Campus Life 101
Undergrad illustrates day-to-day life at Iowa
The first time Caitlyn Hagarty took the field at Kinnick Stadium in her Hawkeye Marching Band uniform, she was in the middle of a downpour, splashing around in standing water that was several inches deep. Sounds miserable, right?
“It was pouring down rain, there was hardly anybody in the stands, and the game was delayed nearly two hours—what a crazy, fun day,” she recalls.
Hagarty, a sophomore mechanical engineering major from Colfax, Iowa, says she has been an Iowa fan since birth and has enjoyed being a part of the Hawkeye experience—deluge notwithstanding. Her father graduated from the UI College of Dentistry and her mother earned a master’s degree from Iowa. She played in the marching band’s drumline her first two falls at Iowa, and has season tickets to men’s basketball games.
Not only does she bleed black and gold, Hagarty says she felt the University of Iowa was the best fit for her academically.
“I looked at both Iowa State and the University of Northern Iowa,” she says, “but I loved how the College of Engineering felt like a small college at a large university. I have all the resources of a Big Ten university but with the feel of a small college. Plus, the research opportunities here are really important to me.”
Hagarty is a fairly typical UI undergraduate. She lives on campus, spends time studying, and hangs out with her friends. She participates in several organizations outside of class, including the Student Ambassadors at the UI College of Engineering and Catholic Ladies in College, a group that meets through the Newman Catholic Student Center near campus.
A big fan of all things Disney, Hagarty has aspirations to design roller coasters as an Imagineer with the Walt Disney Company.
Last fall, Parent Times staff members convinced Hagarty to let them follow her around a bit to help give parents an idea of what life is like on the UI campus (and provide her parents with a nice memento).