• Maggie Pierson, Master's Student

    "The relationships I built with teammates and coaches are the relationships from my college years that I most cherish."

Maggie Pierson '14

Where Is She Now?

After graduating from Luther in 2014, Maggie spent a year coaching Norse cross country and track and field. She is now pursuing a master of arts in theology at Yale University.

Values Luther’s Supportive Athletic Community

Out of all of her experiences at Luther, Maggie counts her time spent on the cross country and track and field teams among the most valuable. "The relationships I built with teammates and coaches are the relationships from my college years that I most cherish," she says. "I was able to work hard, overcome challenges, experience crushing defeats, and accomplish tremendous victories with the most incredible and supportive family I have ever known."

Advice for Current Students

Maggie's advice to current Luther students is two-fold. "The first part is to take yourself seriously," she says. "Study extremely hard and take advantage of the tremendous resource of world-renowned faculty at your fingertips. Dedicate your days and hours to making yourself better in the classroom, the performance hall, and your athletic venue. Give yourself a chance to glimpse just how successful you can be and how much of an impact you can make."

Maggie also feels that students shouldn't take themselves too seriously. She says, "Leave your books to dance on the 21st night of September, walk to the Whippy Dip and the Sugar Bowl in the same night just because you can, and sit in the cafeteria long after the food has been put away just to laugh and create memories."

She concludes by giving one final piece of wisdom: "Never forget that your Luther experience cannot be summed up in numbers on a transcript or a test score."

Grateful for Work Study Experience

I worked for the three years in the admissions office at Luther. I developed practical skills in organization, relationship building, and working in a thriving environment. Because of my previous experience and advanced skill set I was hired to work in the admissions office at Yale as a first-year student.


  • Cross Country
  • Track and Field
  • Student Athlete Advisory Committee