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Cassidy Oberbroeckling

It didn't take Cassidy Oberbroeckling long to realize that event management was the right path for her. As a senior at Iowa State University, Cassidy is preparing for graduation and life beyond school — she plans on utilizing all she's learned from her classes and internships and applying them to her dream career. 

Annelise Klenk

Annelise Klenk, a senior studying kinesiology and health, was inspired to pursue a profession helping people after experiencing the loss of two friends. She has remained involved through participating in a research study, campus organizations, and volunteer work.

Reegan Den Adel

A junior studying event management with a passion for human connection, Reegan Den Adel has aspirations to plan incentive trips and events for large companies.

Maelyn Thome

Maelyn Thome, a sophomore in food science, has a passion for food — specifically ice cream. She looks forward to using experiences she has gained through classes and club involvement to benefit her in the future.

Laura Emery

Laura Emery strives to help others and witness the direct impact her career path will have on their lives. Upon discovering the financial counseling and planning major she quickly found it to be the perfect major for her to do just that. 

Bailey Junge

Bailey Junge's interest in the human anatomy led her to pursue kinesiology and health at Iowa State University. Throughout her college career, she has acquired multiple hands-on medical experiences to help prepare her for graduate school and beyond. 

Yi Shuen Lim

Yi Shuen Lim wanted to combine her interest in food and desire to help people. After discovering the Iowa State dietetics program, she left her home country of Malaysia to pursue her dream of becoming a community dietitian.

Jordan Jack

Since a young age, Jordan Jack has been determined to pursue a career within the realm of sports. Now a junior at Iowa State, he is gaining a variety of experience to help advance him into his future career and ultimately fulfill his dreams.

Mackenzie Abrams

Mackenzie Abrams is utilizing her past struggles with academics to help students like her in her future classroom. Her studies in early childhood education and child, adult, and family services are giving her the tools to make a difference in children's lives.

Musa Abd’Alim

Musa Abd'Alim, a sophomore in elementary education, looks forward to instilling the values of kindness and family in his future classroom.

Danielle Childers

Danielle Childers grew up surrounded by food. She decided to study culinary food science at Iowa State, in hopes of eventually working in food research and development.

McKenna Meier

McKenna Meier expands personal horizons as she pursues becoming a pediatric physical therapist outside of her home-state of Montana. No matter where she ends up, she plans to help make a difference in people's lives. 

Abby Batson

Abby Batson came to Iowa State University searching for the perfect career for her. After exploring the College of Human Sciences, she discovered that she fit perfectly in the event planning industry.

Allison McDonald

When Allison McDonald thought about what her dream job would entail, she realized that teaching children was exactly the career she was looking for. Now at Iowa State, she's majoring in elementary education to make her dream a reality.

Paige VandeWiele

Paige VandeWiele has always had a creative outlook on things. Majoring in event management, she hopes to apply her artistic mindset to her event management work. 

Josh Riesenberg

Josh Riesenberg has always enjoyed staying active, as well as creating positive change in people's lives. To combine these two interests, kinesiology and health was the perfect fit for him. Now, Josh is working at holding his dream job of working in sport biomechanics to help athletes prevent sports-related injuries. 

Kristen Twinam

Kristen Twinam has been devoted to the health field since her very first middle school health class. Her goal now is to be able to help better people's lives through work as a clinical dietitian.

Hannah-Iverson Jones

Hannah Iverson-Jones desires to someday live on the West Coast while working in the fashion industry. Her experience in student organizations and job experience have helped prepare her for her future career. 

Hannah Buscher

Hannah Buscher has been inspired throughout her life to go into the medical field, and at Iowa State, she's preparing to do just that. Hannah is studying kinesiology and health in hopes of changing people's lives for the better.

Ser Paw

Ser Paw has a passion for college campuses and helping underrepresented students grow more comfortable during their college experience. After graduating in May, she plans on pursuing her graduate degree in student affairs. She hopes to someday work as an adviser or program coordinator on a college campus. 

Shiloh Schlauderaff

Shiloh Schlauderaff's natural talent for planning made her a natural candidate for Iowa State's event management program. After gaining internship and research experience, Shiloh is ready to move forward and lead within the event industry.

Taylor Sicard

Taylor Sicard discovered her passion for helping others learn from a young age when she frequently found herself helping her fellow classmates. Now, a senior at Iowa State, Taylor is preparing to one day have her own classroom. 

Anna Davis

Anna Davis always had a feeling that she'd end up going into the health field. Here at Iowa State, she's following her dream and aiming to become a pediatric occupational therapist.

Jaimie Stites

Jaimie Stites, a double-major with a knack for creativity, has a passion for making new students feel comfortable and informed before coming to college.  

Josie Rodriguez

Josie Rodriguez always knew that she wanted to work with the youth population in the future. Through her steady involvement in the Iowa State campus chapter of Iowa Network Against Human Trafficking, Josie has discovered her passion for outreach education and advocacy. 

Lucas Jurasek

Lucas Jurasek has always held a passion for deepening human connection. Combining this passion with his desire to help others medically led him to discover his dream career of becoming a physician. 

Jared Bravard

Jared Bravard came across a financial literacy class in high school and has loved the field ever since. Following his passion for helping people with their financial situations and his love for writing, he is double majoring in financial counseling and planning, and journalism at Iowa State University.

Jaret Miller

Teaching wasn't always what Jaret Miller thought he wanted to do, but once he experienced what it was like to work in a middle school classroom, he instantly knew that it was his calling. At Iowa State, he's majoring in elementary education in hopes of having a positive impact on his future students.

Diego Bonilla

Diego Bonilla discovered event management through his involvement with the Student Union Board freshman year. Now a senior, Diego is a campus leader in his organizations, preparing for a fulfilling career as a professional in events.

Ashtyn Perrin

Ashtyn Perrin discovered her passion for optometry through conducting research with the ophthalmology department in Iowa State's College of Veterinary Medicine. Although she plans on working with humans in the future, the opportunity provided her with bountiful amounts of experience and a newfound passion. 

Danielle Garth

Danielle Garth's experience as a first-generation college student led her to pursue a career in student affairs. Here at Iowa State, she already has her foot in the door, working for Student Accessibility Services.

Bryce Friederich

Bryce Friederich first discovered his passion for hospitality management and customer service during his time as a conference manager for Conference Services at Iowa State University. Now as a senior, Bryce is excited to continue networking and exploring the industry. 

Emma Christopher

Emma Christopher became interested in the physical therapy career path in middle school while preparing for a school presentation. Since then, she's always known she would end up where she is now: studying to become a physical therapist at Iowa State University.

Morgan Brinning

Morgan Brinning grew up as an Iowa State University fan, as both of her parents are alumni. But she quickly developed her own connection to the university after touring the kinesiology department on campus, and discovered her home away from home. 

Jace Leininger

After recovering from multiple sports injuries as a high school athlete, Jace Leininger knew that he was interested in pursuing a medical career to help others. Because of the role models he had growing up, he now wants to become a role model for children himself, as a pediatrician.

Griffin Meyer

Griffin Meyer was undecided about his future career path prior to his freshman year at Iowa State University. With the help of his mother's advice and Find Your Future in Food and Nutrition through Science Day 2018, he landed on the perfect major for him: culinary food science.

Anna Tystahl

Anna Tystahl's heart has always been set on attending Iowa State University. Carrying her grandfather's Cyclone passion with her, she strives to aid others in her future career as a physician assistant. 

Sara Mejia

Sara Mejia came to Iowa State to pursue her dream of learning apparel, merchandising, and design. Along the way, she learned about herself and found her dedication to helping others.

Victoria Tappa

Victoria Tappa was determined to find a college that would allow her to stay true to herself, while continuously growing and learning. A junior now at Iowa State University, Victoria implements the University's Principles of Community into her daily life, choosing her own adventure every step of the way.

Bingyue Wei

Bingyue Wei is working to combine her passions of sustainability and teaching together to one day mentor her own students on creative, wearable garments. While working on her research, she also teaches multiple classes at Iowa State University, further preparing her for her dream job. 

Nikki Latimer

Nikki Latimer's natural leadership skills have allowed her to flourish within both on and off campus organizations. Ecstatic to expand upon her knowledge on pre-occupational therapy, Nikki looks towards the future by applying to graduate programs.

Linda Tong

Linda Tong started her business, Linda Tong Planners, after her first year of college. She then grew her business with the help of the CYstarters program, and is now selling her planners internationally.

Michelle Burton

Passionate about sustainability and teaching, Michelle Burton pursues her goal of lifelong learning by earning her advanced degree and implementing environmentally friendly practices in her life and career.

Diana Fonseca Garcia

Diana Fonseca Garcia knows what it's like learning English while going to school as a young student. After graduating, she hopes to become a teacher and principal, and use technology to implement a dual language program in all of her hometown's elementary schools.

Dillon Burns

Dillon Burns is a highly nontraditional student who decided to further his education at Iowa State University. Now, Dillon operates his own business, Anchor Fitness & Nutrition.

Monica Lara

Monica Lara wants to drive discussion to promote self-growth and awareness of inequality issues as a future upper elementary or middle school teacher.

Malvika Rajagopal

Malvika Rajagopal came to Iowa State University with two degrees in human resources, hoping to apply that knowledge to a degree in fashion. Now, she's a second year master's student in apparel, merchandising, and design, aiming to start her own business.

Lucy Burzynski

Lucy Burzynski's overall passion for social justice and eliminating systemic barriers shines through as she works towards her career aspirations of working with a non-profit providing exercise, sport, and health resources for diverse and oppressed communities.

Elea Kaptain

Elea Kaptain has worldly experience teaching in the field she thoroughly enjoys: languages. Later this fall, she hopes to continue her passion by becoming a language teacher in the Netherlands. 

Sophia Luu

Sophia Luu has made the most of her college career with undergraduate research, study abroad, and more. Her love for textiles and cultural dress leads her to pursue apparel education and research.

Holly Appleton

Holly Appleton was studying abroad in Ireland when she first envisioned herself working in biomanufactoring. Back at Iowa State University, Holly works to gain an abundance of experience and memories before graduation.

Lily Harvison

Growing up with family ties to the medical field, Lily Harvison has always envisioned herself following suit. Now living out those aspirations, she is working toward becoming a physician assistant and helping others on a day to day basis. 

Lora Duncan

Lora Duncan is on track to graduate from Iowa State University for the second time; she is earning her bachelor of science degree in nursing (BSN) to better serve her community as a hospice nurse.

Tilak Patel

Tilak Patel gains a deeper look into bio-mechanics through undergraduate research; serves as president of Weight Club.

Jacob Wallace

By combining their love for travel, entertainment, and working with others, Jacob Wallace plans on using their hospitality management major and minors in event management and entrepreneurial studies to propel them into the career world, and land them a job they love. 

Allison Buckert

Growing up, Allison Buckert always enjoyed visiting her older sister on Iowa State University's campus. Now, a junior at Iowa State, Allison is living her own adventure while pursuing her dream career of becoming a physician assistant. 

Claudia Carrillo

Claudia Carrillo challenged herself by moving to a different country and pursuing undergraduate research. She uses her "minute of courage" to go after what she wants.

Cortney Elkin

Cortney Elkin investigates the intricacies of the human body through studying kinesiology and dancing.

Hannah Mauser

Hannah Mauser was unique in her interest in fashion coming from a small high school. Her time at Iowa State University has now helped her grow in the industry, and prepare her for her future.

Kimberly Chew

Kimberly came to Iowa State to grow her knowledge of dietetics. She's helped better campus along the way to her future career.

Olivia Osborn

Olivia Osborn follows in the footsteps of her mother and studies to become a clinical social worker for dependent adults.

Rachel Wilkens

When Rachel came to Iowa State University, she found an interest in the dietetics field. She hopes to continue to help people through her major, eventually working as a registered dietitian in underserved areas.

Jonathan Mennecke

Jonathan Mennecke participates in undergraduate research to continue building his knowledge of cardiovascular systems.

Megan Romans

Wanting to become a support system for others, Megan Romans' research focuses on bringing attention to a plethora of social issues while starting a conversation about important topics. 

Jarrel Johnson

Jarrel Johnson has meticulously planned out his career in phases. His current phase, research and teaching, includes expanding his knowledge on identities and how higher education institutions play a role in supporting them.

Amy Eckstrom

Amy Eckstrom loves helping people of all ages. At Iowa State, she's narrowed down her interest to helping children from middle childhood to adolescence cope with mental illnesses.

Annie Fitzpatrick

Annie Fitzpatrick travels to fashion capitals around the globe to learn more about merchandising within retail companies and applies her knowledge as a director for The Fashion Show.

Taeghan Sharpe

Taeghan Sharpe gains experience through volunteer work at a physical therapy office, while also upholding leadership positions in her activities.

Clare Andresen

Clare Andresen came to Iowa State University undecided, and after exploring her options she found her passion for financial counseling. Determined to help others overcome financial obstacles, she is excited to advance into her professional career. 

Sierra Weldon

Sierra Weldon has always held a love for exercise and eating healthy, which led to her interest in the nutrition field. Using her college experiences and passion for nutrition, she aims to become a dietitian after graduation.

Jacie Legois

Jacie Legois started her culinary journey photographing food for her Instagram page, which inspired her to study culinary food science.

Mikayla Weron

Mikayla Weron aims to become a physician assistant in the future. She's becoming involved in all she can at Iowa State to best prepare for graduate school and her future.

Isaac Ramos

As a first-generation student, Isaac Ramos is driven by his parents' inspiring words to pursue a career in pharmacy with an emphasis on cancer treatment research.

Payton Thomas

Payton Thomas has always known that she wants to become a teacher. As she gains teaching experience at Iowa State, she knows she is exactly where she is supposed to be. Payton is ready to establish her own teaching philosophy after graduation. 

Rotem (Ro) Arieli

Ro Arieli works to improve the lives of older adults through her graduate research on successful aging.

Rachel Sodawasser

Growing up, Rachel Sodawasser was interested in how nutrition plays a major role in our health and wellness. Now studying nutritional science, Rachel is gaining knowledge and applying it to real-world medical experiences. 

Avery Maresca

Avery Maresca gains teaching skills through her courses so she can become a role model for future K-1 students.

Amy Yager

Amy Yager uses personal experience with trauma as motivation to better the lives of children through future career as a children's mental health therapist.

Emily DeDoncker

Emily DeDoncker plans to work for an outdoor retail and lifestyle brand after college. She's using her experience from her double major and involvement in the National Retail Federation Student Association (NFRSA) to set herself apart and reach her goals.

Cory Bock

Cory Bock has always held a deep passion for music. During his time at Iowa State, he discovered the event management major, which led him to pursue a career as an artist manager. 

Alaina Bohnert

Alaina Bohnert wants to use her nursing education as an intensive care or trauma nurse, with a focus on preventative medicine.

Isaiah Sents

Isaiah Sents' dream is to become a professor and a costume designer, in hopes of contributing to the body of knowledge on fashion communication.

Emily Nyren

An impactful internship led Emily Nyren to pursue event management studies at Iowa State University. Now she's gaining the skills she needs to fulfill her dream of being a wedding planner.

Abigail Almanza

Abigail Almanza has always had a knack for math. Inspired to help others, Abigail looks forward to aiding in her future student's success and growth within mathematics. 

Amy Schraeder

Amy Schraeder discovered her knack for sewing and numbers at a young age. Now a sophomore at Iowa State University, Amy is excited to bring awareness to the sustainable clothing industry after graduation.

Brittany Bullock

Studying nutritional science at Iowa State opened Brittany Bullock's eyes to a new lens on health that she can apply to her future career as a pharmacist.

Maggie Davis

Since high school, Maggie Davis has asked herself how she can become the best version of herself through nutrition and activity. Now majoring in diet and exercise at Iowa State University, she's learning to answer that question for herself and for others.

Claire Turner

Claire Turner fed her passion of helping others by coordinating philanthropic events during her internship.

Faith Anton

Faith Anton has been interested in diet, exercise, and health from a young age, often doing her own research. Now a junior at Iowa State, Faith is excited to utilize the information she's gathered and apply it to her dream career as a physician assistant. 

Maria Alcívar Zúñiga

Maria Alcívar Zúñiga knows what it's like to live undocumented in the U.S., so she is utilizing her education and research to positively impact immigrant families.

Alayna Meeks

Alayna Meeks flourishes in child, adult, and family services through her job, volunteer work, and internship.

Leidys Gutierrez-Martinez

Leidys Gutierrez-Martinez became a practicing physician in Colombia before coming to Iowa State University to research cardiovascular health under associate professor of kinesiology, Duck-Chul Lee.

Mark Bollom

Mark Bollom has always wanted to know why things are happening the way they are. At Iowa State, he's able to work toward answering those questions, while participating in impactful research on bigels and probiotics.

Andrea Figg

After transferring to Iowa State her sophomore year, Andrea Figg was able to study family and consumer sciences education and studies while obtaining a coaching endorsement. This will allow  her to become a family and consumer sciences teacher and an athletics coach.

Fabiha Mahmud

During high school, Fabiha volunteered at her local elementary school. This helped her recognize that she belonged in early childhood education.

Brooke Harbaugh

Brooke Harbaugh grew up playing school as a child. Now a junior at Iowa State, Brooke can't wait to become a role model for her future students. 

Tanner Bos

Tanner Bos is channeling his love for football into his future career. Read how this athletic training student snagged a prestigious internship with the Denver Broncos.

Dariana Glasco-Boyd

Dariana Glasco-Boyd became interested in student affairs after earning her bachelor's degree in psychology and sociology. She decided she wanted to become a faculty member in a student affairs program to help Hispanic students while speaking their primary language.

Jacey Ellis

Jacey made the decision to transfer to Iowa State University the second semester of her freshman year. She has found her home at Iowa State, studying elementary education and making a positive influence.

Jenny Phan

Through an encouraging adviser, personal ties, and a bold leap, Jenny Phan became an emerging researcher with a prestigious fellowship at Iowa State University.

Natali Jouzi

Through her travels, Natali Jouzi has seen how she can help the people around her through her future healthcare management career.

Alyson Rogers

Alyson Rogers' academic drive has allowed her to grow as an individual and prepared her for her dream of becoming a child life specialist. 

Shelby Zahradnek

Shelby Zahradnek built her foundations as a leader through Family, Career and Community Leaders of America. She's now preparing herself to be an advocate for her future family and consumer sciences and art students.

Cole Kramer

Cole Kramer's efficiency, organization, and time management skills are propelling him toward his dream career: president of Walt Disney World Resort.

Alyssa Hanson

Alyssa Hanson has always appreciated art. After coming to Iowa State to pursue her graduate degree, she discovered a deep interest in art education.

Teri Jo Lane

Switching majors can be a difficult transition, but Teri Jo is thriving in elementary education, with a plan for the future that involves middle school math and coaching.

Sydney Hogle

Sydney Hogle has always enjoyed the idea of becoming a wedding planner. Now, completing her last year at Iowa State, Sydney is confident moving forward and ecstatic for what her future holds. 

Natasha Peterson

Natasha Peterson finds solace in gerontology studies as a graduate student after the death of her grandmother.

Jaymie Wasem

Jaymie Wasem's ultimate goal is to be the best teacher she can be. She developed the confidence and leadership skills of a great educator through her involvement with Family, Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA).

Sarah Jenkins

Sarah Jenkins was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes during her junior year of high school. A visit to a dietitian who was also diabetic changed the course of Sarah's future.

Grace Carey

Grace Carey has a distinguishable curiosity for science, which propels her forward in her pediatric dietetics career planning.

Megan Meyn

Megan Meyn has always been interested in being a teacher. Now, she's studying elementary education to create a positive, enjoyable learning environment in her future math classroom.

Jessica Hansen

Jessica Hansen's experience as a Heddleson Intern with ISU Extension and Outreach helped her to gain valuable experience that she hopes to apply in the real world.

Brynn Hansen

Brynn Hansen has wanted to be an elementary school teacher since kindergarten. Here at Iowa State, Brynn is now working to make her dream come true.

Elena Sieverding

Elena Sieverding has always loved Iowa State. Now, graduating come Spring 2020, Elena is excited to apply the skills she has learned through her classes to her future career and within her photography.

Emily Carley

Emily Carley has always wanted to be a physical therapist; now, she's studying kinesiology and psychology at Iowa State to make her dream a reality. 

Marcus England

Marcus England has always loved the sports world; through wrestling in high school he found the career path he wanted to follow. Now a senior at Iowa State, Marcus is excited to see how he can aid athletes in his future career.

Jenna Baumler

Working in a preschool classroom in high school inspired Jenna to study early childhood education. Read about how Jenna's experiences in clubs and in the classroom have contributed to her growth as a student.

Sara Siebrecht

Sara Siebrecht uses her food allergen as her incentive to develop allergen-free recipes for consumers to enjoy, while spreading awareness of food allergens to producers and consumers.

Lexi Stumpf

Lexi Stumpf has known from a young age that pursuing a career in the fashion industry was the path she would take. Now, a junior at Iowa State University, Lexi is confident in and excited for what the future has in store. 

Emma Petri

Emma Petri traveled across the country before she found her true passion of event management. Read about how travels through the National Student Exchange led Emma to her current major at Iowa State.

Kayla Schaufenbuel

Kayla Schaufenbuel has always enjoyed working with kids and watching them develop. After college, she plans to encompass her interests of teaching and engaging in sports as a middle school math teacher and a high school volleyball coach.

Miranda Keith

Miranda Keith has a plethora of passions she is pursuing. Transferring to Iowa State to follow one passion unexpectedly led Miranda to child, adult, and family services and another passion for working with at-risk youth.

Julia Hansen

Julia Hansen has undergone physical therapy as a patient, and now looks to pursue it as a career. Read more about how the kinesiology and health program has helped Julia to obtain research opportunities to extend her knowledge on the human body.

Anna Wellman

Anna Wellman has completed practicum experiences in an elementary classroom to work toward her dream of being a teacher.

Ellen Hungerford

Ellen Hungerford has always wanted to work with people. After talking with a friend that had changed their major to event management, her inspiration was sparked. Now, Ellen is interested in a variety of fields within her major, and continues to gain inspiration from her internship, study abroad experience, and classes.

Katie Westlake

Katie Westlake plans to become an elementary teacher after college. Before and during her time at Iowa State University, she has collected multiple leadership experiences that are paving the way toward her future career.

Gabrielle Woods

Gabrielle Woods has been impacted by Alzheimer's disease in her personal life, and that pushed her even closer to studying gerontology. Read about how the gerontology master's program has led Gabrielle to a future career of helping others through hardships.

Lillie DeVries

Lillie DeVries has interned with Sherri Hill and Under Armour while working toward becoming a couture designer in New York.

Alyssa Rosenbaum

Alyssa Rosenbaum educated families on the importance of local, healthy eating as a Rising Star Intern for Iowa State University Extension and Outreach. Read about how adding a second major in culinary food science helped Alyssa pursue her passions.

Amanda Bries

Amanda Bries has been with Iowa State since the beginning of her undergraduate degree in dietetics — now, she's nearing earning her doctorate in nutritional sciences. Read about how Amanda has taken advantage of numerous research opportunities to reach her goal of becoming a scientist.

Emily Leerhoff

Emily Leerhoff is a family and consumer sciences education and studies major who is passionate about teaching. As a Rising Star Intern for Iowa State University Extension and Outreach this summer, Emily got to impact communities in ways she'd never thought of before.

Claire Groth

Claire Groth's experience as a Rising Star Intern with ISU Extension and Outreach helped her develop skills in food, nutrition, and community outreach that will support her far beyond graduation.

Maria Perez

Maria Perez went from majoring in theater arts as an undergraduate to pursing a PhD in kinesiology with a focus in exercise psychology. She's now passionate about informing others about the mental health benefits of being active.

Dyese Matthews

Dyese Matthews has been fascinated by fashion since she was a young girl watching her mother get dressed. Now a master's of science student, she focuses on researching the influence of Black fashion and American history with the end goal of being a professor and entrepreneur.

Kelsey Best

Kelsey Best plans on working in the golf industry and planning major tournaments. When she isn't focused on schoolwork, Kelsey is involved in her sorority and communication studies club. 

Lydia Granahan

Lydia Granahan changed her major to event management to work with a balanced mix of creativity and numbers. As an intern for the Academy of Country Music Awards, Lydia is actively preparing herself for her dream career in the music industry.

Kathy Franco Torres

Moving from Puerto Rice to come to college at Iowa State University, Kathy Franco Torres has had to do a lot of adjusting – but her new home has brought her closer to realizing her goal of becoming a neurosurgeon.