A Busy Monday in My Life

This year, Monday is my busiest day of the week. I try to look at it in a positive way by saying I get the hardest day of the week out of the way right away.

Monday, November 4th was a good mix of being productive and unproductive.

So here’s a look at a busy day in my life:

6:15 a.m.

I’m the type of person who sets 20 alarms to go off every five minutes, so this is when my first alarm goes off on Monday mornings. Do I actually get up at this time? It depends on when I went to bed.

6:45 a.m.

I finally get out of bed. The first thing I do is make my bed. This is a very important habit for me; otherwise, I will spend the rest of the day thinking about how I didn’t make my bed.

7:15 a.m.

After getting ready for day, I walk to the Main Library on campus to catch the Red Route bus to the West Campus Transportation Center (WCTC), which is right next to Kinnick Stadium. Sometimes I miss the bus if I hit snooze too many times and then I have to walk 30 minutes. Those days are rough.

7:45 a.m.

I arrive to Hansen Football Performance Center for the first Iowa football practice of the week. Unfortunately, it’s cold and windy now, so my fingers and toes were a little frozen after filming practice.

10:30 a.m.

Now we’ve reached the point in the day where I start to get really, really overwhelmed. I quickly grab a box of food after practice and rush to the WCTC to catch a bus back to the east side for my first class of the day.

11:00 a.m.

My first class is Graphic Design in the Adler Journalism Building. I try to quietly eat my food while the professor explains what we’ll be doing in class. We’re getting ready to start our second big project, which is to create two book covers.

12:15 p.m.

I leave class in a rush to make sure I can catch a Red Route or Hawkeye Interdorm bus to go back to the west side for my next class, which is at Carver-Hawkeye Arena.

12:30 p.m.

My second class is Hawkeye Athletics Social Media. We’re working with the Iowa Athletics Marketing Department to make recommendations for all of the sport social media accounts.

3:00 p.m.

My class ends and I wait outside of Carver to catch a Pentacrest bus to go back to the east side for my next class.

3:30 p.m.

My third class is Media Ethics & Diversity in the English-Philosophy Building. Fun fact: I’ve had class on the 4th floor in this building multiple times and I just found the elevator last week. We have a test this week, so I should probably look over my notes.

5:00 p.m.

My last class of the day is Social Media Marketing back in the Adler Journalism Building. We’ve been working with real, local clients to make improvements to their social marketing strategy.

6:15 p.m.

I go up to the 3rd floor of Adler to grab a couple slices of pizza from the Student Center. Usually I would stick around for a few hours and work on schoolwork (I have a test and three projects due this week), but the men’s basketball team’s has its exhibition game tonight and I can’t say no to that.

7:00 p.m.

Tipoff against Lindsey Wilson College at Carver-Hawkeye Arena. How in the world is college basketball back already??

9:30 p.m.

Instead of doing homework like a good student, I choose to play Jeopardy with my roommates for an hour and a half. Oops.

11:30 p.m.

I start to get ready for bed. I prepare for the next day by picking out my clothes (always a sweatshirt and sweatpants now that it’s cold), packing my backpack, and making a to-do list for the next day.

It’ll probably be a few hours before I actually go to sleep, though.


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How to Set Yourself Up for Success

We’re over a month into the new school year, but it’s never too late for some tips for success.

Some of these are things I actually did, while others are things I wish I did. Overall, these are ways you can set yourself up for success during the rest of your time at the University of Iowa.

1. Get a part-time job (if you can) 

Coming into my freshman year, I knew I was going to work for the Iowa football team as a student video assistant. I started out as a volunteer my first semester, so I went four months without making any sort of income.

Looking back now, I wish I would have taken my parents advice and gotten a part-time job during that fall semester. It’s nice to have extra money to go to the movies or out to eat, or even to pay off some of the accruing interest on your student loans. Having a job is also a good way to work on your time management. Bonus points if the job is related to your future career.

Everyone’s situation is different, though. Some people don’t need a job during college, while others just don’t have time for one.

2. Find internship opportunities

The earlier you start, the better.

Internships are great for two reasons: 1) to explore your interests and figure out what you do or don’t want to do with your life and 2) to gain valuable work experience in your chosen industry.

It’s not your classes that are going to land you a job after college, it’s your work experiences and your connections. Make your time count.

3. Get to know your professors

This is so important.

Your professors are here to help you, but not just with your classes. They have invaluable experience and they know a lot of people. There’s a lot they can do for you if you build a good relationship with them and work hard in their classes.

I’ve had professors reach out to me about various opportunities in the sport industry, help me with my resume and cover letters, and recommend me for potential jobs.

Don’t miss out on the opportunity to make a key connection.

4. Develop an organizational system

Find a way to keep track of your school work, your extracurricular activities, your job and/or internship, and your personal life. This can mean using a planner, Google Calendar, the notes app on your phone, or basically whatever works best for you.

Everyone’s different, so the same system won’t work for everyone.

Personally, I currently use a bullet journal to keep track of personal tasks like laundry, meal planning, cleaning, my job search, and so on, as well as tasks for my internship with Girls on the Run of Eastern Iowa. I use a monthly/weekly planner to keep track of when I have homework or need to study. I use Google Calendar to keep track of where I need to be at all hours of the day, or if I have any scheduled phone calls. Lastly, I use the notes app on my phone for random notes to myself while I’m on the go.

In a future post, I’ll talk more about what I do to stay organized.

5. Create daily routines

It’s also essential to have structure to your day.

We’re in college, so I know things can get crazy. You don’t always have to follow your routines, but I think it’s good to have them and to at least try to follow them.

I aim to start my morning and end my night the same way every day. Going to bed at the same time and waking up at the same time, and doing the same tasks to either get myself in the right mindset for the day (listen to a podcast, etc.) or to relax before bed (read a book, etc.).

6. Join student organizations

The best way to meet people is to get involved.

There are hundreds of clubs for you to choose from at the University of Iowa, so find the ones that interest you and join them.

It’s also a good way to explore your interests. College is about finding what you love to do.

7. Register for classes as soon as you can

Every semester, you get assigned an early registration time for the next semester’s classes. The more semester hours you have completed, the earlier the time and day you get assigned. As a senior, I’ll probably be enrolling in spring semester courses on the first day of the two-week early registration window.

While you don’t have to enroll in your courses right when it opens for you, you might end up on the waitlist for some classes if you wait too long.

No matter when you’re scheduled to register, it’s a good idea to have mock schedules created and saved using the Schedule Builder tool on MyUI. It makes the process of enrolling in your courses easy once your registration time comes.

8. Explore campus and the community

Don’t just hang out in your dorm or apartment all day.

Iowa’s campus is beautiful. Iowa City is beautiful. But they will never feel like home if you don’t give them a chance. It also feels good to know where places are.

I failed to immerse myself in the community during my freshman year, opting to hang out in my dorm room and watch Netflix instead. Living in an apartment last year and this year, and having to walk through downtown to get home, has really helped me branch out.

9. Get out of your comfort zone

Again, this is something I have continually struggled with throughout my life. I have definitely gotten better at it, but I’m nowhere near where I want to be.

I still have a lot of fears that I’m afraid to face that stop me from taking chances and living the life I want to live.

But college is the best time to try new things and show personal growth, so it’s important to take advantage of this time.

10. Remember that you’re an adult now

Act like it. Be professional. Learn how to do your taxes. Follow a budget. Start saving money (if you can).

Or whatever it is that adults do.



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Back in Black & Gold

Hey, Hawkeyes!

I’m feeling a little emotional because I started my senior year at the University of Iowa this week, but I wanted to start off on the right foot with blogging this year.  For those who haven’t been following along, I really slacked off when it came to being consistent with posting last year. My first post didn’t come until almost October.

That’s way too long.

And while this post isn’t going to be glamorous by any means, it is important. I’m going to talk about where I am in life right now, as well as where I want to be by the end of the year.

Instead of going home over the summer, I stayed in Iowa City and worked in the football video office and at a daycare. During my free time, I worked on getting my life together (does that ever actually happen?), and putting together application materials since I knew I would start applying for post-grad jobs in August. It’s a really stressful process that I’ll definitely make a post about in the near future.

Now that school has started, I’m feeling overwhelmed. I touched on what senior year is going to be like towards the end of last semester, but I might as well give a short overview again.

I’m taking six classes (18 s.h.) for the fourth semester in a row, working two jobs and one internship, and trying to figure out a job or internship for after graduation.

My goal is to try to post at least twice a month, but I’m hoping I can actually post more often than that. I have a lot I want to talk about. For example, you can expect posts about the classes I’m taking, my majors, my current job and internship, managing time, applying for jobs, study spots on campus, roommates, and more.

It’s going to be a crazy year, but I’m looking forward to it.


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Best Moments of Junior Year

It’s hard to believe my second year of college is over. It was a crazy year full of a lot of really important life lessons. Since I was technically an academic junior this year, I only have one year of college left. And I think it’s going to be a fun (and incredibly stressful) one.

But to end my “junior” year, I wanted to write about some of the best moments from the past 10 months.

Best Moments

Moving in to my apartment

I moved into my apartment at the end of July with two other roommates.

Not living in the dorms my second year of college was one of the best decisions I’ve ever made. I was glad I was able to experience the dorms for at least one year, but they just really weren’t for me.

The apartment is about a 10 to 12 minute walk from campus, but having my own personal space, a private bathroom, and a kitchen makes it worth it.

Filming football practices and games

My second year of filming Iowa football is officially over. This past season I went to my first away game (at Indiana), and I went to the Outback Bowl. It’s definitely the best college job I could have asked for, and I’m sad that next year will be my last season with the team.

Going to the Outback Bowl 

I spent an entire week in Tampa, Florida over winter break. Between going to my first NHL and NFL games to exploring downtown Tampa to Iowa beating Mississippi State, I had a lot of fun.

Storming the court after the basketball team upset Michigan

We rushed the field after the football team upset Ohio State during my first year of college. And this year we were able to storm the court after the men’s basketball team upset Michigan. The team was pretty good this year, making it to the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 2016. Thankfully, I was able to go to most of the home games. There were times we arrived two hours early to get good seats.

The women’s basketball team, on the other hand, had an amazing year. Megan Gustafson won the 2019 Citizen Naismith Trophy and Coach Bluder won the Werner Ladder Naismith Coach of the Year award, and the team made it to the Elite Eight.

Hopefully next year is just as fun.

Binge-watching all of the MCU movies (again)

My roommate introduced me to the Marvel Cinematic Universe during second semester last year when I told her I wanted to see Black Panther. I jumped on the bandwagon late, but it’s safe to say I’m not going anywhere now. We binge-watched 18 movies before going to see Avengers: Infinity War in April 2018, and then we binge-watched 21 movies before going to see Avengers: Endgame on April 25, 2019.

It was the perfect ending to 22 movies, but I’m still really sad.

Field trip to Memphis and Nashville 

Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to write a blog post about this trip like I did for the Minneapolis trip last year. This past semester got really crazy and it just completely slipped my mind.

But we met with executives from the Memphis Grizzlies, Tennessee Titans, and Nashville Sounds, toured some of their facilities, and went to a Grizzlies game. We also had the opportunity to explore downtown Nashville, and it seemed like a place I could call home one day.


Thank you for reading! That’s it for my second year of college. If you want to see more of my daily life as a Hawkeye, feel free to follow me on social media. Go Hawks!

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Countdown to Senior Year

I’ve been a student at the University of Iowa for less than two years, so it’s crazy to be typing ‘Senior Year’ in the title of a blog post.

But here we are.

I’m not sure it’s hit me that next year is my last year of college. It feels like just yesterday I was a scared freshman moving into Hillcrest for the first time. I still am scared, but for different reasons now.

Looking back, I know I made the best decision when I chose the University of Iowa. This place is my home. But that’s a sappy blog post for another day.

I’m not going to lie, the next 12 months are probably going to be the most stressful 12 months of my life. Between classes, work, internships, extracurricular activities, and applying for post-grad jobs, I’m going to be busy.

But I’m going to love every second of it. Or at least I hope I do. It’s all about making the most of every situation I’m in.


The fall semester will be my fourth semester in a row with 18 semester hours. I’ve been able to handle a full class schedule pretty well so far, so I’m not too worried about it. Overall, I’m really excited for my fall classes.

Most of my classes are topics I’m super interested in: graphic design, digital storytelling, and social media marketing. The Topics in Sport and Recreation Management class involves working on social media projects for Iowa Athletics.

However, I’m thinking about moving Social Media Marketing to the spring semester. I might be doing a couple internships in the fall, and I don’t want to stress myself out too much. Thankfully, I still have a few months to make a decision.


I’m still a student video assistant for the Iowa football team. Next fall will be my third season with the team. Practices will be Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Fridays with games on Saturdays. It’s sad to think it will be my last season filming games at Kinnick Stadium.


I have my eye on two internships for the fall with one continuing into the spring semester. Both would be really great opportunities to gain more experience in sports marketing and communications, which are careers I’m interested in.

I should hear back about both within the next week. Let’s keep our fingers crossed.

Extracurricular Activities 

This category of my life includes a couple things: blogging for the Office of Admissions and volunteering at sporting events or with organizations in Iowa City.

As I’ve started doing internships, I’ve had less time to join and participate in student organizations, but I’m still a member of the Sport and Recreation Management Club.

Applying for Post-Grad Jobs

This summer I’ll start preparing to apply for a lot of jobs.

I’m going to have an entire Excel worksheet dedicated to all of the post-grad jobs and internships I apply for. Plus I have a list of about 10 other things I need to do in preparation. My goal is to have a job figured out before second semester starts, but it’s fine if I don’t.

It would just be cool to get to relax during the spring semester and not worry about the future.


Thank you for reading! Be sure to keep an eye out for my last post of the school year. If you want to see more of my daily life as a Hawkeye, feel free to follow me on social media. Go Hawks!

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6 Places to Eat Around Campus

While food shouldn’t make or break your college decision, it doesn’t hurt to have some really great options on or around campus. Personally, I eat at the same places over and over again, but I don’t think there’s anything wrong with that.

So these are my six favorite places (in no particular order) to eat on or around the University of Iowa campus.

Short’s Burger & Shine

Short’s was my go-to when I was in Iowa City over winter break for football practices. I always get the Dickinson, which is a grilled chicken sandwich with bacon, provolone, and chipotle mayonnaise. It has a really great atmosphere and it’s right across from the Pentacrest.


My roommate’s and I always go to Estela’s on Tuesdays between 9 p.m. and 11 p.m. because they have a $1 taco deal. They also have a $6 deal on Fridays for a burrito and chips and queso. It’s right next to the Graduate, which isn’t too far from campus.

Street Hawk Food Truck

I eat at the Street Hawk Food Truck every Monday and Wednesday for lunch. As usual, I get the same thing every time I eat there: BBQ bacon cheeseburger, fried chips, a cookie, and a Sprite. It’s my favorite place to eat on campus by far.


While the queso is the main reason I go to Pancheros all the time, I always get a chicken quesadilla too. Most of the time, they have really good customer service. One time I went there and the chicken wasn’t going to be ready for 20 minutes, so they gave me three chips and queso coupons plus the food I ordered that day for free. And there’s one right across from the Pentacrest, so it’s really easy to stop there between classes.

Blaze Pizza

I haven’t gone to Blaze Pizza in a while, but I used to eat there all the time. I think I ate there at least three times during the week of Thanksgiving break. I always get a BBQ chicken pizza.


I’ve only gone to Freddy’s once since it opened downtown, but it was really good. I ordered fries, cheese curds, and a peanut butter and chocolate shake. I automatically love any place that has cheese curds on its menu.


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All About My Major: Sport and Recreation Management

I’m currently a second-year student with a double major in Sport and Recreation Management and Journalism and Mass Communication. Like many people, I grew up loving sports. I was a manager for my high school’s football and basketball teams, and I’ve always enjoyed the behind-the-scenes work in sports. To me, pursuing a career in the business side of sports was a no-brainer when applying to colleges.

Now that I’m in college, I’m on the video staff for the Iowa football team, I’m a sports videographer for DITV Sports, I’m a social media marketing intern for a start-up sports company, and I write blog posts for the Office of Admissions.

In this post, I’ll address frequently asked questions about the Sport and Recreation Management major (more on Journalism & Mass Comm. in a future post) to serve both those who want to learn my reason for studying it and those who are looking to study it themselves.

What is Sport and Recreation Management?

It’s considered one of the fastest growing and most interesting fields offered.

In short, it’s the business side of sports. With a degree in Sport and Recreation Management, you can work in sales, marketing and promotions, communications, event management, operations, administration, public relations, journalism, social media, and the list goes on. The difference is that you’re doing that work in sports.

But you need more than just a degree in the major itself to land a job in the sport industry. You also need experience, whether through an internship or something else. It’s a combination of what you know (through classes and experiences) and who you know (the people you network with over the years).

Thankfully, the faculty within the Sport and Recreation Management major do everything they can to help get you the experience you need to land the job of your dreams.

Why Did I Choose Sport and Recreation Management?

As I previously said, I grew up loving sports. The summer before my junior year of high school, I shadowed the Manager of Business Analytics for the Chicago White Sox. From that point on, I knew without a doubt that I wanted to work in the sport industry. It was just a matter of figuring out exactly what I wanted to do in the industry and how to get there.

Along with sports, I’ve also always had a passion for writing. I learned about the Sport and Recreation Management and Journalism and Mass Communication majors during my Junior Day visit to the University of Iowa. And then I heard about The Daily Iowan. And then I was offered a position working with the Iowa football team.

I realized the University of Iowa was the perfect fit for me, and now I’m here.

What Do I Do in College?

First we learn how the sports business world works through classes involving sales, promotions, communications, finance, operations, and so on. And then we apply that knowledge to practicums and internships, which give us real world experience.

To give you a quick breakdown, the major requires you to complete 27 semester hours of foundation courses (Sales in Sport, Sport and Recreation Promotion, etc.), 12 semester hours of concentration courses (concentration areas include Business Studies, Event Management, etc.), and nine semester hours of guided or independent field experience.

Guided field experience can involve working with Iowa Athletics, the Iowa Wolves, the Iowa Wild, the Iowa Speedway, the Cedar Rapids Kernels, the Chicago Blackhawks, the San Diego Padres, and more. These opportunities are through the program and involve submitting an application to be accepted to a practicum.

However, you can also complete the field experience requirement independent from the program. This means it’s your responsibility to identify an opportunity and make arrangements with an organization. For example, you could intern with the Chicago Cubs over the summer and use that as field experience. But it’s important to remember you also have to meet with the Director of the Office of Field Experience to ensure your independent job or internship meets the field experience requirement before it starts.

You can learn even more about the curriculum here.

Another cool opportunity the Sport and Recreation Management major offers is the ability to network with industry professionals on field trips. Last spring, I went on a field trip to Minneapolis and had the chance to tour U.S. Bank Stadium, Mayo Clinic Square, and the National Sports Center, as well as ask questions during Q&A panels with executives from the Vikings’ and Timberwolves’ organizations.

This spring we’ll be heading to Nashville and Memphis to tour more facilities and meet with executives from the Tennessee Titans, Memphis Grizzlies, and Nashville Sounds. Keep an eye out for a post about this trip in March!

What Will I Do After College?

There are so many different directions you can take your career with a degree in Sport and Recreation Management. Personally, I’ve found a passion for digital communications, which can involve storytelling, content creation, and social media.

I still have a year and a half left of college, but I already have my eye on a few post-grad jobs and internships with intercollegiate athletic departments, major and minor league sport teams, the NCAA, and the NFL.

For now, I’ll continue to grow my network and gain valuable experience in the industry.


Thank you for reading! Be sure to keep an eye out for my next post. If you want to see more of my daily life as a Hawkeye, feel free to follow me on social media. Go Hawks!

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Football in Paradise

If you would have told me six months prior to the start of my first year at the University of Iowa that I’d be on the video staff for the Iowa football team and that I’d spend a week of winter break in Tampa, I would have called you crazy.

I never thought I’d have the opportunity to work with and around a college football program before I even set foot on Iowa’s campus as a student. But a year and a half and two football seasons later, I feel right at home. Now I can’t imagine not working for this well-respected program.

Instead of going home after the Fall 2018 semester ended, I stayed in Iowa City to film practices as the Iowa football team prepared for its matchup against the Mississippi State Bulldogs in the Outback Bowl in Tampa, Florida.

On December 26th, we departed from the Eastern Iowa Airport and landed in the sunny Tampa Bay area. Once we settled in at Westin Tampa Waterside and picked up some groceries from Publix, we walked along the Tampa Riverwalk and searched for a place to eat dinner. We decided on Sparkman Wharf, which is an outdoor waterfront destination with food, music, and games. It was a cool place, but they had heat lamps on even though it was 66 degrees.

The next day we filmed the first practice of the week at the University of Tampa. For lunch, some of us ate at The Sail, which is right down the street from our hotel. (I had the first of three different Cuban sandwiches I would end up eating in Tampa.) During the afternoon, a few of us went to The Florida Aquarium, which was actually more fun than I thought it’d be. That night, we grabbed some food from Publix (where I got my second Cuban sandwich of the trip) and then headed over to Amalie Arena to watch the Tampa Bay Lightning face off against the Philadelphia Flyers. The Lightning won 6-5 in overtime, making my first NHL game an exciting one.

On December 28th, we started the day off by filming practice at the University of Tampa again. I spent the afternoon exploring downtown Tampa and walking along the Tampa Riverwalk. I even visited the Tampa Museum of Art, which was free with a student ID. That evening, we went to Topgolf where I confirmed my suspicions: I’m terrible at golf. But that’s ok because it was still fun to watch other people play while I talked, ate food, and drank Dr Pepper.

On December 29th, we again started the day off by filming practice. A few hours after practice ended, we went to Busch Gardens. Unfortunately, it was hot, the lines were long, and we only went on one rollercoaster. However, I still considered it a great day because I found a place that sold Dippin’ Dots.

There wasn’t practice the next day, so I was able to sleep in for a bit. Instead of going to Clearwater Beach with the team, I decided to go to Raymond James Stadium to watch the Tampa Bay Buccaneers play against the Atlanta Falcons in my first ever NFL game. I didn’t buy my ticket until 40 minutes before the game was set to start, and I didn’t get to my seat until right when the game kicked off. Both teams had already been eliminated from playoff contention, but the game was still really fun. The Falcons ended up beating the Buccaneers with a field goal as time expired.

On December 31st, we filmed one last practice at the University of Tampa and then headed over to Raymond James Stadium to take the team photo. After that, we tore down the meeting rooms at the hotel and relaxed for a few hours. Since it was New Year’s Eve, we ate at a place called Hattricks (where I got my third and final Cuban sandwich of the trip), went bowling at Splitsville, and watched the fireworks on the water right next to our hotel as the new year began.

The first day of 2019 was the day of the Outback Bowl. We arrived at Raymond James Stadium four hours early to set up our cameras and make sure everything worked properly. During the first half of the game, I watched from the field as the Hawkeyes took a 17-6 lead into halftime. During the second half, I filmed from the top of the scoreboard in the north end zone. It was stressful to film and watch Mississippi State’s final drive, but Iowa’s defense stopped the Bulldogs on 4th down, securing an Outback Bowl win for the Hawkeyes.

While the week I spent in Tampa was full of great food, new experiences, and a big win, I’m happy to be back in Iowa City. It’s nice to return to my usual routine, but I’m still really thankful to have a job in college that allows me to have experiences like this one.

Here’s to hoping I have a long and successful career in the sport industry no matter what I choose to do.


Thank you for reading! I only posted once during first semester for multiple reasons, but I’m feeling much better now. Be sure to keep an eye out for my next post. If you want to see more of my daily life as a Hawkeye, feel free to follow me on social media. Go Hawks!

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Wave On Wave

Classes have been in session for over a month and I’m finally writing my first blog post of the year. It’s about time, right?

These past couple of months have been hectic for me. I’ve been putting off writing my first post because there are so many things I could talk about and I don’t know where to start. I moved into my first apartment at the end of July, fall football camp started at the beginning of August, and classes started five weeks ago. I kinda, sorta got my life together, but not really. And I still need to find a second job so I’m not living paycheck-to-paycheck.

Despite all of the craziness that I could talk about, there was one specific moment that stood out to me more than the others. One short, four minute and 20 second moment that made me remember why I want to work in sports and why I’m proud to call the University of Iowa my school — my home.

During halftime of the Iowa vs. Northern Iowa football game, Pat Green sang “Wave On Wave” live at Kinnick Stadium. As the song started, fans pulled their phones out and turned their flashlights on and started waving at the children and their families in the Stead Family Children’s Hospital. I was at the top of the south end zone, waiting to film the second half of the game, and I just remember feeling chills all over as I watched Kinnick Stadium fill up with light during the night game.

Because there’s honestly nothing better than Kinnick Stadium under the lights.

Now, I’m not a fan of country music. At all. I actually really, really hate country music. But even I have to admit that “Wave On Wave” is a beautiful song. And I think it’s a song that means something different to everyone who listens to it.

For me, it’s a reminder of the amazing people I have in my life.

My cousins, who would probably prefer to leave as quickly as possible after football games to beat traffic, are willing to wait for me so I don’t walk at night by myself. My aunt has always been there for me, whether she’s helping me move into my apartment or driving me back home after night games. My siblings might drive me crazy most of the time, but they never fail to put a smile on my face. My stepdad loves fighting with me and saying “I told you so,” but I wouldn’t trade him for anyone else. My grandpa would rather take a nap than talk to most people, but he loves talking sports with me. My grandma cares more about other people than she does herself, and words aren’t enough to describe the love and appreciation I have for her. My mom — my best friend — believes in me even when I don’t believe in myself. I’m the person I am today because of her. I’m way too emotional and cry about ridiculous things, but I’m also open-minded and hard-working and always happy to help other people.

Even when times get tough and I’m stressed out because of classes and work, I know I can count on these people to be there for me. And I hope they know that they can count on me too.


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Best Moments of Freshman Year

I can’t believe my first year of college is almost over. Since it flew by so fast, it’s kind of a blur.

In order to remember everything that happened, I looked back at my Snapchat memories. I discovered that most of my freshman year was spent eating food (Popeye’s, Panda Express, and Buffalo Wild Wings, mainly) and attending or working at sporting events, which doesn’t really come as a surprise to me.

Best Moments

Moving in

Moving away from home and saying goodbye to my parents was sad, but it made me feel grown-ish. I was finally going to experience life on my own. It was also fun getting to know my roommate.

Filming football practices and games

I absolutely love my job. I filmed games for my high school’s football team, but I never imagined I’d have the opportunity at the college level. I was a little nervous at first, but I’m glad I didn’t back out. It’s been an incredible experience so far, and I’m happy I get to work with this team for a couple more years.

Rushing the field after the football team upset Ohio State

I don’t remember for sure, but this might have been the first game I filmed. Fortunately, I only filmed the second quarter, so I got to be on the field for the amazing second half. Rushing the field is something I really wanted to do, so I’m glad I was able to during my first year.

Volunteering at athletic events

For my Sport and Recreation Management major, we have to complete nine semester hours of field experience. During second semester, I participated in the Fans First practicum, which involves customer service at athletic events. I volunteered at men’s and women’s basketball games, wrestling meets, track and field meets, and baseball games.

Binge-watching all of the MCU movies

My roommate introduced me to the Marvel Cinematic Universe during second semester when I told her I wanted to see Black Panther. It’s safe to say I became obsessed. We went to see Black Panther on February 20th, and then we went to see Infinity War on April 26th (opening night). I’m still in shock from the ending of Infinity War.

Field trip to Minneapolis 

The Sport and Recreation Management major provides its students with an insane amount of opportunities, including traveling to different cities to network with industry professionals. During the month of February, I went on a field trip to Minneapolis, Minnesota and had the chance to tour U.S. Bank Stadium, Mayo Clinic Square, and the National Sports Center, as well as ask questions during Q&A panels with executives from the Vikings’ and Timberwolves’ organizations.

Spring break trip to Columbus

The University of Iowa offers an alternative spring break program where students can travel to different U.S. cities during spring break to volunteer with a team. During spring break, I went to Columbus, Ohio to volunteer with organizations centered around juvenile justice.


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