*Last* First Days As A Cyclone (2015 edition, part 1)

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


I had quite a bit of trouble on my first day of school as a super senior. After being at ISU for 4 years, I thought I knew about where classes were and how to be a student. I was wrong. I walked into my first class and started towards the front to find a seat. I thought it was a bit strange when I didn’t recognize anyone in the class, even though I knew some friends had registered for the same course. The students looked so young and skinny, which is uncharacteristic of graduate students like myself. I realized they were freshmen, and I had walked into the wrong classroom.

I’ll actually be at ISU for another year and a half finishing my masters, so this isn’t goodbye quite yet.

Mike Hoefer, Industrial Engineering


Freshman Year: Bought books and supplies for Fall Semester in July.
Senior Year: It’s September and I ordered a book yesterday. Yikessss.

Freshman Year: My roommate, Lissa, and I were up late the night before the first day of class discussing our excitement and fear for the upcoming school year.
Senior Year: My best friend, Lissa, and I were up late the night before the first day of class discussing our excitement and fear for the upcoming school year.

Freshman Year: My first class at Iowa State University was FHP (A3)!
Senior Year: I walked my sister to her first class at ISU! (see picture below)

I’ve had a fantastic time at Iowa State University and am just as excited for the next step as I am sad to be wrapping up my career here. Forever a Cyclone!

Hannah Darr, Global Resource Systems


My first week of school and my last first week of school are very different! Anxiety about getting to classes has turned into a comfortable circuit between the Hach, Gilman, and Pearson (I’m a chemistry and Spanish major). And instead of making new friends every day, I get to enjoy chatting in class with friends I haven’t seen over the summer. Plus, now I know to expect lecturing and homework on the first day of class! But, some things always stay the same. I still learn something new every day, and even though I don’t live in the dorms anymore, I still call Iowa State my home.

Shannon Goes, Chemistry, Spanish


I remember that during my first week of my freshman year I was extremely nervous because I did not know anyone in any of my classes or within my major at that time. It took me a long while to get adjusted to the swing of things. Going into the start of this year I found myself being much more relaxed and having a blast catching up with my friends and professors. Another difference is that now I am in classes that really interest me, unlike all those gen-eds I took my first semester, and I have a job as a TA that I really love. It’s also been a blast going and sitting in classes that I’ve already taken for the fun of it (mainly Dendrology).

Kevin Downey, Senior in Forestry


As a senior I have been thinking back on my first semester at Iowa State, and the very first class I ever went to was my honors 121 seminar. After going to that seminar with Justin and Kristin as my co-leaders, I felt much more comfortable with college and with being on campus. Because I had such a fun and welcoming experience in my hon121 seminar, I was inspired to become a co-leader myself! I can’t believe my time here at ISU has flown by so fast, and I am going to miss all of the friends and connections I have made with students and faculty on campus.

Jordan Peterson, Biology


On my first day three years ago, I was an undeclared engineer heading towards Carver for Honors Calculus II at 8 in the morning, so Dr. Alexander could write indecipherable integrals on the chalkboard and tell us the history behind natural log. This year, no matter how much I tried, I still couldn’t get those terrible early morning classes out of my schedule, and I was on my way to class at 9 am, for Biomaterials. This time around, I was able to find my class on the first try, I took CyRide without being confused, and I boldly crossed the street while disregarding traffic, like any good senior would. You really do learn a lot here!

Pics: Before (high school graduation)…

Miller 1

…and after (random selfie I took to put in this blog)

Miller 2

Kyle Miller, Materials Engineering


It’s the first day of my college adventure. I am nervous, yet excited, as I sprint across campus, determined to find Lebaron hall without a map. I arrive 10 minutes early and slightly out of breath, but somehow I still manage to find myself stuck in the back row of the 300-person lecture hall with students watching YouTube and sleeping. “Is this what college is like? There are more people in this lecture hall than my whole high school! How will I ever get through this?” I thought to myself.

When I look back on this memory now I think it is quite humorous. My first day of school this year was much different. I leisurely walked to class, enjoying the warm weather and reminiscing about my freshman year. I arrived to class a few minutes early and immediately knew half the students in the room. I was greeted with hugs and smiles from my friends who I hadn’t seen all summer. I knew the professor by name, and I immediately felt engaged with the material we were learning. The fears of freshman year were a distant memory, replaced instead by bittersweet recollections of my 4+ years as a Cyclone.

It’s hard to believe this is the final chapter of my Iowa State adventure. I won’t miss the endless pile of homework, lack of sleep, or cold winters, but I will certainly miss our gorgeous campus, seeing my friends everyday, and the abundance of unique opportunities available here. Iowa State University has been good to me, but by next summer it will be time for me to start a new adventure, whatever that may be.

Ashley Moyna, Dietetics and Culinary Science


The first day of school was weird for me, because I am a fifth year senior.  It was a cross between just feeling out of place and feeling old. It is bittersweet to be almost done, because I love Iowa State. The campus is beautiful and the university offers so many opportunities.  When I started college, I was so nervous and unsure of everything, but now I have a confident attitude.  I know who I am and I know I can succeed in college.  I think the first class I went to as a freshman was Chemistry 177 and I loving being just a face in the crowd compared to the small high school I graduated from.  The first few weeks of school have gone from stressful, messy, and unenjoyable to fun, exciting, and, especially now, bittersweet.  I will miss everything about Iowa State, but most specifically the close proximity of all my friends and ease of making new friends.  College is a place where people are readily accessible and readily available and every freshman should take advantage of that!

Renae DeBruin, Agricultural Biochemistry


One comment on “*Last* First Days As A Cyclone (2015 edition, part 1)

  1. […] We shared some FHP students’ reflections on their first weeks as Cyclones here and here.  Our seniors have a lot of feelings too!  What is it like for them to start the end of their Cyclone careers?  At long last, here is part two of their reflections!  Part one is here. […]

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