Telling it like it is
Students relay the college experience on UI blogs
Even with regular phone calls, texts, and e-mails from your son or daughter, it might sometimes feel like your student is living in another world. They are, after all, spending their days in a new city with new friends, new teachers, new places to visit, new… everything.
If you'd like an additional insight into what college life is like these days, visit the Experience Iowa blogs (blog.admissions.uiowa.edu). There, ten undergraduate students (and a few admission counselors) write about their daily adventures on campus.
They discuss their thoughts about big decisions—like switching majors—as well as share bits of day-to-day life.
The blogs began during the 2010-11 academic year, and are hosted by the Office of Admissions.
"Prospective students were telling us that they wanted to hear from current students," says Scott Fiddelke, a web developer for the Office of Admissions. "They wanted a very authentic, true student perspective."
So the Office of Admissions recruited a diverse group of students to write in their own words about their experience at Iowa.
"Our student bloggers offer a good representation of the University community. There is a wide array of interests represented," says Sara Langenberg, web editor in the Office of Admissions.
The student bloggers are asked to post about life as an Iowa student at least once a week, and can include text, photos, and video. Entries are not censored, and the bloggers are not paid, but do receive a handheld video camera.
Kyra Seay, a sophomore pre-business and Japanese major with a Spanish minor from Keokuk, Iowa blogged during her first year at Iowa and is continuing this year. She's written about everything from finding the best place to study to what it means to have a double major to taking hip-hop dance classes.
"Until you're on campus, you can't really know what it's like," she says. "But the blogs give you a better idea of what being a student at The University of Iowa is about."
Read our current student bloggers' posts at blog.admissions.uiowa.edu/
Major. Minor. Degree. Certificate. | May 4, 2010 There are a couple of certificates that I have my eye on!... I can't wait to talk with my academic advisor about them! Every student is assigned an academic advisor, and I just happen to love mine! Me and my best friend have the same advisor, and we often get into "arguments" on who my advisor likes better. She responds quickly to all my questions and has one of the most relaxing offices I've ever been in! On top of that, she takes the time to get to know me, remembers who I am, and sends me emails about events that she thinks I'd be interested in. I am not sure if all advisors are required to do that, but it wouldn't surprise me if she goes above and beyond what is qualified. Shell, my advisor, always tells me something thought provoking and leaves me pondering the things I want in life. GOTTA LOVE IT
Cambus Ride. | Sept. 1, 2010 So yesterday I decided to to check out the Cambus system. … Here a few words of wisdom: If you get cold easily, be prepared. The Cambus buses are extremely cold, but it is a nice break from the humid day. You don't need you ID or anything to get on. Most routes take you completely around campus so if you feel like you need to, check out the routes online or at each bus stop, there are signs saying which buses come to that particular bus stop and the times that they usually come around. The buses aren't usually that crowded except for around 3:30–4:00 p.m. Since I live in Parklawn, Cambus has been very helpful in getting me back near my apartment. Also, the wait for the bus usually doesn't take very long—maybe about 5–10 minutes….
A New Family | Nov. 15, 2010 Yesterday I was initiated into Phi Delta Theta fraternity. … Too often, fraternities are thought of as party clubs, fitting of "Animal House" stereotypes. Some of us do party together, but we party because we're friends; we aren't friends because we party. Studying with the older members improves my habits and helps me finish my work. Requiring each other to complete community service work helps the community and makes every one of us better men. I have never made a better decision than to join my fraternity, and my confidence in that decision will only grow stronger over the next four years. Dillan, sophomore from Boone, Iowa
Just a Brown Dot Part III | Sept. 2, 2010 I come from a predominantly Latino community back home and it felt strange coming to an environment that was completely the opposite. At first I felt like I was just a little brown dot in the center of a large white canvas. … but it didn't take long to discover that there were many others who were just like me. There were different cultures, different backgrounds, different ethnicities and I felt less alone. … I quickly formed a friendship with a girl who I related to a lot, and from then on all my fears and insecurities went away.
JUST GOT SOME GREAT NEWS!!! | Sept. 30, 2010 I JUST GOT ACCEPTED INTO THE SCHOOL OF JOURNALISM!!! So happy that this process is done with and I can stop being anxious about it.