Graduates move on to their next stage of life
Rhonda Greenway is just one of our 1,800 alumni graduating this spring and looking forward to their next adventure.
We asked our Facebook followers, "what advice do you have for this year's graduates?" Here's a sampling of some of the great answers we received.
Rhonda Greenway, '12
Major: Political Communication and Global Studies
College: Social and Behavioral Sciences
Hometown: Van Meter, Iowa
Why did you choose UNI?
After graduating in 2008 from Van Meter Jr. Sr. High with a class of thirty-eight, I came to UNI and found the tight-knit community I was used to. While at UNI I have made some of my best friends through my participation in the Northern Iowa Student Government, serving on the Freshmen Council, the NISG Senate and as the Director of Governmental Relations. I have also had fantastic opportunities to grow outside of campus, taking internships at the Iowa Finance Authority, the Iowa United Nations Association and the World Food Prize Foundation in addition to spending a month abroad at Fatih University in Istanbul.
From fifth grade until the first semester of my senior year of high school, I had planned on following in my grandfather, father, aunt and two uncles’ footsteps by attending the University of Missouri’s School of Journalism. After years of watching "Gilmore Girls," I was convinced I would be the Rory Gilmore of the Midwest, a fast-talking caffeine junkie with a flair for churning out news stories on a deadline. The 2008 election cycle, and a position as an Iowa Senate Page, sparked my interest in a previously unconsidered field, political science. Fortunately for me, UNI has one of the few political communications programs in the country, a program that morphed two of my interests.
Who was your favorite professor and why?
I’ve had a number of genuinely wonderful professors while at UNI, specifically Catherine Palczewski, Chris Larimer, Lindsay Cohn, Donna Hoffman and Laura Janik have been essential in enhancing my professional and academic experiences at UNI both in and outside of the classroom. They are each uniquely skilled, affording students the opportunity to learn and discuss pressing issues while being confronted by a diverse array of perspectives. Their electrifying enthusiasm toward student engagement, student success and student learning goes beyond the classroom, compelling UNI students to live up to their consistently high expectations.
What are your next steps?
Ideally, I would love to receive an international placement as a diplomat within the U.S. Foreign Service. I passed the somewhat infamous Foreign Service Officer Test and am awaiting further information about my candidacy. Beyond the Foreign Service, I have been fortunate to obtain phenomenal internships over the last four years, giving me a clear idea of my interests. As such, I am in the process of applying and interviewing for positions in economic development, higher education, food policy and international development.