Mason City, IA
Psychology and Pre-Pharmacy

An Interview with Megan...

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

I wouldn't have tried to be friends with anyone and everyone. Yes, it's great to meet new people and to develop new friendships, but if there is a toxic friendship that makes you feel not at ease, or self-conscious, it's not worth it. There are so many people at the university that you don't need to feel tied to that one friendship.

What are the top three campus resources new students should use in their first year?

Supplementary Instruction, Supplementary Instruction, Supplementary Instruction! It's an amazing resource that re-explains tricky material in a simpler way in a relaxed setting. It's saved my grade in more than one class. You also get to meet some great people in the class. Besides Supplementary instruction (SI), I would have to say your academic advisor is a huge help. Another is the professor. A lot of students are terrified of going to the professor and asking for help about the class, but they're the ones teaching the class! They know exactly what's going on and can help you with anything. Through this, you also form relationships with professors and that can help open doors for later experiences. 

A sense of independence comes along with being a college student. How did you handle your "independence"?

With my new independence, I realized that I didn't have to have executive permission from my parents. Though I still asked if what I was doing was a good idea or not, I was the final decision to go on with what I wanted. It allowed me to really explore myself, learn from my mistakes, own up to my mistakes, and also know that when I succeeded it was me that did it.