Lauren Freeman: UI Homecoming Court 2016

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Lauren Freeman is a senior from Cedar Rapids, Iowa, majoring in Political Science and Economics. 

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

Last fall I was heavily involved in engaging students on campus with the Iowa caucuses. My fun fact is that because of the national attention the caucuses attract in Iowa, I had the opportunity to be interviewed by one of my favorite news sources, NPR’s Morning Edition!

What is a favorite memory from The University of Iowa?

There are so many to choose from! One of my favorite memories has to be standing in the student section at Kinnick watching a Hawkeye football game. I love seeing a community of Hawkeyes come together and support our university and team. And you really can’t beat the feeling of excitement and pride that Hawkeye fans have at each game.

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

I think I would really enjoy having teleportation as a superpower for a day. I would have the ability to travel around the world in a blink of an eye! I could spend a part of my day in Paris, another part in Tokyo, and continue traveling to cities all around the world. It would be a jam-packed day full of exploring, eating amazing food, and soaking in every culture and experience I could possibly find. I can’t think of a better way to spend a day.

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

Homecoming is such a wonderful tradition on our campus that celebrates the University of Iowa and what it means to be a Hawkeye. Homecoming Royalty embodies the values and pride our university holds, and represents the next generation of Hawkeye students preparing to graduate and go off to change the world. I would feel so honored to be a part of that celebration and legacy. 

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

There are so many things I would love to see changed in our world within my generation. Poverty, climate change, discrimination... the list goes on. Overall, I would love to see a more compassionate and empathetic world where each person looks out for one another. If that was reflected in our policies and world politics, I think our world would be such a better place for everyone to live together. 

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

This is such a hard question because each year on campus has been such an amazing learning and growing experience for me. I’m worried that if I changed one year, that I would have a completely different outcome. With that said, I think it would be interesting to redo my freshman year, try joining different student organizations or meet different people, and see where that new path would lead me. With so many different opportunities to get involved here at Iowa, I’m sure I could have ended with a completely different senior year.