CDE 2020 Graduates H-M

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Paige Hart

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Hometown: Hinsdale, IL

Degree: Bachelor of Science in Nursing

Major: Nursing with a minor in Psychology

Future Plans: Nursing in Chicago.

UI Experience in Three Words: My time at Iowa was full of adventures, new friends, and eye-opening experiences.

Axel Hernandez

Portrait of Axel Hernandez.

Hometown: Yorkville, IL

Degree: Bachelor of Business Administration

Major: Marketing Management

Future Plans: Open up my own sneaker boutique.

UI Experience in Three Words: Friendly, rewarding, challenging

My Greatest Achievement: My greatest achievement at the University of Iowa was breaking the fear of public speaking. I was able to find more confidence in myself through several presentations I had given in my classes.

Mayra Hernandez Garcia

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Hometown: Malcom, IA

Degree: Bachelor of Arts

Major: Political Science

Future Plans: Begin working for an immigration nonprofit organization.

UI Experience in Three Words: Challenging, promising, inspiring

My Greatest Achievement: As a transfer student, my first semester at U of I was eye opening to the world of politics. I am proud to be able to use my education to work on real world issues.

Zoe Hicks

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Hometown: Iowa City, IA

Degree: Bachelor of Science

Major: Athletic Training and Minor in Psychology

Future Plans: Attend University of Iowa DPT program.

UI Experience in Three Words: Growth, support, enjoyment

My Greatest Achievement: My greatest achievement at the University of Iowa have been my positive impact on the athletes that I worked with during my 3 years in the athletic training program.

Xinyu Hu

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Hometown: Shenandoah, IA

Degree: Master of Science

Major: Civil Engineering

Future Plans: Civil engineering consulting.

UI Experience in Three Words: Unforgettable, freezing weather, growth

My Greatest Achievement: Almost made it to the intramural basketball B league finals.

Mikhayla Hughes-Shaw

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Hometown: Quad Cities

Degree: Bachelor of Arts, Certificate

Major: Journalism and Mass Communication, Certificate in Critical Cultural Competence

Future Plans: Purse degree in media—potentially broadcast or strategic communications!

UI Experience in Three Words: A time for growth, gaining knowledge, and perseverance.

My Greatest Achievement: Serving on the exec board for the Iowa Edge Student Organization fueled my fire for advocacy during my years at Iowa. Secondly, being a journalism peer mentor was extremely rewarding.

Alexandria Jamison-Thomas

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Hometown: Chicago, IL

Degree: Bachelor of Arts

Major: Speech and Hearing Science - Communication Science and Disorders

Future Plans: Obtaining my master’s degree and working as a speech pathologist.

UI Experience in Three Words: Blissful, inspiring, unique

My Greatest Achievement: Persevering through hardships and still being able to push through and graduate. Also, participating in Dance Marathon and being able to give back to those families is another big achievement of mine.

Amber Jointer

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Hometown: Hancock, MI

Degree: Master of Social Work

Future Plans: Clinical mental health therapist.

UI Experience in Three Words: Challenging, stimulating, life changing

My Greatest Achievement: Less than 1% of youth that age out of the foster care system ever achieve a Masters Degree. I am the 1%. Graduation is and will always be my greatest achievement.

Alvin Jones

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Hometown: Homewood, IL

Degree: Bachelor of Arts

Major: African American Studies and Communication Studies

Future Plans: Pursuing a Masters in Communications at the University of Central Florida in Fall 2020.

UI Experience in Three Words: Long-term friendships, independence, and life changing

My Greatest Achievement: Bringing cultural awareness for CAB events. I proved that considering different groups for CAB events will appeal to more students and bring more people together.

Jaskiran Kaur

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Hometown: Seattle, WA

Degree: Bachelor of Business Administration

Major: Marketing

Future Plans: Being in a full-time job after graduation.

UI Experience in Three Words: Growth, support, leadership

My Greatest Achievement: My greatest achievement is hosting the Diwali event at Tippie. I wanted to increase representation of the Indian business community, and receive so much support and positive feedback.

Ray Khothisen

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Hometown: Storm Lake, IA

Degree: Bachelor of Arts

Major: Interdepartmental Studies: Applied Human Services Track, Community-Based Services Emphasis

Future Plans: Pursuing a Master's in Student Development Administration at Seattle University.

UI Experience in Three Words: Transformative, unforgettable, and eye-opening

My Greatest Achievement: I would say my biggest accomplishment overall was becoming and growing as a student leader in the field of higher education as an Asian-American at a predominantly white institution.

Carolyn Kim

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Hometown: Palatine, IL

Degree: Bachelor of Arts

Major: Japanese, Pre-Medicine

Future Plans: I will be working as an English teacher in Japan through the Japan Exchange & Teaching program for a year.

UI Experience in Three Words: Opportunities & personal growth

My Greatest Achievement: Pursuing what I love to do rather than what is expected of me.

Joseph Kim

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Hometown: Coralville

Degree: Bachelor of Science in Engineering

Major: Biomedical Engineering with a minor in Computer Science

Future Plans: BME/MS Fast Track at University of Iowa.

UI Experience in Three Words: Fast, fit, fulfilling

My Greatest Achievement: Meeting and getting to work with highly motivated people in similar research fields.

Nawfal Kulam

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Hometown: Naperville, IL

Degree: Bachelors of Business Administration

Major: Accounting

Future Plans: Graduate school.

UI Experience in Three Words: Exciting, rewarding, tough

My Greatest Achievement: My greatest accomplishment was hosting a career panel for students with disabilities. Working with the Pomerantz Career Center, I was able to connect students with disabilities with employers.

Ruchira Laroia

Portrait of Ruchira Laroia.

Hometown: Iowa City, IA

Degree: Doctor of Dental Surgery

Future Plans: Private practice.

UI Experience in Three Words: Challenging, gratifying, growth

My Greatest Achievement: My greatest achievement was advocating for betterment of the dental student experience at the University of Iowa.

Phat Le

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Hometown: Sioux City, IA

Degree: Bachelor's of Arts

Major: Interdepartmental Studies - Multidisciplinary Science (Health Sciences)

Future Plans: Taking a gap year to work for experience and then apply to go to graduate school.

UI Experience in Three Words: Brotherhood, friendship, perseverance

My Greatest Achievement: My greatest achievement while at the University of Iowa is being able to form friendships that last beyond graduation.

Kristopher Ledesma

Portrait of Kristopher Ledesma.

Hometown: Minooka, IL

Degree: Bachelor of Business Administration

Major: Finance with a certificate in Risk Management and Insurance

Future Plans: PepsiCo accounting associate in Cedar Rapids.

UI Experience in Three Words: Unforgettable, life-changing, unregrettable

My Greatest Achievement: My greatest accomplishment is overcoming the challenges of being a first generation student. That being navigating college from an academic and a social standpoint over the past 4 years.

Adam Lev

Portrait of Adam Lev.

Hometown: Los Angeles, CA

Degree: BSE

Major: Environmental Engineering

Future Plans: Moving to Chicago to work for a civil engineering consulting firm.

UI Experience in Three Words: Kindness, friendship, opportunity

My Greatest Achievement: The work experience I got while at Iowa. I had an internship every summer while here. Worked for a year and a half as a student operator at the University of Iowa Water Treatment Plant while at school.

Linda Li

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Hometown: Hoffman Estates, IL

Degree: Bachelor of Arts

Major: Public Health

Future Plans: Undecided.

UI Experience in Three Words: Enriching, engaging, interesting

My Greatest Achievement: I consider my greatest achievement at the University of Iowa to be getting my degree.

Yimai Li

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Hometown: Hefei

Degree: Bachelor of Arts

Major: Mass Communications and Journalism

Future Plans: Graduate school.

UI Experience in Three Words: Equality, freedom, welcomed

My Greatest Achievement: From the GPA 0.8 at the second semester in the first year to this semester's 3.9.

Yitong Li

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Hometown: Beijing

Degree: Bachelor of Science

Major: Computer Science and Mathematics

Future Plans: Graduate school.

UI Experience in Three Words: Kind, love, diverse

My Greatest Achievement: I have conducted undergraduate research to help people. I have learned a lot through this experience.

Carolyn Lo

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Hometown: Des Moines, IA

Degree: Bachelor of Science, Bachelor of Arts

Major: Human Physiology and Biochemistry, Pre-Med

Future Plans: Taking a gap year and applying to medical school.

UI Experience in Three Words: Life changing, unforgettable, growth

My Greatest Achievement: My greatest achievement is being able to grow and learn as an individual, in addition, the all the long-lasting friendships I made.

Angie Lopez

Portrait of Angie Lopez.

Hometown: Afton, IA

Degree: Bachelor of Arts

Major: Enterprise Leadership

Future Plans: Hopefully start working for the university hospital clinics in their HR department.

UI Experience in Three Words: Community, welcoming, heartwarming

My Greatest Achievement: I believe one of my greatest achievements was adapting and finishing at Iowa.

Itzel Madrigal

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Hometown: Storm Lake, IA

Degree: Bachelor of Science

Major: Global Health Studies with a minor in Latina/o Studies

Future Plans: I strive to help and assist refugees, immigrants, migrants, specifically women, and children. More importantly, involving the aspect of health. 

UI Experience in Three Words: Challenging, anticipation, rewarding

My Greatest Achievement: The CDE has truly helped me in so many ways, therefore my greatest achievement at the University of Iowa was giving back to the CDE by working in TRIO SSS as an Academic Mentor. I am extremely grateful for everyone in the CDE, I appreciate them so much. They have a special place in my heart for supporting me in these past four stressful years.

Anibal Mares Marquez

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Hometown: Rock Valley, IA

Degree: Bachelor of Business Administration

Major: Accounting

Future Plans: Complete the CPA exams and start working with PwC.

UI Experience in Three Words: Fulfilling, unexpected, amazing

My Greatest Achievement: I grew professionally and personally during my time at the university. Through the help of faculty and staff I gained a passion for mentorship and the desire to help others grow as well.

Lourdes Marquez

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Hometown: Chicago, IL

Degree: Bachelor of Arts

Major: Asian Languages and Literature (Japanese) with a minor in Chemistry

UI Experience in Three Words: Friendship, hard work, determination

My Greatest Achievement: My greatest achievement while at the University of Iowa is being the first person in my family to receive a 4-year degree.

Naomi Marroquin

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Hometown: Storm Lake, IA

Degree: Bachelor of Arts

Major: Global Health Studies with a minor in Latina/o/x Studies

Future Plans: Working at Proteus, Inc.

UI Experience in Three Words: Eye-opening, cherishing, loving

My Greatest Achievement: I think the greatest achievement while at the University was being President of ALMA. ALMA holds an extremely special place in my heart, so to even be the President, was an honor.

Russell Martin

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Hometown: West Branch, IA

Degree: Bachelor of Science in Engineering

Major: Biomedical Engineering

Future Plans: I will be pursuing a PhD in Mechanical Engineering at Stanford starting this fall.

UI Experience in Three Words: Transformative, empowering, augmenting

My Greatest Achievement: I am most proud of the structural, intellectual, and social growth that I helped to foster in the UI Robotics Club in my time as vice president and later co-president.

Sidney Martinez

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Hometown: Lake Forest, IL

Degree: Bachelor of Arts

Major: Criminology, Law, and Justice & Global Health Studies

Future Plans: I want to work in health outreach and education or advocacy!

UI Experience in Three Words: Growth, exploration, and fulfillment

My Greatest Achievement: My greatest achievement while at the University of Iowa was definitely getting accepted into Phi Beta Kappa and graduating with high distinction.

Rachel McCracken

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Hometown: Bettendorf, IA

Degree: Bachelor of Arts

Major: Communication Studies

Future Plans: Obtaining a career in digital media where I can produce social content for a brand or organization.

UI Experience in Three Words: Opportunity, community, growth

My Greatest Achievement: I am most proud of the growth I've experienced in my time at the University of Iowa specifically with my involvement in UISG where I learned valuable life lessons in Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion.

Asya Meriweather

Hometown: Chicago, IL

Degree: Bachelor of Science

Major: Psychology

Future Plans: Become a clinical psychologist

UI Experience in Three Words: Rewarding, challenging, exciting

My Greatest Achievement: My greatest accomplishment at the University of Iowa has been making it to the finish line; I am very proud to be a first generation college graduate!

Kristopher Miyakusu

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Hometown: Bremerton, WA

Degree: PharmD

Major: Pharmacy

Future Plans: Obtaining a career in digital media where I can produce social content for a brand or organization.

UI Experience in Three Words: Experiential, diverse, flexible

My Greatest Achievement: Graduating?

Jose Molina

Portrait of Jose Molina.

Hometown: West Liberty, IA

Degree: Bachelor of Arts

Major: Public Health

Future Plans: Working at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics.

UI Experience in Three Words: Rebirth, acknowledgment, monumental

My Greatest Achievement: Taking part in organizations and events that I would have never considered. I felt that I grew as a person. I want to thank the individuals who stood by me when I was lost. Much love for my UIOWA fam.

Jeremiah Moody

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Hometown: Cambridge, WI

Degree: Bachelor of Arts

Major: Sport & Recreation Management and Philosophy

Future Plans: Compete for Hawkeye Wrestling Club.

UI Experience in Three Words: Awesome, fantastic, wonderful

My Greatest Achievement: Being on the Iowa Wrestling Team for 5 years. Best time of my life.

Margaret Mungai

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Hometown: Des Moines, IA

Degree: Bachelor of Science

Major: Biology

Future Plans: I aspire to become a physician-scientist.

UI Experience in Three Words: Family, memorable, radiant

My Greatest Achievement: I was able to make life-long friends, meet professors that were extremely helpful throughout my journey, discover my interests and what my future path would be. I am proud of the growth!

Arshi Munjal

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Hometown: Cedar Rapids, IA

Degree: Bachelor of Arts

Major: Interdepartmental Studies

Future Plans: University of Iowa College of Dentistry.

UI Experience in Three Words: Inclusive, energetic, eye-opening

My Greatest Achievement: Getting into my dream dental school!

Guadalupe Munoz Rocha

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Hometown: Chicago, IL

Degree: Master of Science

Major: Environmental Engineering

Future Plans: Environmental engineering consulting.

UI Experience in Three Words: Supportive, exciting, unforgettable

My Greatest Achievement: My greatest achievement while at the University of Iowa was finding what is important to me and being able to act on those things via student orgs. I acquired many leadership skills through them.

If you notice any errors on this website, or if you would like to be added to the list of 2020 graduates, please email Mike Meginnis at michael-meginnis@uiowa.edu.