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Katie grew up a Hawkeye fan, so she always considered going to school here. She visited other schools but none of them felt like home. “My older sister came to The University of Iowa my sophomore year of high school. I would go to campus to visit her and it always felt homey to me.  I loved staying in the residence halls with her, and knew that was the college experience I wanted to have, so I applied, and I couldn’t have made a better decision for myself!”

During her time here, the University has opened Katie’s eyes to passions she never knew she had. “My passions are mentoring young students, helping those students realize their full-potential, and learning about a variety of different cultures, a passion I didn’t discover until coming to The University of Iowa.” This discovery of passions ultimately lead her to her major of Elementary Education. 

“I have two pieces of advice for perspective students. First, get involved as soon as you get to campus. The people you meet in student organizations, classes, and jobs will be the people you spend the most time with throughout your time in college, so embrace those opportunities! Why wait? Secondly, seek out resources offered on campus! From student counseling services, resume workshops, volunteer positions, or the statistics lab, The University of Iowa offers amazing resources to its students because  they want to see us succeed. Take full advantage of it!”

 

Hometown:
North English, Iowa
Major:
Elementary Education with Minors in American Sign Language and African American Studies
Body:

Ayushi came to the University of Iowa looking for a new start, and she was able to find it. “Being a microbiology student, I am highly interested in research and University of Iowa offered the best opportunities for me.”

Ayushi is an International Ambassador for the University of Iowa Office of Admissions. If you're a prospective international student who has any questions about life at Iowa, please feel free to reach out to her via email at ayushi-sood@uiowa.edu

Hometown:
Ambala,India
Major:
Microbiology
Body:

Originally from China, Sijia says the feeling of Hawkeye Pride brought her to the University of Iowa. "The University attracts me alot and I really love the weather and enviroment here. I have met many friends here and enjoy my college life." 

Sijia is an International Ambassador for the University of Iowa Office of Admissions. If you're a prospective international student who has any questions about life at Iowa, please feel free to reach out to her via email at  sijia-wen@uiowa.edu.

Hometown:
Dalian, China
Major:
Community Studies and Cinema
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Pedro decided to attend the University of Iowa because it is near his current home, he has been living with his family in Iowa City for almost four years. 

Pedro's favorite experience at Iowa so far has been the Table Tennis Club. It has been a while since he has last played, so he was looking for something to improve his skills. Pedro has also enjoyed his seminar class where he gets to learn how to get into research and take interesting lab tours. 

Some other activities that Pedro has taken part in on-campus include Medicus (pre-med club), volunteering at the UI Hospital and Clinics, and attending Bate-Papo meetings, which is a Portuguese conversation hour where he gets to talk to other Brazilians and Portuguese learners. 

Pedro is an International Ambassador for the University of Iowa Office of Admissions. If you're a prospective international student who has any questions about life at Iowa, please feel free to reach out to him via email at pedro-marra@uiowa.edu. 

Hometown:
Sao Paulo, Brazil
Major:
Biomedical Sciences
Body:

Being an international student, Aashika knows how daunting the experience is of coming from so far away. It is always comforting to have someone else who understands your situation. Aashika would like nothing more than to make a new student feel more at home in Iowa and make their transition easier. 

Aashika's favorite experience of being at the University of Iowa so far has been his dining job. He states that there is something extremely liberating about being financially independent. Aashka's dining job lets him meet so many new people all while learning how to cook.

What sealed the deal for Aashika's decision of coming to the University of Iowa was the hospitals and clinics. Aashika knows if he ever wanted to go steps further into studying medicine, he can with the great resources available at Iowa and it's teaching hospital. 

Aashika is an International Ambassador for the University of Iowa Office of Admissions. If you're a prospective international student who has any questions about life at Iowa, please feel free to reach out to him via email at aasthika-das@uiowa.edu.

Hometown:
Kolkata, India
Major:
Biology
Body:

Nafisa's favorite part about Iowa so far has been participating in OnIowa! and getting to know people, both upperclassmen and fellow classmates, which has helped grow her social network. 

Not only is campus a great way to meet new people, but it is also so beautiful. Nafisa loves the pretty sceneries and landscapes that Iowa has all throughout campus. 

Nafisa chose to attend Iowa because it is one of the most peaceful states in the United States and it offers world-class research opportunities to a diverse student body, which provides an engaging environment on campus. 

Nafisa is an International Ambassador for the University of Iowa Office of Admissions. If you're a prospective international student who has any questions about life at Iowa, please feel free to reach out to her via email at nafisakamal-ayntee@uiowa.edu.

Hometown:
Dhaka, Bangladesh
Major:
Microbiology (Pre-Medicine)
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The University of Iowa was never on Derik’s radar when he began his college search. After his parents convinced him to take a campus tour, he was sold on going to school here. “I still remember my official visit here and the first time I saw campus. We were driving east on Burlington Street right by the rec center. I looked at my parents and immediately told them that I was going to go here. Something about the feeling of Iowa City and the university just seemed so right and natural”. 

Being a political science major at the University of Iowa has exposed Derik to countless opportunities working with the Iowa Caucus and interacting with presidential candidates that visit campus. 

 

He encourages all students to get outside of their comfort zone and say "yes" to each and every new opportunity that arises during your time here. "You don’t grow as a person when you stay in your own bubble".

Hometown:
Geneva
Major:
Political Science, Minor in Rhetoric and Persuasion
Body:

The beauty of Iowa is one of the things that attracted Aviral to the University of Iowa. "Iowa is so big and beautiful. There are so many things to do here."

The Alternative Spring Break trip to Washington D.C. and Iowa StartUp Games have been two of Aviral's favorite experiences at the University of Iowa. "All these experiences make college life here so enriching."

Aviral is an International Ambassador for the University of Iowa Office of Admissions. If you're a prospective international student who has any questions about life at Iowa, please feel free to reach out to him via email at sachidanand-pandey@uiowa.edu

Hometown:
Gorakhpur, India
Major:
Analytics, International Business Certificate
Body:

Mishma's strong passion for writing is what originally attracted her to the University of Iowa. "I am extremely passionate about writing and creating content, getting involved with Fools Magazine is something that excites me a lot.

As a cultural committee member in the Campus Activities Board (CAB) Mishma gets to help organize events on campus. "I get excited to work events that are organized by CAB, and to come up with more diverse, inclusive and accessible events and programs that will entertain and enlighten students. I am looking forward to expand the South Asian Student Alliance in terms of more inclusive events as the director of Research and Development. I have got a chance to work on diverse events, and putting them together has been so much fun!"

Mishma is an International Ambassador for the University of Iowa Office of Admissions. If you're a prospective international student who has any questions about life at Iowa, please feel free to reach out to her via email at mishmastefni-nixon@uiowa.edu.

Hometown:
Colombo, Sri Lanka
Major:
English, Creative Writing and Cinema, Minor in Publishing
Body:

Anna chose Iowa because she was looking for a school that would allow her to excel as a student while having experiences outside of the classroom. 

Annas favorite memory as a Hawkeye was running the Chicago Marathon. Although this even took place outside of the Iowa City Areas, there were so many Hawkeyes in the crown it made the experience so exciting. Mile after mile she constantly saw a Hawkeye shirt or hat and that gave her the support and encouragement she need to finish the race. No matter where you go, the Hawkeye family is everywhere. 

Anna wants to emphasize to perspective students that learning goes beyond the classroom here at the University of Iowa. Personally for her, getting involved in the community has made her experience so much more meaningful and has given her so many additional skills that she will be able to take into her future career. 

Hometown:
Iowa City
Major:
Accounting with minors in History and Sociology and International Business Certificate
Body:

In his time as a Hawkeye, Luke has found countless ways to get involved and explore the opportunities the University of Iowa has to offer. He says he's found endless ways to get involved and find your niche on campus. "It is a very accepting and diverse community which makes it a coveted destination for domestic and international students alike," he tells us.

A trip to Morocco was one of the most formative parts of Luke's experience as a Hawkeye. Volunteering in a Berber community deep in the Atlas Mountains, he and other teens from around the world helped build a community center so residents could come and worship. He expanded his horizons and learned a lot about the Muslim culture, which is something that has stayed with him.

Luke is an International Ambassador for the University of Iowa Office of Admissions. If you're a prospective international student who has any questions about life at Iowa, please feel free to reach out to him via email at luke-lopez@uiowa.edu.

Hometown:
Indian Head Park
Major:
Entrepreneurial Management, International Business Certificate
Body:

Joslin's favorite experience at the University of Iowa has been kickoff day at Kinnick Stadium during OnIowa!

The main reason why Joslin chose to attend the University of Iowa was that it offered the exact major he was looking for. Joslin states that most schools either had Computer Science or Engineering, but only Iowa had the two combined into one major.

Joslin is an International Ambassador for the University of Iowa Office of Admissions. If you're a prospective international student who has any questions about life at Iowa, please feel free to reach out to him via email at joslin-some@uiowa.edu.

Hometown:
Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso
Major:
Computer Science and Engineering
Body:

Ravi's favorite experience at the University of Iowa so far was when he was a freshman and he crowd-surfed at Kinnick stadium during the game against Ohio State and then the students all stormed the field at the end.

The reason why Ravi chose to come to the University of Iowa is because of the medical school, one of the best in the nation. Since Ravi is on the pre-medicine track, finding a school with a great medical program where there are many research opportunities was very important to him.

Ravi is an International Ambassador for the University of Iowa Office of Admissions. If you're a prospective international student who has any questions about life at Iowa, please feel free to reach out to him via email at rvenkatasubramanian@uiowa.edu.

Hometown:
Mumbai, India
Major:
Human Physiology, Minor in Chemistry
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Hannah was originally planning on going out of state for her college experience, but instead, immediately fell for the campus and vibe of the University of Iowa. The welcoming feeling and beautiful campus influenced her decision to become a Hawkeye, a choice she's always been happy with.

She says her favorite aspect of being a Hawkeye is attending the conversation hours for her Korean and Japanese classes. "I get to practice my languages while I learn about cultures and speak to other people who have my same interests," she tells us.

Hannah is an International Ambassador for the University of Iowa Office of Admissions. If you're a prospective international student who has any questions about life at Iowa, please feel free to reach out to her via email at hannah-huisman@uiowa.edu.

Hometown:
Dyersville
Major:
International Studies and Japanese, Korean Minor
Body:

Nalini's favorite experience at the University of Iowa thus far has been the new student orientation and On Iowa! With all the activities around campus during that time, it was a great opportunity to meet new people and make friends. 

Joining clubs, as Nalini has found, was the perfect way to meet other people on campus with similar interests. 

Going to the University of Iowa was a major change for Nalini and outside of her comfort zone. However, Nalini wanted to try something different from what she was used to and Iowa gave her the freedom to discover that. 

At the University of Iowa, Nalini had the flexibility of choosing her own courses and discovering different scholarship options. 

Hometown:
New Delhi, India
Major:
Engineering
Body:

The world-renowned writting program at the University of Iowa is what drew Emily into becoming a Hawkeye. Here, she has been able to pursue her passions of both Creative Writting and Dance.  

Emily has taken advantage of everything the University of Iowa has offered her so far. “Beyond my double major in two incredible fields, I also have the opportunity to venture out of my comfort zone by becoming a blogger for the university, auditioning  for dance performances and musicals, and trying out for cheerleading and Quidditch!  

Emily is an International Ambassador for the University of Iowa Office of Admissions. If you're a prospective international student who has any questions about life at Iowa, please feel free to reach out to her via email at emilyjaneyin-gumal@uiowa.edu.
 

Hometown:
Kuching, Sarawak, Malaysia
Major:
English & Creative Writing, Dance
Body:

In his time at Iowa, Corey has enjoyed getting involved with his many activities, one of his favorite aspects of his Hawkeye experience. He has also made memories and created lasting relationships with the fellow Hawkeyes he's met in his residence hall. His Living Learning Community, Global Mosaic, brings together both domestic and international students to foster a multicultural community in the heart of where students live.

Corey believes that every culture can feel at home at Iowa, which allows everyone to enjoy new experiences.

Corey is an International Ambassador for the University of Iowa Office of Admissions. If you're a prospective international student who has any questions about life at Iowa, please feel free to reach out to him via email at​ corey-lewis@uiowa.edu.

Hometown:
Waterloo
Major:
Microbiology, French, Minor in Chemistry and Music
Body:

For Adnane, meeting new people is something that she loves. At Iowa, Adnane has had the chance to meet a lot of people during events, games, and even in the Nite ride. 

The reason why Adnane chose the University of Iowa is because of its high education level. Also, Iowa is a very good research school and that is something very important to engineering students, like Adnane. 

Adnane is an International Ambassador for the University of Iowa Office of Admissions. If you're a prospective international student who has any questions about life at Iowa, please feel free to reach out to her via email at adnane-ezouhri@uiowa.edu.

Hometown:
Marrakesh, Morocco
Major:
Electrical Engineering
Body:

Jenah is from a small town in southeastern Iowa. She came to college looking for clarity in her new chapter of life. She knew that she wanted to go somewhere that would challenge her academically and provide her with one of a kind opportunities in the healthcare field. 

She visited the University of Iowa and instantly fell in love. Not only was she captivated by the campus beauty, but she also loved the culture and diversity of Iowa City.

 "My advice for prospective students is to try something new. There are so many unique clubs, events, and opportunities that present themselves in college. It’s a great time to get out of your comfort zone and do something or be a part of something you may never have experienced before."

 

Hometown:
Albia
Major:
Public Health
Fei
Body:

Fei's favorite experience at the University of Iowa has been getting a job at the Dental College because it helped her to know the differences between each college in the university. 

In addition to that, Fei enjoys the short story machine in the library on campus, she prints short stories for people and it is very fun.

Fei says that since Iowa is in a college town it is a good place to focus on her academic studies. People on campus are so nice and kind, which is very important to her. Fei states that everyone on campus is always willing to help, which makes her feel warm and forget about her homesickness. 

Fei is an International Ambassador for the University of Iowa Office of Admissions. If you're a prospective international student who has any questions about life at Iowa, please feel free to reach out to her via email at shuangfei-shao@uiowa.edu.

Hometown:
Zhengzhou, Henna province, China
Major:
Computer Science
Body:

During her time on campus, Meiyu has loved all of the voluntary activities and organizations that she has participated in. 

Meiyu is an International Ambassador for the University of Iowa Office of Admissions. If you're a prospective international student who has any questions about life at Iowa, please feel free to reach out to her via email at meiyu-chen@uiowa.edu.

Hometown:
Dalian, China
Major:
Actuarial Science
Body:

Paige loves sharing her experience at the University of Iowa as an international student and connecting with new people.

Not only does Paige enjoy all of her classes, but also the people she has met on campus and her overall experience being in different social activities. 

Paige thinks Iowa is the perfect environment for her to not only complete her academic goals but also strengthen her social skills.

Paige is an International Ambassador for the University of Iowa Office of Admissions. If you're a prospective international student who has any questions about life at Iowa, please feel free to reach out to her via email at truc-ho@uiowa.edu.

Hometown:
Viet Nam
Major:
Journalism and Mass Communications, International Business Certificate
Body:

Originally from China, Yiqian attended high school in Indiana. He knew he did not want to leave the mid-west."I think mid-west of the United States is the best place. Since I have been in Illinois and Indiana, I just wanted to explore Iowa." Yiqian made to the decision to attend the University of Iowa and major in Electrical Engineering and minor in Math.

He says his favorite project that he's been able to work on while being at the university was a temperature sensor. "I got to build a temperature sensor in my Embedded System class. In this class, I learned a lot because I had to do research outside of class to help build this project."

Yiqian is an International Ambassador for the University of Iowa Office of Admissions. If you're a prospective international student who has any questions about life at Iowa, please feel free to reach out to him via email at yiqian-wu@uiowa.edu.

Hometown:
Suzhou, Jiangsu, China
Major:
Electrical Engineering, Math Minor
Body:

With the many research opportunities available on-campus, the small-city feel that Iowa City provides, and the diverse student body Bhavya knew that the University of Iowa was the perfect fit. 

Bhavya wants to share her experiences with future Hawkeyes and create new connections to build her communication and leadership skills. 

Bhavya is an International Ambassador for the University of Iowa Office of Admissions. If you're a prospective international student who has any questions about life at Iowa, please feel free to reach out via email at bhavya-vats@uiowa.edu.

Hometown:
New Delhi, India
Major:
Biochemisty, Minor in Spanish