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Volume 47, Number 2


Value Added: Charter Committee involvement expands students' opportunities for learning

A Parent and the President: David Skorton reflects on college visits, tuition increases, and financial aid

Greetings from the UI Parents Association

The Sky's the Limit: Student journalist and pilot soars toward professional success

A Rite of Passage: A first-year student makes the University her home away from home

The Accidental Director

Self-Assignment on the Web

Why Live on Campus? Compare the Costs

There is no such thing as free parking: The challenge of bringing a car to campus

Parental Approval: Mom and Dad of the Year represent all University of Iowa parents

A Message from the President

Important Dates

University Calendar


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A Rite of Passage: A first-year student makes the University her home away from home

Tallie and her mom stand outside the door of her room in Rienow.
Tallie’s mom, Jane Meidlinger, helped Tallie move into Rienow in August.
Sabrina Abney and Tallie study in the coffee shop at Prairie Lights Bookstore.
Sabrina Abney and Tallie study in the coffee shop at Prairie Lights Bookstore.
Tallie (center) and friends from eigth floor Rienow watch videos and share a pizza on a Sunday evening.
Tallie (center) and friends from eighth floor Rienow watch videos and share a pizza on a Sunday evening.
Tallie and other students board the Cambus.
Tallie (second from left) boards the Cambus. “It’s so convenient that I ride it everyday.”
Tallie and Laila Johnson chuckle in their rhetoric class.
Tallie and Laila Johnson in their rhetoric class.
Tallie gives blood at the Homecoming blood drive.
Tallie participates in a Homecoming blood drive. “I used to donate blood back home–I figure if I needed blood, I’d be glad someone had donated.”
Tallie chats with a nurse at Student Health Services
At Student Health Services, Tallie chats with staff nurse Peg Johnson.
Tallie helps a friend apply face make-up
Tallie helps Hillcrest resident Jamalle Castillo get ready for a Halloween party.
Tallie and her friend Annie Bickel at the Homecoming parade
The thrill of catching a black-and-gold bagel was not lost on Tallie and friend Annie Bickel during October’s Homecoming parade.
Lindsy and Annie Bickel take a break with Tallie on a bench in the "ped mall."
Roommates and cousins Lindsy and Annie Bickel take a coffee break with Tallie on Iowa City’s downtown “ped mall.”
Tallie works out on gym equipment at the Fitness Loft
Tallie works out in the Fitness Loft at the Field House. “I like to stay in shape. One of my biggest fears is the Freshman 15.”
Tallie looks through one of her class books at the University Book Store
In August, Tallie checked on books for her classes at University Book Store in the Iowa Memorial Union.

Attending school at The University of Iowa always made sense to Tallie Meidlinger.

“My parents both graduated from here, and in the back of my mind I always thought I’d come here,” says Tallie, who hails from Grand Island, Neb. “I applied to Nebraska at Lincoln, but I was ready for new experiences, new people, and I really liked the campus a lot.”

Tallie had visited the University of Iowa campus when her sister was a student here. She also has grandparents in town, so Iowa City wasn’t a completely foreign environment for her. Still, moving into the residence halls required some adjustment.

“I knew no one coming here—no other students,” she says. “But all the girls on my floor are really cool and have been easy to get to know—we all leave our doors open and hang out. We watch movies and go downtown together.”

Tallie’s pleased that she and her roommate get along well. They’d phoned and e-mailed briefly before the start of school, deciding who would bring what, but they had never met. Tallie was used to her own room at home but says she likes having a roommate.

“We respect each other,” she says. “We usually go to bed around the same time, and if one of us is going to bed early, the other one will be quiet. I’m really glad I’m living in the dorms.”

Tallie even likes the food in the Hillcrest Market Place.

“It’s better than I thought it would be,” she says. “But I do miss not having home-cooked meals.” Once a week she goes to dinner with her sister, who is living in Iowa City and taking classes in preparation for graduate school, her grandparents, and a cousin and her family. She’s happy to have family nearby, but she’s also enjoying her independence.

“It’s really nice to have complete freedom to do whatever I want, whenever I want,” she says. “I love it—it’s totally different than high school. There’s always something to do, always something going on on my floor.

“There are distractions and it’s hard to get work done sometimes,” she admits. “But I’m my own boss. It makes me feel like an adult. College is great. I love it!”

Photos by Kirk Murray
Text by Linzee Kull McCray



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