Waterloo, IA
Political Science B.A., Sociology B.S.

An Interview with Jocelyn...

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

Soak it all in, and try things you've never done before. Now is the time to explore and find your "why"...that thing that gets you out of bed each morning, that you just can't stop thinking about. Also, every stranger is just a friend you haven't made yet -- don't be afraid to be the first person to introduce yourself in a class, student organization meeting, or in the residence halls.

How would you define a "successful student" at the University of Iowa?

There are many ways to define a "successful student." I would say it is most important to honor your own well-being and take care of yourself. Yes, you should try to get good grades and go to class; but it's also important to eat three meals a day, do things for fun, and get plenty of sleep. Success is not defined by your G.P.A. or the number of friends you have or organizations you're in, but in how you're checking in with yourself and growing as a person.

How do you manage your free-time now compared to before you were at Iowa?

It was difficult to manage my time in college, even though I was really busy in high school. Having a schedule that varies day to day was something I hadn't experienced before, and fighting the urge to watch tv or take naps in the middle of the day was tough especially in the first year! Now I rely a lot on my planner and Outlook calendar, which has helped a lot.