What is your overall opinion of this school?
I think that Iowa State University is wildly underrated. Before searching for colleges, I had never even hear of Iowa State University, and stumbled upon it purely based on geographical location. I wanted to leave my home state of Kansas, and found that Iowa State University, being about four hours away, was the perfect distance. I had originally planned on staying in Kansas, and attending University of Kansas or Kansas State University, but did not love either of the schools. When I received a letter in the mail stating I had earned a scholarship to go to ISU, my mom had our family go on a road trip to check out the campus. When I was there, I fell in love. The home-y atmosphere of the brick buildings and carefully laid out landscapes, with beautiful trees dotting the entire campus and town, how could I not fall in love? I went during spring break, so there were very few students on campus, but I liked how the students that had stayed there seemed to always be on a mission, and I wanted to be a part of that. During my freshman orientation, one of the advisors gave some fantastic advice. He said to imagine yourself having your worst possible day, and from there decide which college you would want to spend that horrible day at. Now that I go to Iowa State, I remember that, and when I am having a rough time, I'll take a look at my surroundings, the beautiful fall trees, or the little stretch of sidewalk on Welch that had become one of my favorite spots since the moment I saw it, and I remember that even though I am having a bad day, at least I am spending my time at a university that I have grown to love. Along with loving the atmosphere of the campus, I have come to love the people there as well. I live in the Wallace-Wilson towers, which, understandably get a very bad reputation. They are very far from the other dorms, and are very old. However, the community within the Towers are so wonderful. I have found some of my very best friends at these dorms, and am so thankful for the opportunity to be able to live with them. Outside of school, I am also really involved at my church, St. Thomas Aquinas. The community there is just as wonderful, if not more so than the community at my dorm. In the student lounge, there are always friends hanging out and talking or doing homework, and I have been able to meet some very interesting humans and hold great conversations there ranging from our faith to our own wild experiences. People at Iowa State University are so kind and great friend material, usually being charismatic and fun, while also being trustworthy and determined. Choosing to go to Iowa State University has hands down been one of my best decisions yet, and I can't wait to see what else it has in store for me throughout the rest of my college experience.