- Class: Senior
- Major: Government
- Gender: M
- High School: Knoxville High School
- Transfer Student: N
I came to the UI with big goals of working closely with professors, delving into legal issues, and seeing the world. I have achieved every goal that I have made. Iowa's small-town college feel allows for motivated minds to have the experience one desires. I not only studied abroad in Germany and Turkey, I interned at the Justice Department in DC. I will be returning as a full-time empolyee this summer, working in the Justice's Civil Rights Division. It was because of the support and encouragment of the UI's faculty and fellow students that provided critical guidance in shaping my career path in the legal field. Whether I am in the U.S. of travelling internationally, when people hear that I attend The University of Iowa, I always hear, "Wow, you go to Iowa! How about them Hawkeyes?" Iowa's reputation of a leader in education and school spirit is known far and wide. It is the experiences both in the classroom and in the stands of an athletic event that has allowed me to appreciate being a Hawkeye for life.
The diverse choice of classes-- from Law in the Muslim World to Art of the Netherlands has allowed me to gain a vast understaning of international cultures. My professors have encouraged students to attend office hours, participate in class discussions, and invest in a research project involving a certain aspect of the class. I regularlly attend my professor's office hours-- it is a chance to talk to a leader in the field of their study. The education at Iowa is geared toward expanding and challenging one's ideas of the world-- a true liberal arts education. However, the UI has oppurtunities for career fairs and employer outreach. Depending on a student's major-- such as political science or international studies, one may have to do a lot of the leg work in finding a job for post graduation. However, if a student has a goal, focus, and determination to "hit the ground running" to find a career, then there is nothing that will stop a student from finding the job of their dreams. I must say, Iowa students have to work hard to break into other markets-- such as DC, New York, or L.A., mostly because students are competing with all of the highly regarded/local schools in that area. Therefore, jumping on a plane to do interviews, network, intern in another part of the world, or contacting leaders in a career field thousands of miles away is a necessity!
The Best Things
Dowtown Iowa City
The Worst Things
The lack of seeing beyond the bars. UI students, despite what the administration thinks, are some of the most talented students in the country!