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Musa Abd’Alim

Musa Abd'Alim, a sophomore in elementary education, looks forward to instilling the values of kindness and family in his future classroom.

Danielle Childers

Danielle Childers grew up surrounded by food. She decided to study culinary food science at Iowa State, in hopes of eventually working in food research and development.

McKenna Meier

McKenna Meier expands personal horizons as she pursues becoming a pediatric physical therapist outside of her home-state of Montana. No matter where she ends up, she plans to help make a difference in people's lives. 

Abby Batson

Abby Batson came to Iowa State University searching for the perfect career for her. After exploring the College of Human Sciences, she discovered that she fit perfectly in the event planning industry.

Allison McDonald

When Allison McDonald thought about what her dream job would entail, she realized that teaching children was exactly the career she was looking for. Now at Iowa State, she's majoring in elementary education to make her dream a reality.

Paige VandeWiele

Paige VandeWiele has always had a creative outlook on things. Majoring in event management, she hopes to apply her artistic mindset to her event management work. 

Josh Riesenberg

Josh Riesenberg has always enjoyed staying active, as well as creating positive change in people's lives. To combine these two interests, kinesiology and health was the perfect fit for him. Now, Josh is working at holding his dream job of working in sport biomechanics to help athletes prevent sports-related injuries. 

Kristen Twinam

Kristen Twinam has been devoted to the health field since her very first middle school health class. Her goal now is to be able to help better people's lives through work as a clinical dietitian.

Hannah-Iverson Jones

Hannah Iverson-Jones desires to someday live on the West Coast while working in the fashion industry. Her experience in student organizations and job experience have helped prepare her for her future career. 

Hannah Buscher

Hannah Buscher has been inspired throughout her life to go into the medical field, and at Iowa State, she's preparing to do just that. Hannah is studying kinesiology and health in hopes of changing people's lives for the better.

Ser Paw

Ser Paw has a passion for college campuses and helping underrepresented students grow more comfortable during their college experience. After graduating in May, she plans on pursuing her graduate degree in student affairs. She hopes to someday work as an adviser or program coordinator on a college campus. 

Shiloh Schlauderaff

Shiloh Schlauderaff's natural talent for planning made her a natural candidate for Iowa State's event management program. After gaining internship and research experience, Shiloh is ready to move forward and lead within the event industry.

Taylor Sicard

Taylor Sicard discovered her passion for helping others learn from a young age when she frequently found herself helping her fellow classmates. Now, a senior at Iowa State, Taylor is preparing to one day have her own classroom. 

Anna Davis

Anna Davis always had a feeling that she'd end up going into the health field. Here at Iowa State, she's following her dream and aiming to become a pediatric occupational therapist.

Jaimie Stites

Jaimie Stites, a double-major with a knack for creativity, has a passion for making new students feel comfortable and informed before coming to college.  

Josie Rodriguez

Josie Rodriguez always knew that she wanted to work with the youth population in the future. Through her steady involvement in the Iowa State campus chapter of Iowa Network Against Human Trafficking, Josie has discovered her passion for outreach education and advocacy. 

Lucas Jurasek

Lucas Jurasek has always held a passion for deepening human connection. Combining this passion with his desire to help others medically led him to discover his dream career of becoming a physician. 

Jared Bravard

Jared Bravard came across a financial literacy class in high school and has loved the field ever since. Following his passion for helping people with their financial situations and his love for writing, he is double majoring in financial counseling and planning, and journalism at Iowa State University.

Jaret Miller

Teaching wasn't always what Jaret Miller thought he wanted to do, but once he experienced what it was like to work in a middle school classroom, he instantly knew that it was his calling. At Iowa State, he's majoring in elementary education in hopes of having a positive impact on his future students.

Diego Bonilla

Diego Bonilla discovered event management through his involvement with the Student Union Board freshman year. Now a senior, Diego is a campus leader in his organizations, preparing for a fulfilling career as a professional in events.

Ashtyn Perrin

Ashtyn Perrin discovered her passion for optometry through conducting research with the ophthalmology department in Iowa State's College of Veterinary Medicine. Although she plans on working with humans in the future, the opportunity provided her with bountiful amounts of experience and a newfound passion. 

Danielle Garth

Danielle Garth's experience as a first-generation college student led her to pursue a career in student affairs. Here at Iowa State, she already has her foot in the door, working for Student Accessibility Services.

Bryce Friederich

Bryce Friederich first discovered his passion for hospitality management and customer service during his time as a conference manager for Conference Services at Iowa State University. Now as a senior, Bryce is excited to continue networking and exploring the industry. 

Emma Christopher

Emma Christopher became interested in the physical therapy career path in middle school while preparing for a school presentation. Since then, she's always known she would end up where she is now: studying to become a physical therapist at Iowa State University.

Morgan Brinning

Morgan Brinning grew up as an Iowa State University fan, as both of her parents are alumni. But she quickly developed her own connection to the university after touring the kinesiology department on campus, and discovered her home away from home. 

Jace Leininger

After recovering from multiple sports injuries as a high school athlete, Jace Leininger knew that he was interested in pursuing a medical career to help others. Because of the role models he had growing up, he now wants to become a role model for children himself, as a pediatrician.

Griffin Meyer

Griffin Meyer was undecided about his future career path prior to his freshman year at Iowa State University. With the help of his mother's advice and Find Your Future in Food and Nutrition through Science Day 2018, he landed on the perfect major for him: culinary food science.

Anna Tystahl

Anna Tystahl's heart has always been set on attending Iowa State University. Carrying her grandfather's Cyclone passion with her, she strives to aid others in her future career as a physician assistant. 

Sara Mejia

Sara Mejia came to Iowa State to pursue her dream of learning apparel, merchandising, and design. Along the way, she learned about herself and found her dedication to helping others.

Victoria Tappa

Victoria Tappa was determined to find a college that would allow her to stay true to herself, while continuously growing and learning. A junior now at Iowa State University, Victoria implements the University's Principles of Community into her daily life, choosing her own adventure every step of the way.

Bingyue Wei

Bingyue Wei is working to combine her passions of sustainability and teaching together to one day mentor her own students on creative, wearable garments. While working on her research, she also teaches multiple classes at Iowa State University, further preparing her for her dream job. 

Nikki Latimer

Nikki Latimer's natural leadership skills have allowed her to flourish within both on and off campus organizations. Ecstatic to expand upon her knowledge on pre-occupational therapy, Nikki looks towards the future by applying to graduate programs.

Linda Tong

Linda Tong started her business, Linda Tong Planners, after her first year of college. She then grew her business with the help of the CYstarters program, and is now selling her planners internationally.

Michelle Burton

Passionate about sustainability and teaching, Michelle Burton pursues her goal of lifelong learning by earning her advanced degree and implementing environmentally friendly practices in her life and career.

Diana Fonseca Garcia

Diana Fonseca Garcia knows what it's like learning English while going to school as a young student. After graduating, she hopes to become a teacher and principal, and use technology to implement a dual language program in all of her hometown's elementary schools.

Dillon Burns

Dillon Burns is a highly nontraditional student who decided to further his education at Iowa State University. Now, Dillon operates his own business, Anchor Fitness & Nutrition.

Monica Lara

Monica Lara wants to drive discussion to promote self-growth and awareness of inequality issues as a future upper elementary or middle school teacher.

Malvika Rajagopal

Malvika Rajagopal came to Iowa State University with two degrees in human resources, hoping to apply that knowledge to a degree in fashion. Now, she's a second year master's student in apparel, merchandising, and design, aiming to start her own business.

Lucy Burzynski

Lucy Burzynski's overall passion for social justice and eliminating systemic barriers shines through as she works towards her career aspirations of working with a non-profit providing exercise, sport, and health resources for diverse and oppressed communities.

Elea Kaptain

Elea Kaptain has worldly experience teaching in the field she thoroughly enjoys: languages. Later this fall, she hopes to continue her passion by becoming a language teacher in the Netherlands. 

Sophia Luu

Sophia Luu has made the most of her college career with undergraduate research, study abroad, and more. Her love for textiles and cultural dress leads her to pursue apparel education and research.

Holly Appleton

Holly Appleton was studying abroad in Ireland when she first envisioned herself working in biomanufactoring. Back at Iowa State University, Holly works to gain an abundance of experience and memories before graduation.

Lily Harvison

Growing up with family ties to the medical field, Lily Harvison has always envisioned herself following suit. Now living out those aspirations, she is working toward becoming a physician assistant and helping others on a day to day basis. 

Lora Duncan

Lora Duncan is on track to graduate from Iowa State University for the second time; she is earning her bachelor of science degree in nursing (BSN) to better serve her community as a hospice nurse.

Tilak Patel

Tilak Patel gains a deeper look into bio-mechanics through undergraduate research; serves as president of Weight Club.

Jacob Wallace

By combining their love for travel, entertainment, and working with others, Jacob Wallace plans on using their hospitality management major and minors in event management and entrepreneurial studies to propel them into the career world, and land them a job they love. 

Allison Buckert

Growing up, Allison Buckert always enjoyed visiting her older sister on Iowa State University's campus. Now, a junior at Iowa State, Allison is living her own adventure while pursuing her dream career of becoming a physician assistant. 

Claudia Carrillo

Claudia Carrillo challenged herself by moving to a different country and pursuing undergraduate research. She uses her "minute of courage" to go after what she wants.

Cortney Elkin

Cortney Elkin investigates the intricacies of the human body through studying kinesiology and dancing.

Hannah Mauser

Hannah Mauser was unique in her interest in fashion coming from a small high school. Her time at Iowa State University has now helped her grow in the industry, and prepare her for her future.

Kimberly Chew

Kimberly came to Iowa State to grow her knowledge of dietetics. She's helped better campus along the way to her future career.

Olivia Osborn

Olivia Osborn follows in the footsteps of her mother and studies to become a clinical social worker for dependent adults.

Rachel Wilkens

When Rachel came to Iowa State University, she found an interest in the dietetics field. She hopes to continue to help people through her major, eventually working as a registered dietitian in underserved areas.

Jonathan Mennecke

Jonathan Mennecke participates in undergraduate research to continue building his knowledge of cardiovascular systems.

Megan Romans

Wanting to become a support system for others, Megan Romans' research focuses on bringing attention to a plethora of social issues while starting a conversation about important topics. 

Jarrel Johnson

Jarrel Johnson has meticulously planned out his career in phases. His current phase, research and teaching, includes expanding his knowledge on identities and how higher education institutions play a role in supporting them.

Amy Eckstrom

Amy Eckstrom loves helping people of all ages. At Iowa State, she's narrowed down her interest to helping children from middle childhood to adolescence cope with mental illnesses.

Annie Fitzpatrick

Annie Fitzpatrick travels to fashion capitals around the globe to learn more about merchandising within retail companies and applies her knowledge as a director for The Fashion Show.

Taeghan Sharpe

Taeghan Sharpe gains experience through volunteer work at a physical therapy office, while also upholding leadership positions in her activities.

Clare Andresen

Clare Andresen came to Iowa State University undecided, and after exploring her options she found her passion for financial counseling. Determined to help others overcome financial obstacles, she is excited to advance into her professional career. 

Sierra Weldon

Sierra Weldon has always held a love for exercise and eating healthy, which led to her interest in the nutrition field. Using her college experiences and passion for nutrition, she aims to become a dietitian after graduation.

Jacie Legois

Jacie Legois started her culinary journey photographing food for her Instagram page, which inspired her to study culinary food science.

Mikayla Weron

Mikayla Weron aims to become a physician assistant in the future. She's becoming involved in all she can at Iowa State to best prepare for graduate school and her future.

Isaac Ramos

As a first-generation student, Isaac Ramos is driven by his parents' inspiring words to pursue a career in pharmacy with an emphasis on cancer treatment research.

Payton Thomas

Payton Thomas has always known that she wants to become a teacher. As she gains teaching experience at Iowa State, she knows she is exactly where she is supposed to be. Payton is ready to establish her own teaching philosophy after graduation. 

Rotem (Ro) Arieli

Ro Arieli works to improve the lives of older adults through her graduate research on successful aging.

Rachel Sodawasser

Growing up, Rachel Sodawasser was interested in how nutrition plays a major role in our health and wellness. Now studying nutritional science, Rachel is gaining knowledge and applying it to real-world medical experiences. 

Avery Maresca

Avery Maresca gains teaching skills through her courses so she can become a role model for future K-1 students.

Amy Yager

Amy Yager uses personal experience with trauma as motivation to better the lives of children through future career as a children's mental health therapist.

Emily DeDoncker

Emily DeDoncker plans to work for an outdoor retail and lifestyle brand after college. She's using her experience from her double major and involvement in the National Retail Federation Student Association (NFRSA) to set herself apart and reach her goals.

Cory Bock

Cory Bock has always held a deep passion for music. During his time at Iowa State, he discovered the event management major, which led him to pursue a career as an artist manager. 

Alaina Bohnert

Alaina Bohnert wants to use her nursing education as an intensive care or trauma nurse, with a focus on preventative medicine.

Isaiah Sents

Isaiah Sents' dream is to become a professor and a costume designer, in hopes of contributing to the body of knowledge on fashion communication.

Emily Nyren

An impactful internship led Emily Nyren to pursue event management studies at Iowa State University. Now she's gaining the skills she needs to fulfill her dream of being a wedding planner.

Abigail Almanza

Abigail Almanza has always had a knack for math. Inspired to help others, Abigail looks forward to aiding in her future student's success and growth within mathematics. 

Amy Schraeder

Amy Schraeder discovered her knack for sewing and numbers at a young age. Now a sophomore at Iowa State University, Amy is excited to bring awareness to the sustainable clothing industry after graduation.

Brittany Bullock

Studying nutritional science at Iowa State opened Brittany Bullock's eyes to a new lens on health that she can apply to her future career as a pharmacist.

Maggie Davis

Since high school, Maggie Davis has asked herself how she can become the best version of herself through nutrition and activity. Now majoring in diet and exercise at Iowa State University, she's learning to answer that question for herself and for others.

Claire Turner

Claire Turner fed her passion of helping others by coordinating philanthropic events during her internship.

Faith Anton

Faith Anton has been interested in diet, exercise, and health from a young age, often doing her own research. Now a junior at Iowa State, Faith is excited to utilize the information she's gathered and apply it to her dream career as a physician assistant. 

Maria Alcívar Zúñiga

Maria Alcívar Zúñiga knows what it's like to live undocumented in the U.S., so she is utilizing her education and research to positively impact immigrant families.

Alayna Meeks

Alayna Meeks flourishes in child, adult, and family services through her job, volunteer work, and internship.

Leidys Gutierrez-Martinez

Leidys Gutierrez-Martinez became a practicing physician in Colombia before coming to Iowa State University to research cardiovascular health under associate professor of kinesiology, Duck-Chul Lee.

Mark Bollom

Mark Bollom has always wanted to know why things are happening the way they are. At Iowa State, he's able to work toward answering those questions, while participating in impactful research on bigels and probiotics.

Andrea Figg

After transferring to Iowa State her sophomore year, Andrea Figg was able to study family and consumer sciences education and studies while obtaining a coaching endorsement. This will allow  her to become a family and consumer sciences teacher and an athletics coach.

Fabiha Mahmud

During high school, Fabiha volunteered at her local elementary school. This helped her recognize that she belonged in early childhood education.

Brooke Harbaugh

Brooke Harbaugh grew up playing school as a child. Now a junior at Iowa State, Brooke can't wait to become a role model for her future students. 

Tanner Bos

Tanner Bos is channeling his love for football into his future career. Read how this athletic training student snagged a prestigious internship with the Denver Broncos.

Dariana Glasco-Boyd

Dariana Glasco-Boyd became interested in student affairs after earning her bachelor's degree in psychology and sociology. She decided she wanted to become a faculty member in a student affairs program to help Hispanic students while speaking their primary language.

Jacey Ellis

Jacey made the decision to transfer to Iowa State University the second semester of her freshman year. She has found her home at Iowa State, studying elementary education and making a positive influence.

Jenny Phan

Through an encouraging adviser, personal ties, and a bold leap, Jenny Phan became an emerging researcher with a prestigious fellowship at Iowa State University.

Natali Jouzi

Through her travels, Natali Jouzi has seen how she can help the people around her through her future healthcare management career.

Alyson Rogers

Alyson Rogers' academic drive has allowed her to grow as an individual and prepared her for her dream of becoming a child life specialist. 

Shelby Zahradnek

Shelby Zahradnek built her foundations as a leader through Family, Career and Community Leaders of America. She's now preparing herself to be an advocate for her future family and consumer sciences and art students.

Cole Kramer

Cole Kramer's efficiency, organization, and time management skills are propelling him toward his dream career: president of Walt Disney World Resort.

Alyssa Hanson

Alyssa Hanson has always appreciated art. After coming to Iowa State to pursue her graduate degree, she discovered a deep interest in art education.

Teri Jo Lane

Switching majors can be a difficult transition, but Teri Jo is thriving in elementary education, with a plan for the future that involves middle school math and coaching.

Sydney Hogle

Sydney Hogle has always enjoyed the idea of becoming a wedding planner. Now, completing her last year at Iowa State, Sydney is confident moving forward and ecstatic for what her future holds. 

Natasha Peterson

Natasha Peterson finds solace in gerontology studies as a graduate student after the death of her grandmother.

Jaymie Wasem

Jaymie Wasem's ultimate goal is to be the best teacher she can be. She developed the confidence and leadership skills of a great educator through her involvement with Family, Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA).

Sarah Jenkins

Sarah Jenkins was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes during her junior year of high school. A visit to a dietitian who was also diabetic changed the course of Sarah's future.

Grace Carey

Grace Carey has a distinguishable curiosity for science, which propels her forward in her pediatric dietetics career planning.

Megan Meyn

Megan Meyn has always been interested in being a teacher. Now, she's studying elementary education to create a positive, enjoyable learning environment in her future math classroom.

Jessica Hansen

Jessica Hansen's experience as a Heddleson Intern with ISU Extension and Outreach helped her to gain valuable experience that she hopes to apply in the real world.

Brynn Hansen

Brynn Hansen has wanted to be an elementary school teacher since kindergarten. Here at Iowa State, Brynn is now working to make her dream come true.

Elena Sieverding

Elena Sieverding has always loved Iowa State. Now, graduating come Spring 2020, Elena is excited to apply the skills she has learned through her classes to her future career and within her photography.

Emily Carley

Emily Carley has always wanted to be a physical therapist; now, she's studying kinesiology and psychology at Iowa State to make her dream a reality. 

Marcus England

Marcus England has always loved the sports world; through wrestling in high school he found the career path he wanted to follow. Now a senior at Iowa State, Marcus is excited to see how he can aid athletes in his future career.

Jenna Baumler

Working in a preschool classroom in high school inspired Jenna to study early childhood education. Read about how Jenna's experiences in clubs and in the classroom have contributed to her growth as a student.

Sara Siebrecht

Sara Siebrecht uses her food allergen as her incentive to develop allergen-free recipes for consumers to enjoy, while spreading awareness of food allergens to producers and consumers.

Lexi Stumpf

Lexi Stumpf has known from a young age that pursuing a career in the fashion industry was the path she would take. Now, a junior at Iowa State University, Lexi is confident in and excited for what the future has in store. 

Emma Petri

Emma Petri traveled across the country before she found her true passion of event management. Read about how travels through the National Student Exchange led Emma to her current major at Iowa State.

Kayla Schaufenbuel

Kayla Schaufenbuel has always enjoyed working with kids and watching them develop. After college, she plans to encompass her interests of teaching and engaging in sports as a middle school math teacher and a high school volleyball coach.

Miranda Keith

Miranda Keith has a plethora of passions she is pursuing. Transferring to Iowa State to follow one passion unexpectedly led Miranda to child, adult, and family services and another passion for working with at-risk youth.

Julia Hansen

Julia Hansen has undergone physical therapy as a patient, and now looks to pursue it as a career. Read more about how the kinesiology and health program has helped Julia to obtain research opportunities to extend her knowledge on the human body.

Anna Wellman

Anna Wellman has completed practicum experiences in an elementary classroom to work toward her dream of being a teacher.

Ellen Hungerford

Ellen Hungerford has always wanted to work with people. After talking with a friend that had changed their major to event management, her inspiration was sparked. Now, Ellen is interested in a variety of fields within her major, and continues to gain inspiration from her internship, study abroad experience, and classes.

Katie Westlake

Katie Westlake plans to become an elementary teacher after college. Before and during her time at Iowa State University, she has collected multiple leadership experiences that are paving the way toward her future career.

Gabrielle Woods

Gabrielle Woods has been impacted by Alzheimer's disease in her personal life, and that pushed her even closer to studying gerontology. Read about how the gerontology master's program has led Gabrielle to a future career of helping others through hardships.

Lillie DeVries

Lillie DeVries has interned with Sherri Hill and Under Armour while working toward becoming a couture designer in New York.

Alyssa Rosenbaum

Alyssa Rosenbaum educated families on the importance of local, healthy eating as a Rising Star Intern for Iowa State University Extension and Outreach. Read about how adding a second major in culinary food science helped Alyssa pursue her passions.

Amanda Bries

Amanda Bries has been with Iowa State since the beginning of her undergraduate degree in dietetics — now, she's nearing earning her doctorate in nutritional sciences. Read about how Amanda has taken advantage of numerous research opportunities to reach her goal of becoming a scientist.

Emily Leerhoff

Emily Leerhoff is a family and consumer sciences education and studies major who is passionate about teaching. As a Rising Star Intern for Iowa State University Extension and Outreach this summer, Emily got to impact communities in ways she'd never thought of before.

Claire Groth

Claire Groth's experience as a Rising Star Intern with ISU Extension and Outreach helped her develop skills in food, nutrition, and community outreach that will support her far beyond graduation.

Maria Perez

Maria Perez went from majoring in theater arts as an undergraduate to pursing a PhD in kinesiology with a focus in exercise psychology. She's now passionate about informing others about the mental health benefits of being active.

Dyese Matthews

Dyese Matthews has been fascinated by fashion since she was a young girl watching her mother get dressed. Now a master's of science student, she focuses on researching the influence of Black fashion and American history with the end goal of being a professor and entrepreneur.

Kelsey Best

Kelsey Best plans on working in the golf industry and planning major tournaments. When she isn't focused on schoolwork, Kelsey is involved in her sorority and communication studies club. 

Lydia Granahan

Lydia Granahan changed her major to event management to work with a balanced mix of creativity and numbers. As an intern for the Academy of Country Music Awards, Lydia is actively preparing herself for her dream career in the music industry.

Kathy Franco Torres

Moving from Puerto Rice to come to college at Iowa State University, Kathy Franco Torres has had to do a lot of adjusting – but her new home has brought her closer to realizing her goal of becoming a neurosurgeon.

Dawn Hales

Dawn Hales has looked forward to earning a bachelor of science degree in nursing (BSN) since she began her nursing career about 25 years ago. Dawn is proud to lead a team of 20 nurses and 40 aides as the director of nursing. She wants her journey of obtaining a BSN to set an example for her coworkers.

Kiara Roberts

Kiara Roberts, as part of the Cyclone Scholars is a scholarship program, wants to make a difference in by researching and developing solutions for hunger relief and food insecurity around the world.

Alicia Miltner

Alicia Miltner’s personal experience with hospice care made her realize what she wants to do with her life and what’s important to her. She wants to impact people's lives as a physician assistant.

Maggie Hanneman

Teaching is in Maggie Hanneman’s blood; Maggie’s grandfather was a teacher and coach his whole life, and her mother has been a teacher since she can remember. Maggie takes the lessons from the teachers and professors in her life to prepare for having a classroom of her own someday.

Allison Gress

Allison Gress lived in Las Vegas, New York City, and Munich while searching for a city and institution that would be the right size and educational fit for her. It was when she transferred to Iowa State that she truly discovered her future path.

Misty Brooks

Misty Brooks is a semester away from earning her BSN from Iowa State. While working through the program, she has uncovered new perspectives on the nursing profession and her role as a caretaker.

Lydia Anderson

Lydia Anderson has wanted to become a teacher for nearly her whole life. Now a sophomore studying elementary education at Iowa State, Lydia has come a long way since erasing the chalkboard in her first-grade classroom.

Nathan Hoth

After transferring from a different college and leaving his baseball career behind, Nathan is looking forward to utilizing Iowa State's nutritional science program to prepare him for his dream career of neuroscience research.

Nicole Kling

Nicole Kling, a senior in diet and exercise, wants to work in community nutrition and help people develop a positive view of healthy eating and exercise. She is now tailoring her research to her future her goals through her work with the Louise Rosenfeld Undergraduate Research Internship.

Lillie Perry

As a financial counseling and planning major, a member of the Financial Planning Association, and a student worker in the Student Loan Education Office on campus, Lillie Perry is collecting priceless experience that will help her help others with their finances.

Brooke Vogel

While Brooke Vogel is currently weighing her options when it comes to post-graduation plans, the Louise Rosenfeld Undergraduate Research Internship is giving her a taste of what attending graduate school might be like, should she choose to go.

Jemie Ilunga

Jemie Ilunga plans to work as a fashion designer after graduation. When she isn't studying, Jemie enjoys watching Netflix and catching up on sleep.

Sydney Washington

Sydney Washington plans to work as a general dentist for the U.S. Air Force. When she isn't studying, Sydney spends "me time" going to the gym or hanging out with family.

Kinzie Matz

Kinzie Matz is one of seven students who earned a 2019 Louise Rosenfeld Undergraduate Research Internship. When she graduates with a degree in dietetics, she plans on becoming a Certified Eating Disorder Registered Dietitian. 

Taylor Barnard

Taylor Barnard hopes to work at the Make-A-Wish Foundation after she graduates. When she isn't studying, Taylor enjoys volunteering, following Bob Ross painting tutorials with friends, and taking care of her plants.

Jamie Stuhr

Jamie Stuhr plans to work as a physical therapist after graduation. When she isn't studying, Jamie enjoys hanging out with friends, watching Netflix, going to the movies, and going to Buffalo Wild Wings every Tuesday night. 

Mary Kate Horak

Mary Kate Horak is one of seven students who earned the 2019 Louise Rosenfeld Undergraduate Research Internship. She has accepted an offer from the University of Virginia Ph.D. biomedical science program for after she graduates in May. 

Khum Yan (Adriana) Chew

Adriana Chew plans on working in food product research and development after graduation. When she isn't studying, Adriana likes to hang with friends, try new recipes, and of course, eat.

Brittney Dvorsky

Brittney Dvorsky plans to work as a kindergarten teacher after graduation. When Brittney isn't studying she enjoys baking, watching movies with her roommates or spending time at home with family.

Sofia Mendoza

Sofia Mendoza is one of seven students who earned a 2019 Louise Rosenfeld Undergraduate Research Internship. She plans on being a health care provider and focus on preventive medicine research. 

Cassidy Swiggum

Cassidy Swiggum plans to work with children as a Kindergarten teacher or in school administration. When the she isn't studying, Cassidy enjoys watching Netflix and reading.

KJ Rauch

KJ Rauch plans to work as an occupational therapist in an acute rehabilitation unit at a hospital. When she isn't studying, KJ enjoys finding recipes on Pinterest, going to concerts and sporting events, watching Netflix, and spending time with friends and family.

Maria Espino

Maria Espino hopes to work as a faculty member at a research institution after she graduates with her Ph.D. When she isn't studying, Maria likes to journal and plan, listen to music, and go to the gym. 

Michelle Brackett

Michelle Brackett is studying to become a preschool special education teacher. When Michelle isn't studying, she enjoys hanging out with friends and watching The Big Bang Theory.

Riley Drake

Riley Drake plans to work as a professor of teacher education after receiving her Ph.D. When Riley isn't studying, she enjoys playing with her dog, reading poetry, spending time with friends and watching Netflix with a glass of Diet Coke.

Paige Perkins

Paige Perkins is geared toward working with campus recreation after she graduates. When she isn't studying or running CHAARG, Paige enjoys working out and spending time with her friends.

Gabrielle Evans

Gabrielle Evans plans on working as a trade show manager at the McCormick Place in Chicago or a catering manager at a large convention center after graduation. When she isn't studying, Gabrielle enjoys trying new restaurants and foods around the Ames area.

Hannah Sunderman

Hannah Sunderman is studying to become a cardiac rehabilitation specialist after graduation. When she isn't studying, Hannah enjoys being active outside and attending Iowa State University sports events.

Lynette Wuebker

Lynette Wuebker plans to work as a registered dietitian after graduation. When she isn't in class, Lynette enjoys finding new places around Ames to get coffee, run, and go on hikes. 

Makenzie Schurk

Makenzie Schurk plans to work as a celebrity stylist or in a wholesale showroom after graduation. When Mackenzie isn't studying, she enjoys hanging out with her friends and going to get half price appetizers at Applebee's.

Hannah Van Roekel

Hannah Van Roekel wants to go into athletic training or physical therapy after she graduates. When she isn't working in the gymnastics athletic training clinic, Hannah enjoys running, baking, and crocheting.

Ashley Jones

Ashley Jones is in the midst of creating her own online event design studio. When she isn't working on her business, Ashley loves to craft: making shirts, canvases, and customized mugs.

Zoe Lambert

Zoe Lambert is keeping her options open when it comes to her career, but she hopes to go into healthcare policy, academia, or become a physician. When Zoe isn't studying, she enjoys going to the gym, tending to her cacti and succulents, and listening to podcasts.

John Kerr

John Kerr plans on becoming a psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner after he graduates. When he has free time, John enjoys watching The Office and Parks and Recreation.

Doug Elrick

Doug Elrick plans to work as a full-time educator in digital forensics after receiving his Ph.D. In his free time Doug enjoys staying active in his church and helping with the church building, teaching a bible study, and leading a small group.  

Loo-Yee Wong

Once she graduates, Loo-Yee Wong hopes to work in a hospital as a clinical dietician, with a possible focus on professional dancers. When she isn't busy with her club involvement, Loo-Yee enjoys cooking and baking with friends.

Steven Waddell

Steven Waddell hopes to one day run his own college. In his free time Steven enjoys photography, writing, video games, basketball, and being vegan. 

Jake Bennett

Jake Bennett is on his way to being an elementary school teacher and basketball coach. When he isn't studying, you can find him playing pick-up basketball at State Gym.

Katie Stearney

Katie Stearney is working to become a physician's assistant in an under-served community after she graduates. When she gets time to herself she enjoys running, reading, cooking, and practicing yoga.

Sela Hanson

Sela Hanson’s on-campus leadership experience sets her apart in the field of elementary education. When she isn’t busy with her extracurricular activities, you can catch her watching YouTube cooking videos, biking, or knitting.

Brea Baumhover

Brea Baumhover plans to work as a family and consumer sciences and health teacher. When she isn't studying, Brea enjoys spending time with friends, participating in multiple clubs, and relaxing with embroidery, cross-stitch, or wool applique.

Emily Parent

Emily Parent intends to use her degree to work on her weight management program full time. When she isn't studying, she enjoys going for a run, cooking, and relaxing on the lake with friends and family.

Megan Slattery

Megan Slattery hopes to use her degree to be a family physician. When she isn't studying, she enjoys going to the gym, making crafts, and exploring the Ames area with friends.

Shelby Dumont

Shelby Dumont looks forward to making an impact in the education profession after she graduates. When she isn't growing her skills as an educator, she likes watching Netflix, spending time with her friends, and trying new restaurants.

Karina Stripe

Karina Stripe looks forward to utilizing the unified program Iowa State University offers in her future career as an early childhood educator. When she isn't working with kids, she enjoys spending time with her chocolate lab, reading books, and eating pineapple on her pizza.

Kaelyn Swartout

Kaelyn Swartout aspires to make an impact helping children as a child life specialist after graduation. When she isn't building her knowledge for her future career, she enjoys watching Grey's Anatomy, hanging out with her friends, and staying involved in her sorority.

Grace Crapson

Grace Crapson looks forward to her future as an educator. When Grace isn't doing homework she co-writes short stories with her boyfriend, reads her Bible, or can be found doing her friends' hair and makeup.

Isabella Ellis

Isabella Ellis wants to work as a physical education teacher for an elementary school after graduation. Outside of her classes, clubs, and homework, she enjoys reading, watching HGTV, and working out.

Olivia Pierce

Olivia Pierce wants to teach 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade elementary school students after she graduates. Outside of her coursework and her job, Olivia enjoys spending time with friends, working out at State Gym, and spending time outside in nice weather.

Kate Pruess

Kate Pruess is incredibly excited to teach family and consumer sciences once she graduates; however, her ​dream​ job is to become a guidance counselor. She plans on teaching for a few years and then get her masters in school counseling. For now, she enjoys spending her free time reading, baking, and going to the gym.

Megan Wiese

Megan Wiese looks forward to chiropractic school once she completes her undergraduate degree at Iowa State University. When she isn't preparing for her next adventure, she spends time hammocking with friends or trying to catch up on sleep and Netflix.

Elyse Christian

Elyse Christian looks forward to educating parents on their children's development after she obtains her degree. For now, she enjoys spending time with her husband, reading, and listening to music.

Corey Ball

Corey Ball looks forward to becoming a physical therapist for athletes after he graduates. Until then, Corey enjoys spending his time listening to music, playing basketball, and lifting.

Mariah Mikel

Mariah Mikel is pursuing a degree in hospitality management with the goal of one day managing a resort in Hawaii. Besides making travel plans to tropical destinations, she enjoys working out, going to the movies, and trying new restaurants in her free time.

Nathan Wanderscheid

Nathan Wanderscheid sees himself potentially owning a hotel or concert venue after graduation. Outside of his internship and coursework, he enjoys listening to music, reading comic books, and hanging out with friends.

Sarah Wright

Sarah Wright has a strong interest for digital retail and hopes to help a major retail company bridge the gap between e-commerce and brick and mortar. Until she reaches her goal, she enjoys listening to Retail Gets Real podcasts by the National Retail Federation and playing computer games in her free time.

Anlis Mercado

After graduating, Anlis Mercado wants to work as a guidance counselor for adolescents. Walking around campus, watching Netflix, or reading a good book are ways she unwinds after hours of classes and studying.

Landon Calderwood

Landon Calderwood is preparing to be a family and consumer sciences professor after graduation. He enjoys playing the organ, watching Netflix, and hanging out with friends when he isn’t focusing on coursework and clubs.

Courtney Biere

Courtney Biere hopes to become a corporate event planner or immerse herself in fashion show production after graduation. While she prepares to reach her career goal, outside of studying she enjoys spending time with friends over board games, eating good food, and attending group fitness classes.

Tammie Melton

Tammie Melton hopes to use her apparel, merchandising, and design major and her second major in marketing to work as a talent manager or for Glossier as a social media director. For now, Tammie watches YouTube videos, scrolls through Instagram, and reads style blogs in her free time.

Gina Lee

After earning her master’s degree and Ph.D. in gerontology, Gina Lee wants to work at a research institution. During her free time, you can find her dancing, watching movies, or Instagraming.

Ryan True

Ryan True plans to become a fitness entrepreneur servicing the wellness needs of seniors. Until then, he likes to watch The Office or whatever is on Comedy Central when he isn't studying.

Vanessa Kime

Vanessa Kime wants to use her degree in elementary education to teach all over the world. When she isn't studying, you can find her hanging out with friends, watching movies, or practicing photography.

Lauren Stratton

Lauren Stratton sees herself doing research, programming, and/or policy work for an organization devoted to helping older adults and their caregivers after graduation. In her spare time now, she stays active at her church, does community theater, and plays with her two bunnies.

Brandon Jackson

Brandon Jackson chose Iowa State University for the kinesiology program. When he isn't studying to become a physical therapist, you can find him working out, watching Netflix, or thrift shopping.

Carter Reed

Carter Reed wants to use his doctoral degree to eventually teach university students. During his time outside of class and lab work, he enjoys playing sports, reading books, playing guitar, and hanging out with friends.

Hannah Dannewitz

Hannah Dannewitz looks forward to working in long-term care administration after she graduates. Until she enters the industry, she enjoys spending time cooking, binge watching TV, and spending time with her dog, Kaia.

Peiyi Lu

Peiyi Lu hopes to use her doctorate in gerontology to be a researcher after she graduates. For now, Peiyi enjoys spending her time exercising, watching TV, and traveling.

Katie Anthony

Katie Anthony wants to be a professor at a research institution to continue researching and teaching. When she isn't balancing the many responsibilities of a Ph.D. student, she enjoys reading and traveling back to her hometown to see her family and her dogs.

Amber Holloway

After spending time teaching elementary education, Amber Holloway wants to continue her education to become a guidance counselor. In between classes and studying, she enjoys doing yoga, trying out new coffee shops, and hanging out with friends.

Diane Tan

Diane Tan prepares for her future career as a clinical dietitian. When she isn't in class or volunteering, Diane spends time with her friends eating food or hitting the gym.

Macy Morrow

Macy Morrow wants to become a physician assistant and eventually work for Doctors Without Borders. When she isn't studying, she likes to explore campus, hammock, and hang out with friends.

Haley Appel

Haley Appel's career goal is teaching in a child care facility of K-3. Until she earns her degree, she thrift shops, spends time at Cafe Diem, and hangs out with her friends.

Haley Schany

Haley Schany is certain she wants to be a physician assistant. In the mean time, she enjoys going on adventures with friends and cheering on the Cyclones with the greatest fan base in the country.

Andra Luth

Andra Luth decided to major in kinesiology after suffering a sports injury in high school. When she isn't preparing for physical therapy school, she enjoys running and watching "Friends" with her roommates.

Megan Wallace

When Megan changed her major to child, adult, and family services after her freshman year, she knew it was the right choice. She enjoys rock climbing, hiking, and going out to eat with friends. 

Leah Beman

Leah Beman wants to be a special education elementary teacher. When she isn’t studying, she enjoys watching Netflix, hanging out with friends, or drinking refreshers at Starbucks.

Anastasia Frazee

Anastasia Frazee wants to use her culinary food science degree to open her own bakery someday. When she isn't trying out new recipes in the kitchen, she enjoys playing soccer and hanging out with her friends.

Marilyn Gasienica

Marilyn Gasienica hopes to use her hospitality management degree to one day work at Disney World. When she isn't planning her next Disney trip, she spends time watching movies with her roommates or rewarding herself with a sweet treat from Dairy Queen.

Angela Kermes

Angela Kermes aspires to own and run her own hotel someday. For now, she spends time with friends, working out, and volunteering at the Story County Animal Shelter.

Kenneth Echevarria

Ken Echevarria loves learning about diet and exercise science. When he isn’t studying, he enjoys spending time at State Gym, making music, or hanging out around central campus.

Olivia Diggs

Olivia Diggs wants to become a tenured professor at an R1 teaching and research academic institution. Between research projects, Olivia finds time to kayak, attend concerts, and support her siblings in their sporting and music activities.

Sia Turner

Sia's goal is to serve as a Peace Corps Youth in Development volunteer. She would also like to be a social worker, empowering teens to improve their lives. Between volunteering, Sia finds time to bike, listen to music, and watch Netflix.

Ashley Murphy

Ashley Murphy knows she wants to work in a Title I school district, as a kindergarten teacher, with at-risk children. When she isn’t studying, she enjoys grabbing coffee from Caribou and sitting on central campus with a book, going to the Memorial Union Maintenance Shop, and finding new things to do around Ames.

Jess Alley

Jess Alley hopes to open her own business collaborating her education with her love for the outdoors. When she isn't studying, she enjoys running, climbing, and backpacking.

Jenna King

Jenna King wants to work as a clinical exercise physiologist with doctors who prescribe exercise as medicine. When she isn't studying, she enjoys rollerblading, drinking black coffee, and working at Great Plains Sauce and Dough Company.

Sarah Allen

Sarah Allen plans to eventually obtain her master's degree in public health and become a public health nutritionist. When she isn't studying, she enjoys spending time with family and friends, hanging out with her dog, and working at ISU Extension and Outreach.

Colleen Humble

Colleen Humble knows she wants to be a sports dietitian. When she isn’t studying, she enjoys cooking, working out, and spending time with family and friends.

Sergio Torres

Sergio wants to one day help people manage their debt as a financial counselor. When he isn’t studying, he can be found dancing, writing, or playing video games.

Kelsey Warfield

Kelsey hopes to plan events for a non-profit organization. When she isn’t studying, she enjoys dancing, hanging out with friends, and taking part in Iowa State traditions before graduation.

Katie Tullar

Katie Tullar can't wait to become a family and consumer science high school teacher. When she isn't studying, she can be found working out at State Gym, hanging out in coffee shops, or exploring new places on campus.

Brie Johnson

Brie Johnson wants to help individuals with their health goals. When she isn't studying, she enjoys going to State Gym, lifting weights, and watching "Grey's Anatomy," "One Tree Hill," or "Supernatural" on Netflix.

Allison Cherry

Allison Cherry plans to make a name for herself in the fashion world. When she isn't studying she enjoys reading novels, road-tripping with friends, and watching Netflix.

Elizabeth Davitt

Elizabeth (Liz) Davitt plans to combine her love of nutrition and exercise in her future career. When she isn’t studying, she enjoys relaxing, having movie nights with friends, and simply enjoying her study breaks.

Gretchen Henningsen

Gretchen Henningsen intends to earn her master's degree and work as a registered dietitian. When she isn't studying, she enjoys kayaking, riding her bike, and spending time with family and friends.

Elizabeth Jacoby

Elizabeth (Beth) loves providing positive event experiences for clients. When she isn't studying she enjoys spending time with friends by taking trips to Target, trying new restaurants, and making trips to the High Trestle Trail Bridge.

Brooke Odendahl

Brooke Odendahl plans to use her dietetics degree to help those fighting eating disorders. When she isn't studying, she enjoys spending time with family and friends, whipping up something tasty in the kitchen, and relaxing with yoga.

Emily McKnight

Emily McKnight aspires to be an author, certified dating/relationship coach, and a tenured professor. When she isn't studying, she enjoys spending quality time with her family.

Gina Lee

Gina Lee wants to become a gerontology professor in the United States. When she isn't studying, Gina likes to surf Facebook and watch movies.