Joelle Brown: 2014 Homecoming Court

Joelle Brown is a senior studying Journalism and Political Science from Sheldon, Iowa. We asked each member of the 2014 Homecoming Court to let us know a little more about themselves.

What is one of your favorite memories at Iowa?

This year, I created the first ever International Welcome Night. It was an event on the first night of international orientation that brought hundreds of American students and hundreds of freshman international students together. This is my favorite memory. It was a bunch of students saying hello, building friendships, and having fun. It wasn't about any one person, but about a collective sense of belonging to the University of Iowa. It was something that had never been done before, but will hopefully become a tradition because of its success.  

What are three things on your bucket list?

These will all be about traveling. I love to collect experiences:  

  • Because The Lion King is my favorite movie, I'd like to spend time in Africa on a safari or with a native tribe. This is actually a 5 year goal I gave myself this New Years, so I have 4.5 years to get it done!

  • Travel to North Korea. Visit Pyongyang, but also the North Korean countryside.

  • Live in London for at least a year. While there, I would take the stereotypical Beatle's Abbey Road photo, sit in on a meeting of the British House of Commons, hike by the sea, and drink so much tea.

If you could jump out of a plane, where would you want to land?

I'd like to fall right into a hammock. It'd be a soft landing. 

What’s one thing most people don’t know about you?

I've taken a year of Chinese language courses. I can read, write, and speak minimal Mandarin.

If you could go back to freshman year, what would you do differently?

I took a really great creative writing class my first semester at Iowa. I love to write poetry and short stories, and found that class to be cathartic and inspiring. I wish I would have kept sprinkling those classes into my schedule as I've progressed through college.

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