Kayla followed in the footsteps of her mother when she decided to attend the University of Iowa, but the campus was ultimately the factor that won her over.
“I always had my eye on the University of Iowa because my mom graduated from here. I guess it's in my blood! Out of the schools I visited, I felt the strongest connection with the University of Iowa and fell in love with its campus. Even as I continued my college search, I knew in the back of my mind I was going to come here.”
According to Kayla, school pride is an important part of the Hawkeye experience.
“What I like most about Iowa is the Hawkeye spirit of the students, faculty, and surrounding community. Everyone "bleeds black and gold," which brings a sense of community to the campus.”
Kayla’s time spent as a volunteer in the NICU at the University Hospitals and Clinics has felt very rewarding to her.
“It is important for me to gain experience in a hospital setting with my hopes of going into the healthcare field. It has given me a chance to see if working in a hospital is something I truly want to do, and I love being able to help the families and babies in the NICU.” Iowa city officially became her home away from home when she went to her first football game at Kinnick.
“There is no feeling like attending a football game at Kinnick Stadium and being surrounded by thousands of other people who share your love and enthusiasm for the University of Iowa. After my first game, I knew I had found my home and truly felt like a Hawkeye.”
Kayla’s advice for incoming students? Get involved!
“Keep an open mind and try something new! There are so many ways to get involved and you might fall in love with something you never expected. Step out of your comfort zone, it is the best way to meet other people and discover what you're interested in!”