Nate Robinson is a senior from Plainfield, Illinois studying Sociology.
What is a favorite memory from the University of Iowa?
Running for Student Government Vice President with Empower Iowa was one of my favorite memories. It was such a fun and competitive election. I was able to engage with so many students and hear what they wanted to change on campus. Also, I was a part of an amazing team that became like family. We had so much fun getting to know one another, sharing our passions, and celebrating our accomplishments. This experience gave me a deeper connection with the student body and university. It also showed me how important student participation/involvement is in making sure this University is successful.
If you had the chance to redo one year on campus, which year would it be, and what would you do differently?
There is nothing I would want to do differently. Through my ups and downs at the University of Iowa, I have always gained knowledge that has made me a better individual. If I had to redo a year, it would definitely be my freshman year. It was the year where all my friends were close together and we would stay up way later than we should have. We would sing songs and dance around in the Quad lounge (RIP Quad). It was a time where I was really finding my passions that have led me to be the person I am today.
Why do you want to be a part of Homecoming Royalty?
I want to be a part of Homecoming Royalty because this time of year is so special. With this being my last year, I have been able to reflect and think on all the ways that this university has impacted me. Iowa has provided opportunities that have allowed for me to grow as a student, leader and person. I would be honored to represent the University and thank it for all it has done for me. This homecoming is also very special because it is the 50th Anniversary of the African American Cultural Center. With myself identifying as African American, this university resource has provided a home away from home for myself. So much is being celebrated through the center this year. If honored with Royalty, I would love to be an extension of the celebration and represent a community that means so much to me on this campus.
What would like to see changed in the world during your lifetime?
This is a tough question. I would to see reform in this country’s criminal justice system. There are many policies in place that have disrupted and destroyed communities of color in particular. This system has also disenfranchised citizens, wrongly penalized and convicted, and also does not focus on rehabilitation of individuals. I want to see a system that is fair and actually works to aid and change those who have done wrong.
What is a fun fact that no one knows about you?
Growing up, I loved the Power Rangers. To this day, I still have a secret admiration for them. (I will be the Red Ranger one day.)
If you had a superpower for one day, what would it be?
I would want to be able to fly. I love to travel and gain new experiences. I would fly all across the world to see and take part in different cultures. This would be really cool, because then I could share what I learned abroad with my community and those around me.