Hear our students’ stories

Casey Johnson

Casey Johnson's goal is working in a clinical setting, preferably with Diabetes patients or disease prevention. When she isn't studying, she enjoys spending time with friends, painting, and reading.

Madeleine Kiepura

Madeleine Kiepura knows she wants to work in a test kitchen. When she isn’t studying, she enjoys trying new recipes, swimming at State Gym, and lounging in a hammock on central campus.

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.

Ana Schmitt

Ana wants to pursue a career in teaching after graduation. When she isn’t studying, she enjoys yoga, painting for her Etsy shop, and attending athletic events.

Marissa Carlson

Marissa can't wait to work for a cruise line or country club. When she isn't studying she enjoys playing sports, painting, and reading.

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.

Kelly Verburgt

Kelly Verburgt plans to use her love of nutrition to help others as a dietitian. When she isn't studying, she enjoys spending time with friends, testing new recipes, and working for Human Sciences Extension and Outreach.

Hannah Astarita

Hannah Astarita aspires to work as an activities director. When she isn't studying, she enjoys going for walks, talking with people, and watching movies with friends.

Monica Thornton

Monica Thornton hopes to help people as a future dietitian. When she isn't studying, she enjoys hiking at Ledges, attending concerts, and grabbing coffee with friends.

Sarah Mader

Sarah Mader plans to establish her own apparel design company. When she isn't studying, she enjoys taking advantage of downtime, catching up on sleep, and hanging out with friends.

Katie Dombrosky

Katie Dombrosky knows she wants to teach special education. When she isn’t studying, she enjoys hanging out with friends, attending exercise classes at State Gym, and watching movies at Cyclone Cinema.

Jill Vanderhoof

Jill Vanderhoof knows she wants to be a guidance counselor. When she isn't studying, she enjoys volunteering, spending time on her family's farm, and playing intramural sports.

Haylee Flint-Baker

Haylee aspires to be a Department of Human Services (DHS) social worker. When she’s not studying or working at Mainstream Living, she enjoys reading, going out to eat with friends, and taking naps with her dog.

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.

Casey Even

Casey Even wants to work as a school psychologist. When she isn’t studying, she enjoys shopping, going to $5 movies, and spending time with friends.

Kelly Koch

Kelly Koch is determined to be a child life specialist. When she’s not studying or volunteering as Miss Iowa, she enjoys getting involved in her sorority, going on walks, and working out at State Gym.

Olivia Crane

Olivia can’t wait to teach her own class of kids. When she isn’t studying, she enjoys taking naps, being outside, and attending football games.

Samantha Shirazi

Samantha Shirazi knows she wants to be buyer for an apparel company. When she isn’t studying, she enjoys trying new recipes, baking, and participating in multiple student organizations.

Jenna Petersen

Jenna wants to use her degree in kinesiology and health to work in health coaching and wellness. When she isn’t studying, she enjoys exercising, baking, or playing guitar.

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.

Emma Bixenman

Emma Bixenman aspires to buy for a large apparel company. When she isn't studying, she enjoys going to brunch with friends, exploring Ames, and going to the gym.

Jessica Taylor

Jessica wants to start her own organization and work in politics. When she’s not studying, she can be found following politics, volunteering, or playing with animals.

Hannah Al-Mazroa

Hannah Al-Mazroa plans to become a third-grade teacher. When she isn’t studying, she enjoys spending time with friends and family, being outdoors, and serving as a youth and shelter services mentor.

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.

Logan Schneider

Logan Schneider can't wait to start his financial counseling career. When he isn’t studying, he enjoys running for the Iowa State University track and field team, lifting weights, and training to be an Ultimate Fighting Champion.

Hannah Chute

Hannah Chute can’t wait to teach elementary school. When she isn’t studying, she can be found hanging out with friends, going to sporting events, or watching “New Girl” 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.

Elena Foster

Elena never doubted her desire to work with kids with special needs. When she isn’t studying, she enjoys playing the guitar and trumpet, canoeing, and spending time with friends.

Leah Blankespoor

Leah Blankespoor looks forward to planning events in her hometown. When she isn't studying she enjoys working as a professional princess, posting content on her blog, and surfing Pinterest for DIY crafts.

Genevieve Hepworth

Genevieve (Genny) knows she wants to work as a pediatric physical therapist. When she isn’t studying she enjoys spending time outdoors, reading leisurely, and making time for close family and friends.

Sarah Menzel

Sarah Menzel knows she wants to be a pediatric dietitian. When she isn't studying, she enjoys working out, knitting, and playing with her cat.

Karly Palmer

Karly always knew she wanted to teach. When she isn’t studying, she enjoys traveling, cheering her brothers on in athletic events at Iowa State, and spending time with friends.

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.

Jenna Leland

Jenna Leland can't wait to start her dietetics career. When she isn't studying, she enjoys going for runs around Ames, taking photos, and spending time with friends.

Hannah Walton

Hannah Walton plans to work organizing events. When she isn't studying she enjoys planning events for the Student Union Board, hanging out with friends, and crocheting quilts to de-stress.

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.

Nyahon Both

Nyahon Both aspires to start her own community nutrition program When she isn't studying, she enjoys volunteering with ACCESS, participating in various on-campus events, and binging her favorite Netflix shows.

Lindsay Laske

Lindsay Laske can't wait to teach high school students. When she isn’t studying, she enjoys catching up on sleep, watching Netflix, and dancing on the Iowa State Dance Team.

Leah Brooke

Leah Brooke knows she wants to work in a clinical setting. When she isn't studying, she enjoys roller blading, going on random adventures, and attending Iowa State sporting events.

Jade Weber

Jade Weber aspires to help athletes as a physical therapist. When she isn’t studying or working for the Iowa Wild hockey team, she enjoys going to concerts, spending time with her family and friends, and parenting her two dogs: Bear and Bogey.

Sara Martin

Sara Martin can't wait to help athletes with nutrition. When she isn’t studying, she enjoys working out, painting, and taking naps.

Elisabeth Burken

Elisabeth (Libby) Burken knows she's headed toward a clinical career. When she isn't studying she enjoys volunteering, watching Netflix, and crafting.

Nicole Marg

Nicole Marg can't wait to teach her own class. When she isn’t studying, or working at the Child Development Laboratory School, she enjoys exploring parks and trails around Ames, doing puzzles, and relaxing with a good book.

Matthew Eaton

Matthew Eaton intends to use his degree to work as a cardiac rehab specialist. When he isn’t studying, he enjoys playing computer games, longboarding outside, and bowling with friends.

Lisa Nebel

Lisa Nebel looks forward to helping clients with their financial issues. When she isn’t studying, she enjoys spending time at home with her family, cooking up weekly dinners with friends, and filling her Pinterest board with new ideas.

Mallory Majors

Mallory Majors wants to work as an occupational therapist. When she isn't studying she enjoys reading, going shopping, and running with her dog.

Kaitlyn Varner

Kaitlyn Varner looks forward to teaching family and consumer sciences. When she isn't studying she enjoys attending athletic events, exploring Ames with friends, and watching Netflix.

Maaike Hendrikson

Maaike Hendrikson hopes to work events for a convention center someday. When she isn't studying she enjoys spending time with family and friends, watching T.V., and cooking/baking.

Parker Hinkle

Parker hopes to work as a surgeon. When he isn't studying or getting involved on campus, he enjoys hanging out with friends, relaxing, and taking advantage of his rare free time.

India Chapman

India Chapman intends to work as a physical therapist. When she isn’t studying, she enjoys hanging out with friends, working out, and binge watching "The Walking Dead" on Netflix.

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.

Kathleen Robertson

Kathleen Robertson looks forward to teaching lower elementary following graduation. When she isn’t studying she enjoys practicing the piano, reading, or supporting her sons' extracurricular activities.

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.

Kaitlynn Botkin

Kaitlyn Botkin knows she wants to work as a guidance counselor and coach. When she isn't studying she enjoys working out at Lied Gym and spending time with family and friends.

Morgan Denzer

Morgan Denzer aims to become a food science professor. When she isn't studying she enjoys watching Netflix and hanging out with friends.

Amy Pilcher

Amy Pilcher knows she wants to be a director of online learning. When she isn't studying or at her assistantship, she enjoys practicing Taekwondo and Korean with her sons and spending time with family. 

Amberly J. Ehret

Amberly J. Ehret is excited for a future career as a research professor. When she isn't studying, she enjoys dancing, reading, and spending time with friends and family.

Joseph Hassett

Joey Hassett hopes to become a sports dietitian for the Olympics. When he isn’t studying, he enjoys training for triathlons with his teammates and closest friends.

Angelica Jasper

Angelica Jasper aspires to teach gerontology. When she isn't studying or researching, she enjoys taking advantage of doing nothing, kayaking, and being outside.

Yan Su

Yan Su will use her degrees to become a gerontological nursing professor. When she isn't studying, she enjoys getting involved with her church community.

Rachel Zimmerman

Rachel Zimmerman is looking forward to teaching middle and elementary school students. When she isn’t studying she enjoys practicing for the ISU ensembles and playing racquetball.

Zebulun Callahan

Zebulun Callahan looks forward to a career helping athletes. When he isn't studying, he enjoys working out at Lied Recreation and finding new ways to keep himself active and healthy.

Carlos Casanova

Driven by a traumatic experience immediately following high school graduation, Carlos Casanova is determined to become a professor in an Institution of Higher Education, along with staying actively engaged with youth in the Latino community.

Amos Kotz

Amos Kotz knows he wants to help people through physical therapy. When he isn't studying, he enjoys exercising at Lied Rec., shopping in Des Moines for art, and riding his bike.

Jess Schaben

Jess Schaben desires to be a teacher. When she isn’t studying she enjoys watching Grey's Anatomy, The Office, and Parks and Recreation along with playing volleyball for Iowa State.

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.

Linnea Stephens

Linnea Stephens aspires to be a mental health counselor. When she isn’t studying, she enjoys doing puzzles, finding new music, and drinking coffee with friends.

Anupma Singh

Anupma Singh aspires to become a professor. When she isn’t on campus or working on her research projects, she enjoys taking care of her two sons, listening to books on Audible, and watching different sporting events.

Toluwani Awokoya

Toluwani Awokoya wants to use his nutritional science degree to become a pharmacist. When he isn't studying he enjoys cooking, playing soccer, and hanging out with friends.

Melissa Delinger

Melissa Delinger plans to open her own non-profit organization. When she isn't studying, she enjoys spending time with her family, husband, and daughter. 

Erick Estrada

Erick Estrada plans to teach kids. When he isn’t studying he enjoys working at Panda Express, relaxing, and spending time with friends.

Birgitta Grebner

Birgitta loves developing professional relationships with clients. When she isn't studying or working at the Union Drive Marketplace, she enjoys hanging out with friends by taking trips to Des Moines for Zombie Burgers and shopping, watching movies, and relaxing together on her patio when the weather permits.

Kayla Rusher

Kayla Rusher intends to open a multi-age care facility. When she isn’t studying, she enjoys exploring nature and culture around Ames, participating in clubs, and meeting new people.

Britta Becker

Britta Becker intends on using her degree to become a family and consumer science teacher. When she isn’t studying, Britta likes to hang out with friends, hammock, and relax.

Rachel Wonderlich

Rachel Wonderlich intends on working with a youth development organization after graduation. When she isn't studying, she enjoys taking walks through the beautiful parks of Ames and working at her internship with Iowa State's Extension and Outreach.

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.

Greta Stuhlsatz

Greta Stuhlsatz will use her degree to teach at a research institute. When she isn't studying, she enjoys being active outside by biking or playing disc golf, relaxing with a good book, knitting/crocheting, and spending time with the wonderful people she's met at Iowa State.

Alexandria McPhail

Alex McPhail's hardships lead her to dietetics. When she isn't studying, she enjoys crafting (especially crochet), playing video games, and cosplaying.

Maranda Hahn

Maranda Hahn knows she wants to work in the medical field. When she isn't studying, she enjoys working out (cardio especially), riding her bike, and unwinding by watching The Bachelor or Grey's Anatomy with friends.

Alex Peters

Alex Peters hopes to become a fashion designer. When he isn't studying or sewing for classes, he enjoys creating his own clothing, watching Netflix, and eating cookie dough.

Karter Ewing

Karter Ewing has his mind set on helping future athletes. When he isn't studying, he enjoys taking advantage of the free clubs and activities on campus including Cyclone Cinema or playing intramural sports.

Shelly Palmer

Shelly Palmer plans to become a registered dietitian. When she isn't studying, she enjoys running, exploring different trails around Ames, and being outside.

Benjamin Dralle

Benjamin Dralle plans to use his nutritional science degree to attend medical school. When he isn't studying or working as a community adviser in Willow Hall, he enjoys participating in judo, going for runs around campus, and spending time with friends hanging out or grabbing meals (especially Conversation's late-night meal bundles).

Catherine Rudolph

Catherine Rudolph hopes to become a registered dietitian. When she isn't studying, she enjoys reading, listening to new music, and hanging out with friends.

Mariah Dougherty

Mariah Dougherty wants to spread awareness about Celiac Disease and be a positive role model for children. When she isn't studying, she enjoys reading, going on walks when the weather is nice, and watching Disney movies, especially Tangled.

Shinyoung Jeon

Shinyoung Jeon is determined to apply her research practically. When she isn't studying, she enjoys traveling around the world, she's been to over 10 cities and four other countries since she started at Iowa State.

Anna Riley

Anna Riley hopes to become a dietitian. When she isn't studying or working as a dietary aide at Green Hills Retirement Community, she enjoys watching movies, attending basketball games, and reading.

Cynthia Reyes

Cynthia Reyes wants to teach kids. When she isn’t studying, she enjoys hanging out with friends, participating in clubs, and dancing.

Hardeep K. Obhi

Hardeep K. Obhi wants to work as a researcher. When she isn’t studying she enjoys spending time with family and friends, watching movies, and learning about other cultures.

Megan Slattery

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

Marissa Holst

Marissa Holst plans to become a professor and continue her research. When she isn’t studying she enjoys spending time with her partner and family, reading novels and catching up on television shows, and spending time outdoors playing Frisbee golf or sitting around bonfires.

William Franke

William Franke hopes to use his degree to work with a relief group. When he isn't studying, he enjoys playing the piano, rock climbing, and hammocking on central campus.

Erin Neill

Erin Neill hopes to work at a university where she can research and continue working as a social worker. When she isn’t studying or working as the networking officer in the HDFS Graduate Student Network, she enjoys spending time with friends and her significant other relaxing, exploring Des Moines, and participating in yoga classes at the gyms on campus.

Alexa Berkenpas

Alexa Berkenpas knows she wants to work for Hy-Vee. When she isn't studying she enjoys walking around campus and enjoying the beautiful scenery.

Peggy Lockhart

Peggy Lockhart's interest in gerontology started when she was young. When she isn't studying, Peggy loves spending time with her sons and their families, volunteering, and riding her bike.

Molly Goltz

Molly Goltz wants to be an osteopathic family physician. When she isn't studying she enjoys playing basketball, hanging out with friends, and exploring new places in Ames.

Isabel Hernandez

Isabel Hernandez wants to make people's weddings perfect. When she isn't studying she enjoys talking about the College of Human Sciences as an ambassador, hanging out with her roommates -- including her dog -- and watching Netflix.

Courtney Bryant

Courtney Bryant wants to help people around the world. When she isn't studying she enjoys exercising, hanging out with friends, and exploring new things.

Randie D. Camp

Randie D. Camp plans to help others through her graduate degree. When she isn’t studying or working on research, she enjoys reading young adult novels, being ridiculously silly with  her son, or watching a Marvel movie.

Taylor Paulsen

Taylor Paulsen is looking forward to graduate school so she can practice medicine. When she isn't studying she enjoys spending time with her friends and family, reading, and participating in intramural sports on campus.

Sarah Elm

Sarah Elm desires to be a voice for children by becoming a counselor. When she isn’t studying, she enjoys going on walks, reading, and doing yoga.

Carissa Brown

Carissa Brown plans on becoming a clinical registered dietitian. When she isn't studying she enjoys grabbing coffee or watching movies with friends, reading, and being outside.

Mitchell Carlson

Mitchell Carlson knows he wants a career in medicine. When he isn't studying he enjoys running, camping, and playing piano.

Alexandra Johnson

Alexandra Johnson plans on using her fashion knowledge in New York. When she isn't studying, she enjoys attending sporting events, spending time with friends, and watching movies.

Jessica Craig

Jessica Craig dreams of helping people through the medical field. When she isn't studying she enjoys getting involved in campus organizations, reading, and finding different coffee shops around Ames.

Mikayla Cummings

Mikayla Cummings is hoping to become a physician assistant. When she isn't studying she enjoys spending time with friends, watching Netflix, and getting involved on campus.

David Mena

David Mena wants to inspire people and promote healthy lifestyles. When he isn't studying he enjoys rollerblading, working out with friends, and swimming and rock climbing at the gym.

Grace Sparks

Grace Sparks plans on helping at-risk kids attend college. When she isn't studying she enjoys mentoring middle school students, volunteering in the community, and working as an in-home aid for a girl with Down syndrome.

Claire Espeset

Claire Espeset has her heart set on becoming a buyer for an apparel or furnishing company. When she isn't studying, she enjoys hanging out with her sorority sisters, knitting, and making the short trip home to see her family.

Caitlyn Greenspan

Caitlyn Greenspan combined her love of medicine and sports to become an athletic training major. When she isn't helping teams and studying, she enjoys watching sports, especially football and Blackhawks hockey.

Sydney Cline

Sydney Cline wants to combine her love of merchandising and event planning to open her own one-stop wedding boutique. When she isn't studying she enjoys being involved in her sorority, staying active through yoga and rock climbing, and shopping.

Elizabeth Vorreiter

Elizabeth Vorreiter knows her future career lies in merchandising. When she isn't studying, she enjoys spending time with friends and helping students through her adviser and ambassador roles.

Hannah Klaassen

Hannah Klaassen plans on becoming a pediatric orthodontist to help kids. When she isn't studying she enjoys being outside, soaking up experiences Ames offers, and hanging out with friends.

Bridgett Konradi

Bridgett Konradi hopes to plan events for United Airlines. When she isn't studying she enjoys being involved in student organizations, singing, and riding her bike.

Bria Rasmussen

Bria Rasmussen is on her way to becoming a physician assistant. When she isn't studying she enjoys finding spontaneous things to do around Ames, making memories with her friends, and reading books.

Samantha Bortle

Samantha loves working in the hospitality industry. When she isn't studying, she enjoys reading, drinking coffee, and watching Friends and Grey's Anatomy.

Rachel Wolf

Rachel Wolf plans on becoming a family and consumer science teacher. When she isn't studying she enjoys watching Netflix, playing with her dog, and spending time with her family and friends.

Hannah Dehaan-Burch

Hannah Dehaan-Burch always knew she wanted to pursue fashion design. When she isn't studying or working at Banana Republic and Michael Kors, she enjoys reading, writing, and drawing.

Evan Fritz

Evan Fritz has big goals for himself and plans to use his kinesiology degree to achieve them. When he isn't studying or attending club meetings, he enjoys participating in intramurals and wood working in his garage.

Elizabeth Johnson

Elizabeth Johnson is ready for a career in wedding planning. When she isn't studying she enjoys being active in clubs, tailgating during football season, and spending time with friends.

Molly Seibel

Molly Seibel hopes to work in a hospital, helping patients heal faster through nutrition. When she isn't studying she enjoys hanging out with friends and attending basketball games.