“Choose things that support your goals—friendships, courses, activities, how you spend your free time. The choices you make during your college can affect the rest of your life. There will be very few times in your life when you are presented with so many choices, so take advantage of all the opportunities available at Iowa.”
—Kim Balandrin, management and economics major from Palos Park, Ill.


Many UI students are learning to make decisions that affect not only their college experiences, but also their lives beyond the University. The IOWA Challenge urges students to make choices deliberately and thoughtfully, keeping overall goals in sight:

  • Choose a path that’s right for you—don’t let others choose for you, and surround yourself with people who support your choices.
  • As a student, you’ll be asked to set priorities and make choices in new ways. It’s okay to make mistakes, but learn from the consequences of your decisions.
  • Becoming a UI student can be liberating, but the demands can be unexpected, exhausting, and sometimes stressful. Learn when to seek advice or assistance.
  • Don’t be afraid to take risks that help you explore your goals, but don’t feel obligated to do things that aren’t in your best interests.