Marcus Miller: UI Homecoming Court 2018

Marcus is a senior from Johnston Iowa majoring in politic science and ethics and public policy. 

What is a favorite memory from the University of Iowa?

Although there are so many wonderful memories that I will forever cherish from my time here at Iowa, my favorite memories stem from my experience as a Resident Assistant. Right now, I have many former residents, who are thriving and excelling not just in their studies, but in their participation in student orgs as well as professional development. It is an absolute privilege to watch my former residents grow, and I love catching up with them and hearing about their successes.

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

I'd like to be able to fly. The world is so big and I have seen so little of it.

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

There are two main reasons why I am honored to be on the court. First, The University of Iowa has played an instrumental role in my development not just as a student, but as friend, future lawyer, and citizen. I hope to help represent what a remarkable place this campus really is, and all of the opportunities given to us. Second, I had a really difficult first-year. I encountered some significant hurdles such as experiencing discrimination and facing mental health concerns. I want to help show that with the help of professors, campus resources, academic advisors, Residence Education staff, and the Hawkeye community as a whole, it is possible to bounce back. To anyone who feels marginalized, misunderstood, or underrepresented, I want you to know the following: you are capable. You can succeed. You belong.

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

If I could only choose one thing I would like changed, it would be probably be a dramatic increase in the amount of empathy we show towards people, particularly towards people who are different than us. Whether it be better understanding racial minorities' experience in America, impoverished folks and their everyday experiences, folks with whom our political or religious views differ, or any other facet of one's identity, I think our world would become a better place for all if we stepped out of our comfortable worlds and truly tried to better understand individuals who look, think, pray, love, speak, or act differently than ourselves.

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 change one thing about my experience here at Iowa. Although there have been hard times, those times have shaped me into the person I am today. I would not be the same person I am today without the experiences, both good and bad, I've had during my time here.

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

Often times when I am talking to someone, I think in my head about how I would make an outline of the conversation. It is extremely odd and nerdy, but when we switch topics, I almost always think about which sub category the conversation is going towards, and whether I need to start a new Roman numeral!

University of Iowa Homecoming is a week where the community comes together to celebrate Hawkeye pride. 2018 marks the 100th anniversary of Nile Kinnick's birthday year. For more information on homecoming, visit https://homecoming.uiowa.edu.