5 Tips to Staying Full on an Empty Wallet

by Madeline Keane

Here’s a post for hungry students who have no money – hopefully a few people can relate!

1. Shop at Aldi: This is my favorite grocery store, hands-down. When you go, bring a quarter to unlock a cart. Fear not, you get the quarter back when you return your cart to the front of the store. Aldi is wonderful for someone who struggles with decision making, like me, because there are less choices of each item. This is also how they keep prices so low! They have great deals on everything from produce to poultry! Instead of bagging groceries in plastic bags, Aldi takes a green initiative and asks customers to bring their own reusable bags (or buy them there).

2. Coupons: In today’s day and age, digital coupons are the way to go! Check out the Pocket Points App which gives you points for staying off your phone during class. The points can be redeemed for great deals at local restaurants like Hy-Vee, Tropical Smoothie, and Fuzzy’s. You can also find deals for money off online orders on Columbia and Levi brands! The Hooked app also has lots of deals on food from local restaurants. Like the Facebook pages of your favorite restaurants to keep up to date on their weekly deals.

3. Get a job with ISU dining: Having a job on campus not only earns you money and experience for a resume, but for each 3-hour shift, employees are allowed a free meal! Since freshman year, I have wanted to work at Froots. This semester I had the opportunity to pursue the job, and I have really been enjoying the perk of bringing home a smoothie at the end of each shift.

4. Meal Prep: Tasty videos on Facebook and posts on Pinterest will provide you all sorts of easy meals to make ahead of time. Time spent cooking dinner every night can add up, and time is money! Eating out on the regular is both unhealthy and expensive, so pack up some lunches and prep some dinners on Sunday so you’re ready for the week. My favorite dish to meal prep is burrito bowls.

5. Walk past Parks at noon: Organizations often dish out cookies or pizza to grab your attention. Not only can you get free food, you can learn all about what’s going on around campus. The tent signs often advertise free food options too. Be on the lookout for Homecoming buttons which will be sold soon and be your pass to yummy lunches on central campus all week long!


Choose Your Adventure: Career Fair Advice

Honors Ambassadors weigh in with (conflicting) advice for the upcoming career fairs. Which approach do you favor?

Evan Wieczorek, Senior in Aerospace Engineering

If i had to give advice for the career fair in one word, the word would be preparation. Showing up to the career fair confident and ready to ask questions is the difference between landing and not landing that dream job or internship. Career services offers amazing resources from free resume reviews and by holding mock interviews that can help you prepare. I know that Cyhire always helps me prepare for the career fair with their career fair maps and list of employers attending the career fair. They even have some jobs that have applications right in the Cyhire website! At the end of the day, the connections that you’ll make at the career fair might be the ones that help kick start a career in a field that you are passionate about!


Carter Francis, Senior in Materials Engineering

How I learned to stop worrying, and start loving the bomb… I mean Career Fair…
I have a friend who loves the career fair, simply because she likes getting all the free stuff they have to offer. She collects different stress balls from companies and free pens and flash drives or “pop coozies.” And I made fun of her for it. But historically she has done far better than I have at the career fair AND she got a bunch of free stuff.
So that is my advice…  go for the free stuff. As I am freaking out trying to make a good impression, she is walking up to a random company simply because they have a pig stress ball that she hasn’t collected yet. So stop freaking out and just put yourself out there. Maybe you walk up to a table cause they have a really cool bag that you want, or cause their poster looks cool. The point of the career fair is to just go and talk to someone.
For those of us who can’t just take a breath and not care about the career fair: the Scheman building has a very cool museum upstairs that is a good place to take a break

*Last* First Days as a Cyclone, 2017

We shared some FHP students’ reflections on their first weeks as Cyclones here.  Our seniors have a lot of feelings too!  What is it like for them to start the end of their Cyclone careers?


Starting my last semester at Iowa State has me reflecting back on my previous years here, all the way back to my freshman year. I remember my very first class on my very first day at Iowa State…because I went to the wrong classroom! Not only that, I sat through the entire 50 minute lecture, as I thought it was too late to leave once I realized my mistake. Over the semesters, I have a lot more confidence, and am proud to say I have never sat through the wrong lecture since!

Sierra Lucht, Computer Engineering


My “last first day” of school was wonderful! I went for a run around our beautiful campus, grabbed a coffee at the Memorial Union and then headed to class. I loved the first day of courses, especially my Honors Seminar, Global Borders and You. It feels like yesterday that I walked to my first class at Iowa State, Journalism and Mass Communication 101. I was nervous on my first day, but my professor was kind and welcoming to us during class. Now, I am so excited to be a senior, but it is also bittersweet. ISU has shaped me into a stronger leader and a more compassionate individual. I am challenged each day by Iowa State’s faculty, staff and students to become a better version of myself than I was the day before. As I walked on campus for my last first day, I felt so thankful for the many leadership opportunities, academic and lifelong friendships Iowa State has provided me throughout my years at ISU. I hope everyone has a great year! Go Cyclones!

Brooke Almasi, Public Relations


On the first day of class as an undecided freshman, I remember being overwhelmed by the ‘largeness’ of everything: my Calc III lecture, the sheer size of the campus, the numerous people with whom I’d shared names, majors, and hometowns. Over the past few years, though, I’ve happily found my niche in the smaller, more specialized classes for my major, the clubs and activities I’ve been a part of, and, above all, the relationships I’ve formed with friends and professors that will stay with me even after graduation. As a senior, it’s astounding to look back at all I’ve done at Iowa State thus far, including things that I had hoped to do coming in (like studying abroad) and a lot of things that I would have never imagined myself doing (like stand-up comedy!).

Rachel Reyes, English


The last first day starts the same as any other semester – welcome to campus, syllabus review, that one professor who starts lecturing within the first five minutes of class – but at some point I realized that I will only have this experience one more time. My next job won’t be an internship, but a real-person, real-responsibility, real-life career. My friends won’t be across town, but across the country or the world. My commute won’t be a walk across this beautiful campus, but a drive to the plant where I work. But I know that Iowa State has prepared me for the real world, that the friends I’ve made here will last for life, and that Ames will always feel like home. So on the last first day, I was grateful for this incredible place that made me excited to come back for a fifth year and has given me the greatest adventures of my life!

Natalie Hanson, Biological Systems Engineering


Is it bittersweet to be nearly finished? Yes, very much. On the one hand, it is extremely exciting to be exploring opportunities after college and to be so close to the next big adventure. I’m excited to apply everything I’ve learned at ISU and take on new challenges. On the other hand, I’m going to miss campus like crazy. There’s no place quite like Iowa State, and I love that I get to learn so much every day here.
How was your “last first day” of class different from your first day back when you were a freshman? As a freshman, the first day of class was both terrifying and exciting. I prepared relentlessly, reviewed every syllabus, planned my route from class to class, and even carried my textbooks. Now, as a senior, I skipped the first day of classes to go see the total solar eclipse.
Do you remember the first class you ever went to? The first class I ever attended was Chemistry 167 in Troxel Hall. There were nearly a dozen other freshman in my residence hall going to the same class, so we traveled together as a herd and picked a nice back corner of the lecture hall to sit in because it was scary at the front.
How have your “first weeks” changed over the years? Each first week has been an adventure in its own way. Freshman year, everything was new and exciting. Sophomore year I felt like a pro, and then went to the wrong class. Junior year I studied abroad, then returned as a Community Adviser in a new building. Senior Year #1 I commuted from off campus for the first time, and started my concurrent MBA classes (which made me feel like a freshman again). And now, Senior Year #2, I felt comfortable enough to miss the first day entirely and go check “total solar eclipse” off the bucket list. Yes, I get two senior years as a concurrent graduate student, and yes, it’s the best.
What are you going to miss about Iowa State? I love the atmosphere here. There is so much adventure in the air and endless opportunities. I’ve never missed a single ClubFest, so I’m certainly going to miss joining random clubs and seeing all they have to offer. I really think Cyclones are a special group of people, and I’m going to miss being around them every day.

Ryan Gallus, Computer Engineering


In a way not much has changed since I was starting my first week as a freshman: I’m still walking to class listening to Taylor Swift’s new song. (My freshman year she just released “Shake It Off” and now “Look What You Made Me Do” is the soundtrack to my last first week of class.) But, just like Taylor’s new music, senior year feels very different from freshman year. I feel more confident, I no longer get lost on my way to class, and I finally understand how to ride CyRide!

Paige Vaden, Kinesiology & Health


The first week as a super senior has involved 3D printing joints, casting resin and concrete to model table tops, writing 3000 words of architectural theory, and reading ~100 pages of philosophy. Luckily I love all of this stuff so it has been easy for me to manage and navigate all of the pitfalls of taking 22 credits.

Ian Dillon, Architecture


As I began my last first week of school, it was weird to think that it was the beginning of the end! College has gone by so quickly, but I am so pleased with the experiences that I have had!
My most fond memory of my first day at ISU was getting lost on campus. Despite having plenty of screenshots of Google maps and the MyState app on my phone, I still got lost after my third class. I have not gotten lost since, so there is hope out there, young Cyclones.
I’m really going to miss the community of Ames, the long waits outside in the freezing cold for basketball games (hahahaha just kidding), Honors (whaddup E2 & A2), Dance Marathon, and El Azteca.

Katlyn Hardecopf, Finance


My first day as a freshman and my last first day as a senior both included my older sister, who is a graduate student at Iowa State. The night of my first day as a freshman, she reassured me that everything was going to be okay and, eventually, college wouldn’t seem as scary and overwhelming as it did that night. On my last first day, after classes and work, my sister and I drove to Des Moines together to see one of my favorite artists, Gegory Alan Isakov, perform. The fun night we had on my last first day proved her right: I made it to my last semester and, now, college definitely isn’t so scary or overwhelming, which made it okay to put off color coding my planner and studying my syllabi for another night and go see an amazing concert.

Rebecca Ray, Financial Counseling and Planning


  • It is really bittersweet to be almost done with college. I have loved my three (soon to be four) years here, and I love who I have become in that time. I have met my best friends here, and the memories will last a lifetime. That being said, I am excited to start a new chapter in my life, and hopefully I will be going to veterinary school in the fall!
  • My last first day went pretty well, but so did my first first day. I am just lucky I had friends in both of those classes!
  • The first class I ever went to was ANS 114- I walked with my now best friend (more like a sister) from Barton Anders to Kildee, and we may have taken the wrong route to get there, but at least we left 30 minutes early!
  • My first weeks through the years have not changed a whole lot in terms of routine, but I have noticed that I am much more comfortable with the flow and pace of college as time has gone on, and I am not as frazzled and unorganized. I also have gotten very very good at picking out “interesting facts” about myself for icebreakers!
  • I am going to miss so many things about Iowa State, I don’t even know where to begin. I think the biggest thing will be the friends I have made here. We have played Crumpets (shout-out to Anders House!) until we were covered in mud, studied for exams until ungodly hours of the morning (some of the time yelling at our textbooks), celebrated good grades and job opportunities, and cried when we left each other for the summer. I can only hope that we stay in touch, and that our amazing friendship continues. I don’t know where or what I would be without them!

Colette Manley, Animal Science


My first class freshman year was Anatomy 255 at 8am with Dr. K, I woke up 2 hours early and got to class 45 minutes early and sat in the very front row! Haha, I met my best friend Emma that day though, she’s now in her Masters program in Iowa City. I haven’t taken an 8am since Dr.K’s Anatomy; except this semester it just so happens for my last semester of college I get the joy’s of 8am’s one last time. This time I woke up 25 minutes before class and strolled in at 7:59am. I took a window seat in the back and felt a tinge of saddest about my last first day, I’ve been waiting for this moment since August 2014, and now that it’s here I feel like my time at ISU was a blink of an eye. I love Iowa State and I will always be forever true.

Carlee Cutler, Kinesiology & Health


My last “first day of classes” as an undergraduate was busy with club meetings, homework, schedule planning, and more! My senior year is echoing my freshman year, but it’s far better. To explain, I will tell a story about a small portion of my college experience. I have been very involved in musical ensembles during my time in college. As a freshman, I auditioned for band during my first week on campus. I dressed up for the occasion, and was neither very prepared nor very confidant. I wanted to double major in music and kinesiology, and I soon dropped the second major in music. This came with many tears and frustrations. Could I enjoy music without the major? Why did I miss flute lessons so much? Would I be able to achieve my dream of teaching flute lessons someday? During every semester, I continued in music by playing in the Flute Ensemble, a group comprised of select flutists at Iowa State. This fall, for the second time in my college career, I auditioned for band, and this time I knew what I wanted: to play in the Iowa State Wind Ensemble, tour with them in Europe next summer, and positively contribute my talents to this musical community. I had prepared well by taking lessons with my flute professor over the summer, and practiced the audition with numerous friends. My audition during this last first week of school was far from perfect, but the hard work paid off! I will be playing with the Wind Ensemble during these last two semesters, and I couldn’t be more excited to have the opportunity to be involved!

Jenna Petersen, Kinesiology & Health


It’s hard to believe that I just went through my last first week of school! I can remember back to freshman year how stressed I was to make it to my first 8 AM on time. Now, I’ve definitely perfected the five minute morning routine to narrowly make it to the bus. What I’ve learned the last three years is that college is about the memories you make. It’s not about spending your nights studying and doing homework. Get out and join clubs and organizations! Grill out just because you can! Go to that party because you worked hard and deserve a break! Enjoy spending time with the people around you and take advantage of all the opportunities ISU offers students. What I’m going to miss most is being surrounded by friends. When we all graduate, we are going to move all over the place, and can’t hang out all weekend. We are starting our next adventure, and I can’t wait!

Renee Layoun, Business Economics/Math 


On my first day as a Cyclone, I was terrified. Too many classes, too many people, too much new! And despite the protests of my new neighbors in Barton Anders—my new dorm—that it would be great, that it would be fun, that we would all become best friends: I was scared, and little, and a freshman.
I’m now entering my last semester. This summer, I went to the wedding of two Barton Anders kids, and the whole dorm was there to hug and laugh and cheer them on. I’m starting capstone classes, loving all the projects and opportunities that have opened up for me through ISU. I’m preparing my Honors Project for presentation at an international conference, and I am rooming with one of the first people I met when I started as a Cyclone.  My life is full. And no, not scary at all.
Of course, new things become old, and old things brush away. In December I start the terror all over again: new jobs, new horizons, new lives to live. But this time, I’m not terrified. ISU has shown me I can handle it. And sometimes, a little terror can open the door to a whole lot of goodness.

Allison Kirstukas, Apparel, Merchandising, and Design


First Days as a Cyclone (2017)

We asked First-Year Honors Program students to tell us a little about their first official week as Iowa State students…here’s what they said (along with some pictures from the FHP Kickoff the night before class started)! Here’s what they said in 2016, 2015, 2014 and 2013, too.



I’ve really enjoyed my first week at ISU! My FHP section has a lot of great people and it definitely one of my more fun classes. It was a good addition to have on my first day of class. Adjusting to living in a dorm hasn’t been too bad though I do miss having air conditioning just a little bit. I have learned a few good lesson so far such as don’t cut yourself shaving 15 minutes before your 8 am class. But more importantly Barton Anders is an awesome place to live with just fantastic people living there and crumpets is the best game ever. I’m really excited for some of the Honors events like ice skating and the weekend trip.

Brian Todey, M2, Civil Engineering



FHP Kickoff was great!  I did not appreciate the humidity, but the activities were fun and the Hickory Park made it more than worth it. 🙂  My first classes were insane (I had four in a row) but still fun!  Luckily I don’t have too much homework yet since it was just introductions for this week.  I’m really excited about the Honors seminar I’m taking about feminism in the media.  This whole year just seems like it’s going to be a lot of fun! 🙂

Kajsa Hallberg, A2, Apparel, Merchandising, and Design


This is a picture of me on my first day before I crashed my bike in front of my chem lab building. #GoodTimes #Makin’Mems Liv Taylor, J2, Civil Engineering


From basketball at Lied with friends to lunch in Friley Windows with study buddies, I’ve had a blast during the first week as a Cyclone! Wouldn’t want to be anywhere else!

Grant Neighbor, A1, Mechanical Engineering



My first week was a literal workout from running down 8 flights  stairs to catch a bus or to and fro work and class and all the way from here to Narnia to get to buildings in 10 minutes…at least I got my steps in. 😅

The classes themselves were a completely different vibe from high school, shorter and at times real random. I’ve seen mating porcupines, exploding balloons, learned how to spell my name in Arabic, and discovered 9am is not a good time to get Caribou. I’ve found some great quiet places to eat lunch around Lagomarcino and at Clyde’s. I enjoy my Honors 121 class and hearing all the ups and downs in everyone else’s day! I also took a picture with Nyle DiMarco and saw Melissa Villaseñor live at MU. So pretty lit so far TBC

Lilian Juma, F1, Political Science



I can definitely give you some of my thought about my first week here. I did really enjoy the FHP kickoff the presentation was helpful, the food was great, and the relay was a blast! My first day of classes was great except for the fact that I spilled half of my coffee during my 9am. My favorite spot on campus is central campus because it’s really nice to walk through going to classes and I enjoy seeing the various student activities that take place on it. I actually haven’t been to Caribou or spent any dining dollars yet which I’m quite proud of! Living without air conditioning hasn’t been too bad but multiple fans are required to survive over the night. I’m excited to be in FHP and I’m really looking forward to the retreat it sounds like a lot of fun!

Jake Filip, C1, Pre-Business



I spent 20 minutes in an Organic Chemistry lab before I realized that it, in fact, was not my 201 lab. I even had the lab coat and goggles on, ready to go.

Marissa Gustafson, J1, Chemical Engineering



The academic environment here at Iowa State University is exceptional ― professors and students alike strive to better themselves each and every day.

John Mobley, J3, Physics



The first day of class was fine- my favorite class didn’t meet until later that week, but my overall impression was fine. The campus is massive and I spent the entirety of my first class fighting with my laptop to let me use Top Hat, but other than those two minor things, the first day of class went well. I like the professors and the students, and find that the T.A.s do a really good job at teaching.

A couple things more little stories (good things): Last Friday, provided we had the teacher’s approval, another student and I raced down the hall in the classroom chairs, which were spinney and had wheels. Even though she won, I had a blast. I’ve also been able to go to Cyclone Cinema, which was amazing and I will definitely be doing more of in the future. I got a big bag of kettle corn, Swedish Fish, and lemonade for $5.00.

(and the not so good): I’ve sufficiently gotten lost a minimum of 10 times so far. My alarm didn’t go off on Friday and I woke up at 7:47. My first class was at 8. It was in Troxel, I live in Friley (a 15 minute walk). I literally threw myself out of bed, threw on shoes, and sprinted. I barely got there on time, but I did. Motto of the story: make sure your alarm works.

My favorite spot is probably the Campanile. I just love the traditions associated with it and the beautiful songs it plays. Thank you, bell player that I don’t know the name of. I’m super excited for the Murder Mystery and the undergrad research.

Noelle O’Brien, L3, Chemical Engineering



At the kickoff I did the worm, and it was glorious

Jacob Conn, E1, Computer Engineering


Honors Summer Snapshots: Edel

Ever wonder what Honors students do during the summer? Honors Ambassadors and students will be taking you into their 2017 summer routines via photos. Edel called Boston home for the summer; if you want to know more about what summer REUs are like, have a look:

Hi everyone! My name is Edel Aron and I’m a senior in math and biology with minors in physics and computer science. I spent most of the summer in Boston working in Boston University’s Biostatistics Department as part of a NSF Bioinformatics REU (I highly recommend doing an REU to anyone considering a career in the sciences by the way).

The left from the plaza next to the city hall; it’s usually got a lot of people walking through it or some kind of festival or other event going on, but luckily for me, they scattered because of the rain. The right a view of the heart of the city from BU’s slice of the Charles River.


Living arrangements were provided as a part of the program, so this apartment building a few blocks south of the main campus was home sweet home for the ten of us.


The top left is the building in the medical campus that I worked in, the top right is my cubicle that I shared with my roommate who was working in the same department and the bottom is the free shuttle from the main campus that I took to (and from) work every day since the two campuses are so far apart.


I did a lot of exploring of the city in my free time by using the T (the public transportation system), which conveniently had a line that cut right through the heart of BU’s main campus. The nature of my research project meant that I had somewhat flexible hours, so I did some adventuring during the week as well as every weekend.


I made sure to see a lot of classic tourist and historical spots like Bunker Hill (top left). Quincy Market (top right), the U.S.S. Constitution (center right), and the statue of George Washington in the Boston Commons (bottom right). I even saw a Red Sox game (bottom left) thanks to some tickets my mentor got!


There are a lot of beautiful buildings in both new and old styles throughout the city. Top left is the InterContinental Hotel, top right is MIT, bottom left is the Boston Public Library and the bottom right is the Massachusetts State House.


Unsurprisingly, the fourth of July was quite a celebration! There were events going on throughout the city for the entire week leading up to it; tours, cruises, exhibitions, music performances, etc. Some very interesting men gave demonstrations of how an authentic old printing press works at the Old North Church (top left), the longer-than-it-seems Declaration of Independence was read from the balcony of the Old State House where it was read originally centuries ago (top right), a parade went through downtown afterwards (bottom right) and there was a big concert with fireworks at the Memorial Shell at the Esplanade along the Charles (bottom right).


Honors Summer Snapshots: Justin

Ever wonder what Honors students do during the summer? Honors Ambassadors and students will be taking you into their 2017 summer routines via photos. Honors Horticulture student Justin Wigdahl spent time working in the happiest place on earth:

This summer was literally a dream come true for me. I got to spend my whole summer in the most magical place on earth! Walt Disney World! I worked along with 31ish other interns for Disney’s Horticulture Department. We got to work 3 weeks in the landscape at each park alongside the area gardeners who loved having us for the extra help and enthusiasm.

All the 28 horticulture interns got split into 4 teams which rotated through the parks together. This is my fantastic team. We are the Seven Dwarves. We got to learn the ins and outs of Disney Horticulture together.


The start of every workday begins with driving under this iconic sign at 4:30am.


Our last rotation is at Animal Kingdom. Today we spent the morning watering and pine-strawing (mulching with pine straw…pine straw = the brown stuff I have in my hand) the landscape in Pandora, the World of Avatar. The guests have a funny way of making all the pine straw disappear in a day…


… It was fine though cause we got to work in Disney’s newest land – which is beautiful!!


Like any new land at Disney, Pandora had some problems in the landscape. Some of the plants that came in for a boggy area were infected with leaf hoppers. My teammate, Tessa, and I had to take on the infected leaf bog and cut out all of the plants. They had random, unique projects like this for us at every park. Also, Disney is all about safety (Safe D Begins With Me is their motto) so we are always geared up in all the newest safety trends.


Usually at this point we would have lunch, but since that’s backstage and pictures backstage aren’t allowed, I’ll just substitute it with this picture of us weedwhacking the African savannah at the Animal Kingdom Lodge. I found out the animals need mechanical help to keep all the grass mowed. If you look closely you can see the big mean cows with the big horns watching us from behind.


After work I typically hang out by the pool, cook, run, or go to the parks. Free admission to the Disney parks is amazing!! My roommates and I made it a tradition to go to Magic Kingdom every Friday night. Here we are zipping through infinity and beyond on Space Mountain.


We made it a goal to get as many character signatures on our backpacks as possible so I’ve rubbed shoulders with quite a few Disney characters. So far I have 30+ signatures scribbled all over my Jansport!


The fireworks at Disney are amazing! They have them at every park every night!(well, at least nighttime shows – Animal Kingdom can’t do fireworks). If it weren’t for the early morning work schedule I’d probably be watching fireworks every night. The new show at Magic Kingdom called Happily Ever After is my favorite!


There’s been so many incredible things I’ve gotten to do this summer at work at other parks! Here’s 1/2 that I’ll highlight: I got to learn how to use a gas-powered hedge trimmer on the Mickey Floral outside of Magic Kingdom!! (We didn’t actually get to trim his face, just the decorative swirls on either side) 50,000 people come through the entrance and take a picture of this landmark daily! That’s a lot of pressure! We learned that it’s all about control and remembering that we’re trimming plants, so if we mess up it’ll just grow back.


In Epcot, we got to jump into waders and trudge through the Chinese Reflection Pool. It had become hard to see your reflection through all the waterlily growth so we had to free up the surface space. Mulan songs were definitely sung. Pro tip: if you are really hot but don’t want to get wet, grab some waders and step into a pool or water body. It’s like free and personal air conditioning.


So that’s been a picture of my summer. Disney World is wonderful. I’d recommend anyone to spend some time as a cast member! But also, I’m so pumped to get back to Iowa and be back on campus. See ya real soon!


Btw, to all you Newsies and Broadway fans, I got to meet Stephanie Styles in Epcot! She was incredible and her mom is really nice too.



Honors Summer Snapshots: Bailey

Ever wonder what Honors students do during the summer? Honors Ambassadors and students will be taking you into their 2017 summer routines via photos. Bailey Mooney did some high altitude medical volunteering this summer:

Hi, my name is Bailey and I’m a junior majoring in Biochemistry and Genetics. This summer, like most, flew by so fast! I got to do a lot of amazing things including shadowing doctors, volunteering at University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics, and working with a mobile medical clinic in Lima, Peru. A majority of my summer was spent working at Amana Colonies Golf Club. Although I do not know anything about golf, I’m really good at pretending! I am excited to get back to school, but I wouldn’t trade this summer for anything!

The highlight of my summer was definitely my trip to Peru. Here’s some pictures to show you how cool it was!

This was the area of Lima were we stayed, called Miraflores.


A picture of the building and community where we set up our mobile clinic for a day.


Inside the building mentioned above


A staircase we built to help community members better access their homes


The ISU crew!


My favorite Peruvian food, lomo saltado!