Kimberly Chexnayder: UI Homecoming Court 2017

Kimberly Chexnayder is a senior from Kansas City, Missouri, majoring in Journalism and Mass Communications with a Certificate in Critical Cultural Competence. 

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

I once was called out/yelled at by the secret service for trying to snap a selfie with President Obama's dog when I was there for a White House visit and interview. I just wanted a quick pic!!! 

What is a favorite memory from The University of Iowa?

Narrowing down a single favorite memory from Iowa is more than impossible. If I had to choose one though, it would be the Iowa vs. Penn State game under the Kinnick lights this season. It was an incredible game where our players fought tooth and nail against a top-5 ranked football team but more incredible than their grit on the field was the first quarter wave to the kiddos over at the University of Iowa Stead Family Children's Hospital. With it being a night game, all at once, the entire stadium lit up with lights flashing and waving towards the kiddos and their families who fight impossible battles every single day. Seeing an entire stadium of 70,000 people come together for one cause brought tears to my eyes. In that moment, there wasn't a single person in that stadium who wasn't flashing a wave and smile up towards that top floor of the hospital. Coming together perfectly represents the University of Iowa and our mission to be a community of helpful leaders dedicated to making everywhere a better place.

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

I would love to be able to travel anywhere at the snap of a finger! As a young person who is interested in other cultures and countries, I would love to have the ability to travel in an instant and explore as many places as possible without the steep price tag or lengthy flights. Thinking of snapping my fingers and being in 10 different countries within 1 day is a pretty fun thought.

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

I wanted to be a part of Homecoming Royalty because these are some of the best and brightest students at the University of Iowa. Out of the 24,000 undergrads here, these are the men and women who embrace the culture, mission and core values Iowa strives towards. We, as students, are pushed to break outside the box and push the narrative and reputation of what college aged men and women can do. At Iowa, we are delicately intertwined in dozens of aspects of university life. Through excellence, learning, community, diversity, integrity, respect and responsibility, those apart of homecoming royalty are the change agents that graduate from Iowa and help to shape our country and world for the better because of the education we received here.

What is something you would like to see changed in the world within your generation?

I would love to see the world continue to pioneer and prioritize the acceptance and tolerance of all people, religions, colors and creeds. It is easy for us to become divisive in today's political climate but I think it's important to value the various ideas and knowledge we gain from people who are different than us. I think this millennial generation is more powerful than ever and knows the power that comes from social revolution and advocacy so I have no doubt that we can change the world.

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

This is going to sound crazy but I really do not think there was any year that I would change or redo. My time here at Iowa has been so incredible and filled with new opportunities and learning experiences that I think I've gotten a full grasp on being an Iowa student. If I had to choose, I would choose to redo senior year over and over again so that I didn't have to graduate and leave this magical place quite yet!