Jordan Hansen: UI Homecoming Court 2018

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Jordan is a senior from Spencer Iowa majoring in psychology and communication studies. 

What is a favorite memory from the University of Iowa?

My favorite memory at the University of Iowa was the regional leadership conference that I had the opportunity to help plan and host for one of my student organizations. We were able to welcome over 400 student leaders from across the Midwest to campus and spend a weekend discussing how we can work together to improve the on-campus living experience for students at each of our colleges and universities. The experience of planning and hosting the conference really helped me confirm that I want to pursue a career in higher education and student affairs, and my conference team members are now some of my closest friends.

If you had a superpower for one day, what would it be?

If I could have a superpower for one day, I would want it to be teleportation. I would love to travel anywhere in the world with just a snap of my fingers because it would give me the change to visit so many places I want to see and also visit friends and family members I don't get to see very often.

Why do you want to be a part of Homecoming Royalty?

Since my first year at Iowa, I have looked up to the members of Homecoming Royalty as not only strong leaders but also incredible mentors. I hope that as a member of the Homecoming Court, I will inspire and support some other Hawkeyes just like past court members inspired and supported me. If you're reading this and you're looking for a mentor/friend at Iowa, please reach out to me because I would love to help you get connected to the resources and opportunities that will make Iowa feel like home for you!

What would like to see changed in the world during your lifetime? 

I would love to see a world where students have equal access to the resources they need to succeed in their education. One of my favorite roles on campus has been working as a Resident Assistant (RA) because I love helping students get connected to resources that can help them succeed. However, I have realized that there are often several barriers that prevent students from getting the resources or support they need. I know that this is a complex issue because it includes financial resources, health and wellness resources, academic support resources, and so much more. However, I hope that as a future student affairs professional, I can help more students get connected to the resources they need to succeed.

If you had the chance to redo one year on campus, which year would it be, and what would you do differently?

I do not think I would redo any year on campus because each year has given me so many opportunities and experiences that have helped me become the person I am today. However, I would go back to my first year and tell myself to take a deep breath, remember that I don't have to have everything figured out, and remember that I don't have to figure it out alone. The process of changing my major and career path was one that challenged me, but I met incredible people along the way and I would not change that experience for anything.

What is a fun fact that no one knows about you?

I love target archery, and I competed at the national and world championships during high school!

Iowa Homecoming is a week where the community comes together to celebrate Hawkeye pride. This year, we celebrate the hundredth anniversary of Nile Kinnick's birthday. For more information on homecoming, visit https://homecoming.uiowa.edu.