Kaitlyn McFadden's Experience at Iowa State

18 Mar 2022 4:08 PM

By: Nsafi

Kaitlyn McFadden went to a small high school in Texas and she said that for the most part, she enjoyed this experience. She was able to be involved in many things and take classes that she was interested in.

But she said that she struggled the last two years of high school due to a teacher that did not like her and would call her out in front of others. This made her feel miserable while she was in school.

McFadden chose Iowa State because it was close to her family; she has a lot of family that live in Des Moines.


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Zakiya Johnson's Experience at Iowa State

18 Mar 2022 3:48 PM

By: Nsafi

When looking back at her high school experience, Zakiya Johnson can only describe it as being “okay.” She says that being one of the only Black women in her grade made it hard to feel comfortable and connected with the peers around her.

That is why she was excited for a change of pace and scenery when considering college. Johnson is a junior at Iowa State majoring in psychology and she chose this institution because she was offered the George Washington Carver (GWC) scholarship.

 She also liked how strong the study abroad programs were at Iowa State.


Turner Anderson's Experience at Iowa State

18 Mar 2022 3:45 PM

By: Nsafi

 When Turner Anderson was in high school he was fortunate enough to go to a school that had both great students and teachers; it was in this environment that their love for learning and science was nurtured. When he was not in the classroom, he was involved in choir, student council, soccer, and other extracurricular activities.

Adventure, In My Words    

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Ashley Brent's Experience at Iowa State

06 Apr 2021 3:58 PM

By: Nsafi

Ashley Brent chose to attend Iowa State due to the combination of majors that she wanted to take and as well as the courses that were going to be offered to her. 

Brent attended a high school in the capital city of Missouri where she enjoyed her school experience because of her love for academics and the extracurricular activity of band. She expressed how the band helped balance the stress that came with the school. 

Brent is currently a junior majoring in environmental science and community regional planning. 

Adventure, Staff/Faculty Interview    

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Destiny Payne's Experience at Iowa State

23 Mar 2021 2:45 PM

By: Nsafi

When Destiny Payne was deciding what school, she wanted to attend after her undergraduate program, she wanted to pick an institution that would give her a different experience than her last institution. She wanted to go to a bigger institution that also had a well-established student affairs program.

So, when she found out that she could enroll in a student affairs program that had a social justice focus, she was immediately attracted to Iowa State.

Adventure, In My Words, Staff/Faculty Interview    

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Four Years Later

31 Mar 2020 2:05 PM

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As a first-generation college student, my time here at college has not always been sunshine and rainbows. Upon arriving, I was faced with a few difficult circumstances such as:

Adventure, In My Words     College of Business, Asian American, Study Abroad

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WiSE Wisdom from a Woman in STEM

23 Oct 2019 3:38 PM

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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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Plants and People in Costa Rica by Jessica

12 Apr 2019 2:32 PM

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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