Amber L


Washington, IA
Elementary Education

An Interview with Amber...

What advice would you share with a new student about their first year at the University of Iowa?

It can be scary being away from the comfort of your family and school friends, but get out there and meet people. Go to On Iowa!, floor events, and anything that the University is providing. These are great ways to make new connections that will last a life time.

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

If I could go back, I would take my grades more seriously. School wasn't hard for me before college. I never had to study in high school and I was in the top 10 of my class. When I was handed my first General Chemistry test my freshman year, I was instantly shocked how much harder college was going to be. I wish I could go back and have a high GPA from the start instead of playing "catch up" now. Keeping up with homework and studying for tests makes everything less stressful.

How did you decide on your major?

I knew from a young age that I wanted to be a teacher, but I always thought a secondary teacher. I was going for Spanish Education, but soon realized that Spanish was getting too stressful for me. I panicked because I didn't have a back up plan, and then I talked to my advisor about what to do. She told me about the Elementary Education program offered here and I knew that was what I wanted to aim for and I got admitted into the TEP for Fall 2016! I'm still going to be a teacher, I have met most of my amazing colleagues that will be going through the program with me, and the Linguist Center just opened the Teacher Leader Center which will be my new favorite place to study!