In My Words

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How to Make Your Own Compost by B

03 Dec 2019 12:42 PM

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  1. Start with an appropriate container. Location determines what type of container is most appropriate for you.
    1. My passions lie with regenerative agriculture and the stories of people of color. I find joy and strength when I listen to others tell their story and when I work outside under the sun with the land. Due to my passions, I study within the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences. I am originally from Latin America and have made my home in Iowa, specifically in a vibrant area of Des Moines.

In My Words     Latinx, College of Agriculture and Life Sciences

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Choose a side, Tana!

19 Nov 2019 2:09 PM

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I am neither black nor white.

I’m biracial.

I’m Haitian American.

In My Words     Multiracial, College of Engineering, Engineering, Black/African American

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Country Strong by Vashalice

01 Nov 2019 11:36 AM

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“You got to be country strong, from the root (pronounced rut) to the leaves,” my grandmother would always tell me in a boastful manner with pride marching through her words. My grandmother, who is my partial namesake and daily inspiration was all about being strong. You have to be strong in word, thought, and deed is you wanted to survive. In all my life of living, I never truly understood the meaning of being “country strong” until I moved to Ames, Iowa from my small rural town of Bealsville, FL, one of 3 historically Black towns in Florida.

In My Words     Black/African American, women, Grad School

(Text) Today on the Hype: Why I Protest by Anonymous. (Image) hand holding a sign that reads "Don't wait for leaders, become them."

Why I Protest

31 Oct 2019 3:45 PM

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The content of this post is written by an individual student and is not necessarily the position of Iowa State University, the Office of the Vice President for Student Affairs, the Dean of Students Office, or the Office of Multicultural Student Affairs. We do, however, fully support our students of color speaking their minds and raising their voices.


I’m often asked why I protest. Let me explain it to you.

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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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No, I’m Not Moving by Maribel

16 Oct 2019 1:36 PM

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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

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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

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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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Journey to Not Knowing by Harry

27 Sep 2019 12:47 PM

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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

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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