Honors Summer Snapshots: Eva

Ever wonder what Honors students do during the summer? Instead of doing “traditional” blog posts this summer, Honors Ambassadors and students will be taking you into their summer routines via photos. Eva Kuntz is spending a summer on campus as a Cyclone Aide – here’s a behind-the-scenes look at what a day in the life of a Cyclone Aide is like:


Hello! My name is Eva Kuntz and I just finished my first year at Iowa State University. I am also a 2015 Cyclone Aide. I woke up at 6:00am this morning, ate breakfast, and am now on my way to assist with Orientation Check-In and Registration at the Hixon-Lied Student Success Center. As a Cyclone Aide, I love seeing new students’ smiling faces—their enthusiasm is contagious!



Today has been good so far, and I am about to give a tour of central campus to some new students and their families. This is my first tour and I’m slightly nervous, but I’ve been practicing the tour script, so I should be okay. The sun is shining and there’s not a cloud in the sky—literally!


las student session

After giving my tour, I stopped at the Memorial Union Food Court for lunch, and then walked to Troxel Hall for the LAS College Meeting. Since I am in the Open Option program, I am a part of the Open Option presentation for students in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. It’s great that I am able to share my Open Option experience with incoming students who may feel worried or nervous about “not having a major.” After the curriculum group break-out sessions, all the LAS students head back to Troxel Hall, where Jeane and I have set up snacks, for the LAS Student Program. This is one of my favorite sessions because the new students get to interact with each other and learn how to register for classes on AccessPlus.


central campus

I have a break after the LAS Student Session and am now on my way to State Gym for a quick workout before heading to the Union Drive Community Center to eat dinner with families. On my way, I snapped a few pictures of our beautiful central campus, including the Campanile and some flowers near The Hub.

flowers on central campus


After dinner, I was on my way to the Memorial Union to prep for the “What You Need to Know” program, when I spotted these baby geese and a turtle. I love seeing all the animals here on campus—bunnies, chipmunks, squirrels (I couldn’t find the albino squirrel today!), geese, and occasionally, a random turtle.



waiting for panel

During the student “What You Need to Know” program in the Memorial Union, four Cyclone Aides act as panelists and answer any questions the new students may have. After the panel, students move to central campus in small groups. Cyclone Aides then lead students through different activities and icebreakers—Eye Scream is my favorite—answer any additional questions, and discuss any worries that students may have about attending ISU or college in general. Here is a group of my fellow Cyclone Aides prepping for small groups and student panel. As you can see, we firmly believing in having no fun… ever! 🙂



After bringing my small group back to the Memorial Union Food Court for Munch and Mingle, I spotted this bird hanging out near the MU Café and asked for a picture. Even though today has been slightly exhausting, I had a great time talking with different families and hearing their stories, including both their worries and reasons for being exCYted about college. By far, my favorite part of my job as a Cyclone Aide is connecting with new students and making them feel welcome in our wonderful community. I am a proud Cyclone and I can’t wait to continue spreading exCYtement during June Orientation—GO CYCLONES! (p.s. If you’d like to share your Orientation adventures, use #iowastateORI)


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