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Image of earbuds and cord. (Text) Monday Vibes Vol. 1 by Damien. Yeah! Hype logo

MSA Vibes Vol. 1

24 Oct 2019 10:38 AM

Damien Damien

Whether you're in the car, in the shower, or on the way to class, take some time out of your day to jam out to songs that will prepare you for whatever comes your way! Updated every week, our new Playlist takes the music you're listening to and shares it so everyone can enjoy.


What are you waiting for? Check out the songs below and start moving!



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WiSE Wisdom from a Woman in STEM

23 Oct 2019 3:38 PM

Guest Blogger Guest Blogger

The last place I expected myself to end up is in the crater of an active volcano, having my skin burned with sulfur dioxide emissions, a backpack heavy with scientific instruments on my back, and the biggest smile ever on my face. Never, ever, up until last summer, did I think I was capable of doing something so scary and so monumental. Hiking up that volcano every day to collect soil gas samples in order to help predict the next eruption was one of the greatest experiences of my life. The greatest part of it all, though, was the moment I stood at the summit of Mt.

Adventure, In My Words     STEM

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No, I’m Not Moving by Maribel

16 Oct 2019 1:36 PM

Guest Blogger Guest Blogger

Although Iowa State’s campus is not New York City, it can still be hectic making your way from one end of campus to another on any given day.

We’ve all had our share of experiences weaving through packed sidewalks on our way to our next class, or lunch, to our rooms, or any of the other dozens of places we as busy college students need to be. We all know the feeling of squeeeeeezing by a group of people along Osborn while hurrying to catch the next bus.

It can be rough out there, can’t it?

In My Words     Latinx, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

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From “Bad Kid” to Now: Imposter Syndrome and My Self-Esteem Battle by Jasani

15 Oct 2019 12:18 PM

Guest Blogger Guest Blogger

I am a 20-year-old IT Professional that has 4 years of qualifiable industry experience, and I still think I’m not good enough and I often believe my successes aren’t my own. My childhood emotional abuse has left me with a heightened since of self-doubt and imposterism. Whether it is within my professional aspirations, physical appearance, or sociocultural relationships, I always have this lingering thought of “I don’t belong here” or “you’re not attractive enough to talk to ‘insert name here’”.

In My Words     Ivy College of Business, Black/African American, Imposter Syndrome

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Happiness is Not Success

08 Oct 2019 11:45 AM

Guest Blogger Guest Blogger

Participating in the Academic Program of Excellence (APEX) prepared me for college in a way I didn’t expect. The Office of Multicultural Student Affairs provided a select number of students seeking to advance in their college careers free tuition, room and board for a summer semester. In addition to classes like Psychology and English, my cohort took an APEX class that taught about social justice issues and transitioning into college as a diverse student.

In My Words     College of Human Sciences, Latinx, APEX

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To Lead in Cardinal and Gold by Anna

03 Oct 2019 4:01 PM

Guest Blogger Guest Blogger

My name is Anna Larson. I am a sophomore studying English Education from Council  Bluffs, IA and this past year I have been given the amazing opportunity to work as a  Cyclone Aide in New Student Programs. In order to obtain the position, you are taken through two rounds of interviews before the selection process. Once you have been 

Leadership Callout    

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Journey to Not Knowing by Harry

27 Sep 2019 12:47 PM

Guest Blogger Guest Blogger

When MSA asked me to write this blog post, I didn’t know where to begin. My name is Harry Nguyen and I’m currently a junior studying business management with a minor in marketing. It only took me up until my third year of college to decide what I wanted to study and I think this is a good starting point to share my experience here at Iowa State.

In My Words     Ivy College of Business, College of Business, Asian American

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Things That Remind Me I'm Black by Toni

16 Sep 2019 1:43 PM

Guest Blogger Guest Blogger

I don’t consider being Black to be a major part of my personality but somehow, it’s the first thing that people notice about me. I don’t walk around campus constantly thinking about the fact that I’m Black but every once in a while (meaning very often), something happens that brings it to the forefront. Here is a list of the most common things that remind me that I’m Black:

In My Words     Black/African American, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

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Plants and People in Costa Rica by Jessica

12 Apr 2019 2:32 PM

Guest Blogger Guest Blogger

Over spring break, I did my first study abroad trip to Costa Rica where I was able to learn about agriculture and be immersed in the Costa Rican culture. Not to mention, the study abroad office hooked it up with all-inclusive, beach front, hotels throughout our stay. Being a senior, I was super stoked about being able to get a study abroad trip into my last semester as an undergrad without having to dedicate an entire semester to do so.

Adventure     Study Abroad