professional school applications.
  • Work with the Financial Aid Office (located in Luther Hall) to make sure you have a plan to cover your expenses.
  • Submit your Graduation Application  to the Registrar’s Office by late October. 
  • Continue participating in the rich array of extracurricular opportunities on campus and develop your leadership skills by taking on an executive position in a student organization or leading a service trip.
  • Meet with the internship coordinator to explore opportunities for hands-on experience.
  • College is a process of discovering and solidifying your sense of calling, purpose, and direction. The Student Success Center has a great staff who are here to help you discern your life’s calling
  • Log in to Handshake to explore internship and job opportunities on campus and beyond.
  • Leverage your alumni network by connecting with parents, faculty, alumni, and friends of the college.
  • Attend the Grad Finale!  Held every Winter Term, this event is a one-stop-shop for graduating students to meet with various campus departments.
  • Review your plans for commencement weekend.
  • Be intentional about your spiritual, mental, and physical wellness.
  • Connect with family, friends, and fellow seniors to celebrate graduation.
Parents and Student at Commencement
Successful job interview with boss and employee handshaking