This is me. This is who I am.

Scooby-Doo. Basketball. Dark Chocolate. A few of my favorite things , to name a few. But, that only brushes the surface of all the things that make me who I am. I’m a freshman at-the one, the only-Iowa State University, just beginning my adventure.

I am Hillary from a farm in southwestern Minnesota with a graduating class of monsterous size, thirty-two students. Really, it was small and personal, and I absolutely loved it. Everyone knew everyone by their name, and their whole family too. I was on able to be involved with everything in my hometown, including three varsity sports, FFA (more on that in the future), Students Against Destructive Decisions, and a multitude of other things. I was raised on a corn and soybean farm where I developed a passion for agriculture and renewable energy.

I selected Biological Systems Engineering with a biorenewable emphasis as my major because of my passions. Basically, I cannot wait to work with the process of using renewable materials to produce energy. I was a little skeptical about Iowa State at first, even if they did have a great engineering program. My dad convinced me we should head down to Iowa for a campus visit. First thing I notice: the campus is amazingly beautiful. Everyone says it, but now that I’m a student at Iowa State I feel truly blessed to be surrounded by magnificent, beautiful trees and structures. When I’m walking to class the splendor keeps me company. The look of campus was a definite plus, but what really struck me was the people.

On my visit I was standing in the lunch line, and just started chatting with people around me. I met with an academic advisor who thoroughly explained many aspects of the college of engineering to me. The admissions office answered all my questions about how Iowa State could become affordable, even as an out-of-stater. At a school with over 30,000 students and faculty, I found my small town feel. I applied to Iowa State before my senior year of high school even started. Even as I checked out some other schools, I think I knew where I was headed all along. With a high ACT score, GPA, and rigorous course load I am even able to attend for less than my comparable school back in Minnesota. Now that’s what I call #winning.

Now that I’m on campus I have found close friends in people from backgrounds extremely different from my own. I have joined a sorority, a club for my major, leadership development groups, and of course found some friends that are game for pick-up basketball or Scooby-Doo marathons. I have found my home at Iowa State. It is right for me. It’s helping me continually become who I dream to be and supporting who I already am.

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