Lance Heady is a senior from Quincy, Illinois, majoring in Biochemistry and Neurobiology.
What is a fun fact that no one knows about you?
I love to ballroom dance! Over the past four years I have competed with my partner at many competitions around the country including the national championships last April. Dancing is my major outlet outside of academics and has always been a great source of stress release. When I’m dancing I don’t focus on how the exam I took the night before went or if my lab report was as good as possible, but I focus on the position of my feet and arms. This has by far been my favorite non-academic experience at Iowa and will definitely be a life-long love of mine.
What is a favorite memory from The University of Iowa?
Some of my favorite memories on campus come from my time as a resident assistant. I was an RA for the STEM Scholars LLC for two years and loved getting to know each and every student that lived on my floor. It was always the greatest feeling at the end of the year to know how each student had changed and to see where I had been able to help guide and support them. I have a very strong network of mentors and therefore it’s important for me to help mentor others. Seeing how people transition out of science towards their real passion or become more involved has been the most rewarding and memorable experience I have had on campus. I always joked with my residents that they were stressful, but in truth my senior year hasn’t been the same without another group of first year students to work with.
If you had a superpower for one day, what would it be?
While flying would be super cool, I’m scared of heights and I don’t think that it would end up working too well. So I would have to say controlling time. I’d want to be able to change time and make homework go by much faster and napping much slower. It would also allow more time for friends and food!
Why do you want to be a part of Homecoming Royalty?
When I came to college I had a goal of getting involved in research and various campus organizations along with maintaining a very strong academic record. Over the past four years my involvement on campus has helped shaped me into who I am today. I am fortunate to have been selected for court and I look forward to commemorating and celebrating my involvement on campus through this experience for my final Homecoming as a student.
What is something you would like to see changed in the world within your generation?
I would like to see science become less politicized. Science as a discipline is meant to answer questions based on increasing levels of support from studies. In today’s world, however, science without evidence to back it up has become common on the internet. This propagates the idea that science cannot always be trusted, including good peer-reviewed science. The role of science in society is to answer questions that can ultimately better our society. However, the distrust of science undermines this goal. As a scientist I cannot imagine dedicating my life to understanding a concept and question only to have a portion of the government and society not believe the findings. I would like to see a world where scientists more clearly communicate their work to the public and the public has an open mind to understanding it.
If you had the chance to redo one year on campus, which year would it be, and what would you do differently?
My time on campus, including every success and every failure, has shaped me into who I am today. I wouldn’t choose to redo a year on campus because I have enjoyed all of them. However, I would change the amount of time I made for myself and my friends. Sometimes I look back on my experience and wish I had taken more time to breath.