Packing It Up

I’m going to date myself a little here, but 13 years ago this week I was packing up what seemed like everything I owned. My dad washed his truck and got tarp and twine ready to strap all my possessions down for a four-hour drive. I was embarking on a new chapter in my life—my first year of college.

I don’t know who was more nervous to start this new adventure—me or my parents. I was the first in my extended family on both sides to go to a four-year university. This was all unchartered territory for us. I knew we were all excited, but we were also a little scared. Little did we know that those four years of our lives were going to leave such a lasting and powerful impression on us.

I’m a little jealous of all the students at home getting ready to move as I write this blog post (they aren’t going to need half of what they’re packing, but they don’t know that yet!). Soon, they will meet new, lifelong friends and learn more than they thought humanly possible. They will also have vast opportunities laid out in front of them, theirs for the taking.

In four (or five) short years, these students will have to pack again, but this time as alumni of the university. The University of Iowa Alumni Association will be there for them then, but we’re here for them now, too. By joining S.T.A.T. (Students Today, Alumni Tomorrow), students can meet new friends and be involved in a meaningful way on campus. I see how important S.T.A.T. is to students that participate at Iowa and wish I had done something similar while I was in college.

Good luck, students (and parents), and have a fantastic time starting this new adventure!

Lana Tucker
Director of Membership and Marketing

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