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The University of Iowa

Spring 2013


Capitol Gains: Hawkeye Caucus Day in Des Moines

Representing the students

Making the case for state appropriations

A letter from the Parents Association president


Campus Life 101

A rare find

Easing the campus transition

Hurray for Hawkeyes

Important dates

Iowa Now


Caitlyn Hagarty in marching band

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.

  • 7am: wake up and work out
  • 8am: breakfast in room
  • 9am: classes
  • Noon: lunch at Newman Center
  • 1pm: classes
  • 3pm: homework and studying
  • 6pm: dinner at Burge Hall
  • 7pm: tutoring
  • 10pm: Netflix with roommate
  • Midnight: bedtime

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).

Hagarty in the lab.

Hagarty enjoys the hands-on experience she gains in the classroom.

Hagarty studying in the Engineering Library.

Engineering’s Seamans Center offers a quiet reprieve for studying.

Hagarty eating with friends at the Newman Center.

Lunch is served daily at the Newman Catholic Student Center.

Hagarty giving a tour for prospective students at the College of Engineering.

As a student ambassador, Hagarty leads tours of the engineering facilities.

Hagarty in residence hall room.

“Home away from home” for Hagarty is Stanley, an east-campus residence hall.





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