May 27, 2011As Andrew Nystrom '11, Foreston, Minn., looks to the future, he sees a world of endless possibilities. The physics and mathematics double major is studying graduate-level physics at the University of Notre Dame this fall. He was awarded a full financial aid package and teaching assistantship position thanks to excellent preparation from his Concordia education.
Challenging courses and 13 hours of work-study each week made Nystrom's Concordia experience "quite a ride." But along the way, he learned the value of hard work - advancing to a shift manager at the ITS Solution Center and landing a research position at Michigan State University last summer. His motto that "perseverance pays" sets the foundation for what is to come.
"I believe that these challenges have prepared me for the challenges that lie ahead," says Nystrom. "I can't imagine graduate school is going to be easy by any stretch of the imagination. At least I know that I am prepared to meet whatever life throws at me."