Faith Murphy is a senior from Keosauqua, Iowa and is majoring in Nursing.
What is a fun fact that no one knows about you?
My grandma is an Iowa alumni who graduated in 1966 and went back to get her PhD in 1987. When she visits Iowa city we go to Mickey's so we can sit in the same booth that she did when she attend college here. ( She also still orders the same thing).
What is a favorite memory from The University of Iowa?
I think one of my favorite memories from my time here at Iowa is being selected as one of the first Summer 10 Nursing Interns at the University of Iowa Stead Family Children's Hospital Operating Room in the Summer of 17.
If you had a superpower for one day, what would it be?
Well being that I am a Nursing student, I would pick the power to heal. I would love to walk through the hospitals and be able to heal all the patients.
Why do you want to be a part of Homecoming Royalty?
I went to a small high school with a graduation class of around 50. I now am attending one of the best Nursing schools in the country and want to be apart of homecoming royalty to represent the College of Nursing. Also, I want to be an example for students who come from small schools that the university can give them opportunities for success and a lifetime of memories.
What is something you would like to see changed in the world within your generation?
I would like to see more focus on alleviating the stigma on seeking professional help for mental illnesses. There so many young people who struggle daily with mental illness but feel like they can't get help. This country needs increased accessibility especially on college campuses. University of Iowa's model of the embedded counselors in the residence halls is something all universities should adopt and I am proud to be a student at a university that cares so much for their students. I would like to see a huge increase in the percent of people who get care for a diagnosed mental health disorder in my generation.
If you had the chance to redo one year on campus, which year would it be, and what would you do differently?
It is hard to pick a year to redo because I have enjoyed every year here at Iowa and feel like, overall, I have been successful. Although, if I had to choose it would probably be freshman year. I spent my first year of college stressing over grades and GPA. Looking back all that did was take away from the joy of being new student. Grades don't matter when you are doing your best.