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! Here’s what they said in 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014 and 2013, too.
My first week of classes was good! I had to use Google Maps to get to all my classes, but I found them all! I felt a little overwhelmed with my course load, but I know that the Honors Program will always be there for me when I need help.
Anna Tystahl, Biology, F2
My first week at Iowa State was one to remember! It started off well bright and early Monday morning when I got off at the wrong CyRide stop for my 8 am class right as the MyState app on my phone decided to crash! But hey there’s no better way to make new friends on campus than hysterically asking upperclassmen for directions to Curtiss Hall! While my adventure to my first class was memorable, the real highlight of my week came Tuesday afternoon when the fire alarm went off in my dorm… while I was in the shower. Needless to say I had my 15 minutes of fame after rushing down the stairs in nothing but a bathrobe! While this week was a little crazy and unpredictable, I wouldn’t have it any other way! College is all about having fun and making memories and I can definitely say my first week was a blast and most definitely unforgettable!
Lizzie Tecklenburg, Journalism and Mass Communication, H3
I have had a great first week as a Cyclone!! The FHP kickoff was really fun and I enjoyed being able to meet the people in my group before class started. The downside of the first day of class was the rain, but I was excited to get back to school and a steady schedule. So far, I’m really enjoying hanging out in Jischke and doing my homework because it is both air conditioned and quiet. I’m also excited to go to some of the Honors salons and definitely the ice cream social.
Fallon Beck, Engineering Undeclared, G3
The first week was great! ISU already feels like home. I know the people in my FHP seminar are going to be some great friends. My favorite place to study this week was the comfy chairs looking out the big library windows. I am super excited to see what the rest of the year holds!
Danielle Elliott, Event Management, C3
The first week is going great. FHP kickoff was a blast to get to know everyone in the group and have great food and fun games with them. The first day of class was great getting started and meeting all the professors. My favorite spot on campus is some of the tiers in the library where it’s very quiet and you’re surround by a crazy amount of information on so many topics. I’m really excited for the honors connection for the opportunity to start research with a mentor next semester.
Karter Krueger, Computer Engineering, B3
My experience at Iowa State so far has been wonderful. I’ve already met some amazing students, and faculty, who truly care about learning and a sense of community. The FHP kickoff was a great opportunity to meet my fellow Honors students, and an even better opportunity for some tasty treats!
My first day of class was a great introduction into time management, planning routes to class, and learning at the higher level. My favorite class so far would most likely be French 101, even though I had never taken it before this week! (Also, the first day of school photo IS NOT cheesy. Your family will love it.)
By the way, explore campus! One of my favorite spots here is near the MU parking ramp, actually. It’s a great place to “get off the beaten path” and surround yourself in the vegetation and little streams.
As far as Honors goes, I’m just thrilled to be in the program. Though I’m unsure about my future plans, doing it the first year has certainly not been a waste so far.
Meg Grice, Journalism and Mass Communication, G3
My first week as a Cyclone was a little overwhelming, however I really am starting to get the hang of things now. It is exciting to start seeing familiar faces around campus as I am walking around. My favorite spot on campus is definitely the library… it is nice to have a spot solely dedicated to studying with minimal distractions. One of my favorite things so far were the bagels in the morning in Jischke for the Honors program members. I look forward to the coming weeks and what they have to bring for me.
Alexander Thayer, Engineering Undeclared, E3
I definitely enjoyed my first few days at Iowa State. I’m interested in architecture, so I really enjoyed getting to see all the cool buildings. Out of all of them, the MU is by far my favorite.
Jack Strait, Pre-Architecture, C3
My first week was pretty good! I love walking between classes and enjoying the beautiful campus.
Chinar Kaul, Computer Engineering, J1
I really enjoyed the FHP kickoff– it was great to get to know my Honors section, and free Hickory Park is always a bonus! My first day of class as an Iowa Stater was very overwhelming, but after the first week I’m feeling much more confident that I’ll survive the semester. I’ve had the chance to explore campus a bit, and my favorite spot so far is the Lagomarcino courtyard. I am also pretty likely to be found at Jischke or Horticulture Hall. The lack of air conditioning hasn’t been too terrible, but having a fan is definitely non-optional. I’m very excited for the FHP Retreat, and I’m already enjoying HON 121.
I’m really looking forward to all the opportunities opened up through FHP!
Leah Henderson, Horticulture, C2
It’s going good! I had a wonderful time at the kickoff. I love my peer mentor group leaders. They are super nice and awesome! I am very thankful for the honors program and how it has made me feel more welcomed. I appreciate the respect that we have for one another at Iowa State and I can’t wait to have fun at FHP events in the future! I am very thankful to be a first year honor student.
Nourah Abusada, Animal Science, F1
My first week was pretty good, I miss the air conditioning but it hasn’t been too hot to complain…. yet. I haven’t really taken many photos but my time here has been fun hanging out doing whatever I want.
James McGonegle, Engineering Undeclared, G2
Yes, I had a fantastic first week as a Cyclone! The first day of classes was a bit rainy, but that definitely didn’t stop the excitement from buzzing around campus. I’m extremely excited about my Honors English 250 class, and I’ve loved getting to know everyone already! Also, admittedly, my favorite spot to study on campus is definitely Jischke — no lie 🙂 I attached my obligatory first day of school picture before the rain got to me!!
Elizabeth Pals, Public Relations, K2
My first week at college has been pretty great. There have been a few things, like class sizes, that I thought I was prepared for, but was still a bit put off by, but overall, college doesn’t see like that big of a change. I think my favorite spot on campus would either be my dorm (thankfully I live somewhere with air conditioning) or the convenience stores in general because they are something I’m more used to. I look forward to figuring more out about college.
Alicia Klimesh, Open Option, L1
So far so good. I applied myself throughout the week, and only have a little homework left to do.
Sam Clement, History, D1
They always recommend for first year college students to stay for one month before heading home to avoid any bouts of homesickness. At Iowa State, you can rest almost completely assured that this will NOT happen. The campus is completely gorgeous and the people you meet are unbelievably open to getting to know new people. The Honors community at ISU not only assists in any educational need but also helps students get to know one another and make friends (usually by using food for motivation).
“Home is where the heart is,” and my heart has fully committed to Iowa State University – sun AND rain.
Kinley McIntosh, Biology, H1
I have found Honors to be a relaxing break from more difficult classes. I am also very glad I live in a dorm with air conditioning.
Dan Johanningmeier, Engineering Undeclared, C2
My first week at ISU was amazing! The FHP kickoff was a great way to meet my group and have a few familiar faces around campus before class began. Before classes started on Monday, my sister, Abbie, took a first day of school picture with me to send to our parents. Because I had my first Honors class around lunchtime on Monday, some of my new Honors friends and I went to grab lunch together which was so nice! The whole first week was pretty overwhelming, but in a really good way. I really like hanging out in my dorm because I can leave the door open and say hi to friends who pass by (and to get some air flow from the air conditioner-less Helser hall). I’m actually really excited for building my future resume in Honors because I think it was make me even more excited for my future! After my first week, I can say without a doubt that Iowa State is the place to be.
Lydia Schafer, Apparel, Merchandising, and Design, C3
I have been having a great week with the start of classes & getting back into the routine! No outrageous anecdotes yet:)
Elisabeth Balke, Advertising, E3
The first week of classes was great! Although I am still navigating through the many platforms to locate homework, syllabus, etc., I am loving every second of it. I like living on campus, close to all my classes and activities, as well. Although Linden (my dorm) doesn’t have air conditioning, I can tolerate it quite well.
Classes have generally gone well, but m biology lab was the only exception. My experience was one to remember, seeing as how my lab computer would not work and there were only as many as there were students in the class. So I ended up sitting and waiting for an opportunity to use another one until I only had 45 minutes left. I am really hoping for a better second week!
My favorite place to study would have to be at the library. It is quiet and I can usually find a nice spot to do my work.
So far, I love being a Cyclone!
Lauren Bilek, Biology, E1
It’s been such a great week. I love being able to go to events that have free food. The Hickory Park at the FHP Kickoff was amazing!! I’ve been to half a dozen events where they provide pizza and beverages and great food. I even went to an event where they made pancakes at 11 pm. That’s a picture of some of my friends in front of the house. These events are probably the best way to make friends.
Thu Tran, Economics, G3