Honors Summer Snapshots: Jamie

Ever wonder what Honors students do during the summer? Honors Ambassadors and students will be taking you into their 2018 summer routines via photos. Jamie Sampson (sophomore in Software Engineering) has penned an ode to Workiva…and thinks you’d love working there too:

It was just announced that Workiva is one of the best places to work in IT. Based out of Ames, IA, Workiva is located in the research park and is probably the most technology enhanced modern building in Ames.

Perk #1: The building is open 24/7 to those with the proper identification (it even has showers and fully stocked snack stations).

I told myself I would never be a Mac person, but here we are, and I love my laptop (granted my job is tied into it, but that’s beside the point). Seen is here is one of many different outdoor setting arrangements. It’s way better than anything in my apartment, minus maybe my bed:

Perk #2: There isn’t a set clock in, clock out schedule and you can go anywhere on the property to work.

Free breakfast 5 days a week. Who can beat that? 1 (sometimes 2) shots of expresso with skim milk and 2 pumps of ghirardelli chocolate syrup with honey wheat bread and peanut butter with a side of grapes or a banana. Breakfast for coding champions:

Perk #3: Every Wednesday, they have a special breakfast, sometimes yogurt, Panera bagels, cereal, and hot breakfast for the super special days/ when all the important people come.

I can’t begin to explain how amazing these people are. I’ve learned so much from them and look forward to many more memories with them. 3 to my right (Joe, Jeremy, Luke) are fellow software engineers, Dave is our fearless manager, and Marty is our release engineer. My title is Software Engineering Intern in R&D doing productivity engineering stuff, more specifically release management things.

Perk #4: I love going to work everyday.

Though you can’t see any people now, imagine it filled with impressionable minds. This is where you can see the goings-on of the summer internship program (ie. guest speakers, info sessions, mingling). It also likes to hold hangry peoples:

Perk #5: The chefs that cook for Workiva were trained by those from The Café and Provisions in Ames (aka, they make 5 star meals for us everyday).

They say the way to someone’s heart is through food, and let’s be honest, when you’re eating this kind of meal you can’t say it’s not true. Seen here is a salad with buttermilk ranch, a vanilla crème puff, water, fancy corn on the cob, fresh mushroom, herb, pesto pizza, with balls of quinoa goodness:

Perk #6: They serve specials Tuesday – Thursday every week (the favorite has been breakfast for lunch).

The new person in the photo is Travis (he was being picture shy in the group one). Team lunches are always a great time to take a break from work and catch up with each other. There isn’t a lunch that goes by without someone laughing. And the trees in the background, yes those are real trees, and no I have yet to get a leaf in my meal or find a snake under my foot, but I’d be surprised if it didn’t happen sometime while I’m here (less so on the snake part for everyone’s sake).

Perk #7: Not pictured but, Workiva is pet friendly! The most common furry friend is the dog, but there have been cats and birds too. Also the mice, though no one really owns them…(they are like leprechauns, we set out peanut butter for them but never see them).

The atrium holds many living plants which are also spread throughout the whole building. Fun fact, one of the founders had them brought from his property to be planted here. It is the only place where you can rely on the temperature to be what you expect it to be (we for sure aren’t tree killers). Nothing like a little fresh air without going outside.

Perk #8: There is no dress code. I go to work everyday in jeans, tennis shoes, a t-shirt, and a jacket. The atmosphere is the definition of chill.

My team’s hazing. Took a couple weeks but I’m no longer really really really awful at foosball. Our traditional after lunch activity and whenever we are just feeling like a break from work (or it’s Friday but that falls into the later and part). Many tragic defeats and triumphant wins:

Perk #9: The game room is amazing. Pool tables, ping pong tables, foosball tables, darts, Nintendo switches, arcade machines, Xboxs, the list goes on.

Disclaimer for blog entry: I swear I actually do work even if it doesn’t look like I do from the pictures. Because I’m doing what I love, software things, it’s all on the down low/behind lock and key. If you ever get a chance to tour or receive free food from Workiva, do it. If you ever get the chance to intern with them, your next immediate thought should be heck yes.


Honors Summer Snapshots: Trace

Ever wonder what Honors students do during the summer? Honors Ambassadors and students will be taking you into their 2018 summer routines via photos. Trace Tuthill (junior in Agricultural Engineering) is doing secret tractor things while drinking A LOT of coffee after getting back from a terrific ABE trip to Argentina:

So this summer I get to work as a R&D Intern for Precision Planting! They make exactly what it sounds like they make, innovative designs to maximize your yield and efficiency. Unfortunately since it’s an R&D environment, if I showed you any pictures I’d have to kill you (and that idea got a hard no from Emily), so enjoy this stock photo I have unskillfully photoshopped!


I can show you a picture of the coffee machine though! A month ago I didn’t drink coffee and now I’m pounding down 3 cups a day because I was forced to drink it in…….


…ARGENTINA! I had the chance to visit Argentina for two weeks right after school got out and it was an absolutely incredible experience. This is a picture of me manning a potato harvester.


This is taken on top of a “sierra”. Central Argentina is flat, flat, flat, flat, BIG SIERRA PLATEAU THING, flat, flat, flat…..you get the idea, rinse and repeat.


I’m a sucker for big old churches so here’s my obligatory picture of that. It’s cool historically because of a whole history of different factions of the Catholic Church who fought over the church and there was lots involved but I don’t have room here to go into all of that. A lot of people died just FYI.


We stumbled onto these cool houses in Buenos Aires while walking through one of the neighborhoods and honestly it was one of my favorite parts of the whole city.


Here is a panoramic of a river terminal on the Parana River (I don’t know how the pano is going to translate to a computer screen so fingers crossed). Argentina exports 90% of its soybean crop as value added products (soy meal and oil of differing grades) and that is all processed and shipped from ports such as these.


And finally, in Rosario we got to stay with host families! I had the privilege of staying with my Argentine “grandma” and her son. They were so cool and we had a great time just hanging out in their city! She didn’t speak any English and her son had learned all of his from 90s grunge music so just picture how those conversations happened………

Honors Summer Snapshot: Evan

Ever wonder what Honors students do during the summer? Honors Ambassadors and students will be taking you into their 2018 summer routines via photos. Evan Boss (junior in Agricultural Engineering) is at his dream internship, complete with with go karts and card games on lunch breaks:

My internship company (Prairie Engineering) participated in the Johnston Mayor’s Bike Ride back in May.


Day trip to Illinois to visit a job site I have been working on with the design team since the beginning of my internship.


Another picture from the job site; lots of different conveyors criss-crossing through each other to transport the grain through the seed processing plant.


Company fun summer day; went go kart racing and realized everybody is just as competitive as I am.


My boss for the summer is a competitive gardener… over 100 varieties and 1000 of state fair ribbons throughout his years! He just got two bee hives this summer!

Daily lunch break game of cards and popcorn grown from the garden.

Honors Summer Snapshot: Moira

Ever wonder what Honors students do during the summer? Honors Ambassadors and students will be taking you into their 2018 summer routines via photos. Think of Moira Henderson (senior in Industrial Engineering) the next time you see Orville Redenbacher’s popcorn, Reddi-wip, or Slim Jims:

Hello honors blog! My name is Moira Henderson and I am a rising senior in Industrial Engineering with a Spanish minor. This summer, I am working as a manufacturing intern for Conagra Brands in Council Bluffs, IA. Conagra is a packaged food company that produces a lot of great products like Orville Redenbacher’s®, Swiss Miss®, Chef Boyardee®, Reddi-wip®, Slim Jim®, and my personal favorite, RO*TEL®. It’s been a month since my first day and I’ve learned a lot so far and I am excited to see what the rest of the summer brings!

The first day of our internship we got a goodie bag with Conagra products and we were given our hard hats! The whole first week was filled with learning about Conagra and their brands and getting to know the other interns.


One of the many great things about working for Conagra is that they have a company store! Conagra employees are able to shop there and buy Conagra products at a discount. Everything in this picture I got at the company store and my favorite product in this picture is the chocolate Reddi-wip!


Since I am living in Omaha for the summer, I’ve been exploring the city! This is a picture of me on the Bob Kerrey Pedestrian Bridge. The bridge connects Nebraska and Iowa so you can see the dividing line between the two states while on the bridge. It also has a great view of the city!


I also explored Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium! It was a hot day (about 100°F) but it was an awesome zoo. My favorite part was the desert dome which you can see behind me!


I also took a weekend trip to Chicago! This is a picture of me in the 360 Chicago observation deck which is in the John Hancock Building. While we were in Chicago, we also visited the Adler Planetarium, the Shedd Aquarium, the Field Museum, and Millennium Park.


I also got to go to the Taylor Swift concert while in Chicago! I’ve been a huge fan of hers since I was 10 so it was so much fun to see her perform live!


I’ve really enjoyed working for Conagra so far! I’ve been having a great summer so far but I’m excited to move back to Ames in August!

Honors Summer Snapshots: Ivan

Ever wonder what Honors students do during the summer? Honors Ambassadors and students will be taking you into their 2018 summer routines via photos. Ivan Rasmussen (sophomore in pre-Graphic Design) is working, obviously playing tennis, and being the best grandson of all time:

Most of my summer has been spent being a Graphic Design Intern for Hy-Capacity, a tractor parts company located in Humboldt, IA.


My main role is taking photos of the parts that they need taken and cleaning them up using Photoshop. Sometimes I do get to make fun little graphics like the one for National Turtle Day or designing The Stall Street Journal that gets put in the bathroom stalls and around the plant once a month.


Hy-Capacity is fun company to work for even when they prank you by changing your wallpaper to a photo of your head on Ivan Drago! During breaks, it’s always fun to just take some time and play some ping pong.


Every week my sister and I visit my grandparents in Eagle Grove, IA. We have dinner with them and just enjoy their company. This was a photo after a day’s work helping my Grandpa on their farm.


Whenever I get home from work I always have my dog Kodiac and Ms. Kitty to chill with.


One of my proudest achievements this summer has been the movie room that I made at our farm! All you need are a projector, screen, and some movies. Oh and I kinda like the LEDs in there too though!


Whenever I’m not working, at the farm, or at my grandparents you’ll find me at the tennis courts. I love playing tennis, even if my main opponent is the wall, any time I can fit it into my summer schedule.


So far my summer has been really busy but also fun! I love working with the marketing team at Hy-Capacity and can’t wait to keep helping them as a Graphic Design Intern this summer!

Honors Summer Snapshots: Allye

Ever wonder what Honors students do during the summer? Honors Ambassadors and students will be taking you into their 2018 summer routines via photos. Allye Bodholdt (senior in Management, Spanish, and Event Management) has found YET ANOTHER Cyclone trophy to tote around the state:

I don’t know about yours, but my first month of summer flew by! Filled with everything from traveling around the state of Iowa with the Cyclone Tailgate Tour, to pet-sitting four dogs and a cat in one weekend, my summer break has been a busy one. Below is a snapshot of what I’ve been up to so far…

Once again this year, I am interning with the Iowa State Athletics department. We kicked things off this summer with the Cyclone Tailgate Tour, traveling around the state of Iowa with some of the Cyclone head coaches and the historic Liberty Bowl Trophy (pictured above!)


While traveling around Iowa, we made several stops at local ice cream shops! I’ve yet to find a chocolate or mint chip ice cream I didn’t like!


The beginning of summer means the end of the NBA playoffs, and I’m a huge Warriors fan. While it wasn’t always easy to watch, I enjoyed seeing Steph Curry and company win another championship last week.


In addition to watching sports, I love watching movies and Netflix in the summer, but I’ve recently been spending my evenings reading Harry Potter. I’ve seen the movies several times but have never read the books- they’re so much better! I definitely recommend them if you haven’t read the series!


Last but not least, my summer has been filled with dogs! An Australian Shepard moved into my apartment at the beginning of summer.


In the middle of May, my family and I celebrated our Yellow Lab’s 14th birthday! I love taking her for late night strolls when I’m back home.


And finally, I spent this past weekend watching 4 dogs and a cat, for two different families, including my furry friends pictured above. It was a crazy weekend but everyone survived!

That’s a quick summary of my summer so far. I hope yours is off to a great start as well!

Honors Summer Snapshots: Evan

Ever wonder what Honors students do during the summer? Honors Ambassadors and students will be taking you into their 2018 summer routines via photos. Evan Schwarz is working with puppies and kittens all day long:

After I finished finals, I didn’t go back home to Lake in the Hills, Illinois. Instead, I tried to finished getting my skydiving license by completing 7 skydives. Unfortunately I was only able to get three skydives in the 3 days I went to the drop zone.


After skydiving and moving everything out of my apartment, I drove about 6 hours back home to Lake in the Hills, Illinois. The first thing I did when I got home at 1 A.M. was loudly walk into my house so my dog woke up and we played for the next hour and a half.


I arrived home at 1 A.M. on a Sunday night (really Monday morning). After playing with my dog, I crawled into bed and it felt like I closed my eyes for a second until my alarm was going off at 6 A.M. I may have started working once my summer started, but I work with puppies and kittens every day, including the one I am holding in this photo.


In this photo I found a costume at my work that had been hidden away for a couple of years. As a joke, I decided to put the costume on and walk around the clinic. My co-workers thought it was funny but every dog in the building would not come toward me.


Most of my friends from back home were back at the same time if not a week apart, so once everyone was home we started our summer adventures. In this photo we went to a broken bridge that we successfully made it across without falling in.


Since I didn’t get my skydiving license after my finals, I decided to try again and drove 6 hours back to Ames and then another hour to the Winterset airport. The reason I decided to go back to the same drop zone was because it was supposed to be easier but Iowa weather is an interesting thing. For the three days I was in Iowa there were high winds and I wasn’t able to jump, so I decided to put this photo of me earlier in the year so I look cooler than just a photo of me sitting on the ground.


Both of these photos are from my recent adventure to Spring Awakening with my friends. The first is of Porter Robinson’s DJ Set which is the reason we bought the tickets two days before the festival. The second photo is of me and my friends in Chicago in front of the Sears Tower (not the Wilson Tower or whatever they renamed it).