Allison P


Eau Claire, WI
Biomedical Engineering

An Interview with Allison...

Describe your first semester at the University of Iowa. How did it align with your expectations before arriving to campus?

My first semester at the University of Iowa was more than I ever imagined! The first semester was a huge time of change for me between academics, social life, and being away from home. Before I came to campus, I was told that I would be surprised by how much free time I would have in college. I found it to be the opposite! I learned to prioritize the activities and organizations that were most important to me and build a schedule around that. 

If you could go back in time, what might you have done differently in your first year at the University of Iowa?

During high school, I felt that academics were a race. I was trying to finish the fastest with the best outcome. That is what I defined as success. During my second semester at the University of Iowa, I realized that academics isn't a race anymore. The classes are more difficult, yes, but in college you have the ability to make your own schedule and set yourself up for success. If I could go back in time during my first year, I would try to make myself understand this sooner. The great thing about college is that it is an individualized process which allows for chances to reflect and time to then make a new plan.

How are you involved within the University of Iowa and/or greater Iowa City community?

Iowa City is a great place to broaden your horizons and focus your interests. I am very much a people person. This reflects in the ways I am involved on campus and within the community. I am the Liaison for the National Residence Hall Honorary Hawkeye Chapter, the Communications and Marketing director of Residents of Associated Rienow (ROAR), a leader for the On Iowa! Program, and a volunteer on several different units at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics (UIHC). Among all of these activities and organizations, the university has several programs to be involved with that are much less of a time commitment. I participate in Red Watch Band Training where you can be CPR certified and learn about how to act effectively in times of crisis. It is very simple to become involved in Iowa City. I initiated all of these community connections during my first year.