Kris Yambao is a senior from Arlington Heights, Illinois, and is majoring in International Relations.
What is a fun fact that no one knows about you?
I'm a huge fan of Lord of the Rings! Visiting New Zealand and taking all of the themed tours is very high on my bucket list. Will I ever make it there? Who knows, but, "the road goes ever on and on."
What is a favorite memory from The University of Iowa?
My favorite memory at the University of Iowa, if I had to pick one, would be Halloween from my first year here. My friends and I stood on the Pentacrest, facing the river. It was night, and the lights of campus were glowing beautifully. All of us stopped, took a moment, and just stood there in awe and silence. We were freshmen. We were excited for the year to come. Every now and then, on a clear night, I go back to that spot on the Old Capital. I sit on the steps and I look out at the lights twinkling like little tea lights on the Westside. The memories of my friends from 4th floor Daum come flooding back to me and I am reminded of how lucky I am, how great it really is to be a Hawkeye.
If you had a superpower for one day, what would it be?
I want to be able to fly! That way I could 1) get to class really quickly, 2) be able to travel anywhere in the world for free, and 3) get a new perspective on life, a literal 100ft above perspective.
Why do you want to be a part of Homecoming Royalty?
To be able to recognize the contributions of fellow Hawkeyes, to remember those who came before me, and to excite those who will come after me is the purpose of Homecoming Royalty. It would be my absolute honor to do this for a community that has given me so much.
What is something you would like to see changed in the world within your generation?
Access to and representation in Higher Education is something that I am striving towards changing. In the next decade, our institutions are going to be serving students of all different socioeconomic backgrounds. Such is that, it's our duty as members of these institutions to adjust ourselves to help better serve these changing populations. Revisiting and considering revisions to recruitment, retention, and student support strategies will be integral to the success of institutions everywhere.
If you had the chance to redo one year on campus, which year would it be, and what would you do differently?
Even if I was given the chance, I don't think I'd want to do anything here differently. Pitfalls and roadblocks, victories and ah-ha moments, all of them have made me who I am right now. At Iowa, I've learned, I've created, I've lived. I don't need to change any of that.