• Musa Abd’Alim

    Major: Elementary education
    Hometown: Ames, Iowa
    “I feel like knowing how to treat people is more important than knowing how to balance a checkbook.”

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  • Ser Paw

    Major: Child, adult, and family services and international studies
    Hometown: Des Moines, Iowa (Polk county) and Thailand
    “Being involved with Multicultural Student Affairs programs has helped me a lot and I have met people who inspire me to pursue higher education.”

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  • Sara Mejia

    Major: Apparel, merchandising, and design
    Hometown: Ottumwa, Iowa
    “I never thought I was someone important. My biggest challenge was facing myself.”

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  • Claudia Carrillo

    Major: Nutritional science and dietetics
    Hometown: Caguas, Puerto Rico
    “My classes have the same professors, and they get to know you on a personal level. When you need a recommendation letter, they actually know you and know how to help you get into the program that you want.”

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  • Kimberly Chew

    Major: Dietetics
    Hometown: Penang, Malaysia
    “Just be passionate about your major and be ready to step up your confidence, because there are a lot of opportunities out there that you could never imagine.”

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  • Linda Tong

    Major: Event management
    Hometown: West Des Moines, Iowa
    “I liked that I was able to work on my business for the class. That way it kind of forced me to really think about the aspects of my business.”

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  • Allison McDonald

    Major: Elementary education
    Hometown: Marion, Iowa
    “[I look forward to] helping [students] feel more confident in who they are as people, helping them grow as learners, and providing them the tools to set them up for success later in life.”

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  • Diego Bonilla

    Major: Event management
    Hometown: Wood Dale, Illinois
    “Whenever you plan an event, there are a lot of things going into it. Watching it unfold and having it run well is very rewarding.”

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  • Lucy Burzynski

    Major: Kinesiology and health, exercise science option
    Hometown: Milwaukee, Wisconsin
    “My college experience has been full of learning more about myself, my identity, my strength, and my value.”

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  • Diana Fonseca Garcia

    Major: Early childhood education
    Hometown: Marshalltown, Iowa
    “I know what it’s like to come to a country and not know a certain language, or not be able to know who to talk to because there’s a language barrier. I feel like I have a lot to offer as a principal.”

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  • Josie Rodriguez

    Major: Child, adult, and family services
    Hometown: Belvidere, Illinois
    “Having the prior experience of taking classes and also educating others through [the Network Against Human Trafficking] has given me a passion in educating people of all ages.”

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  • Monica Lara

    Major: Elementary education
    Hometown: Denison, Iowa
    “I am so young myself, so it’s crazy how much these kids teach me. My favorite part is being able to connect and build relationships with the kids, and give them advice.”

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