Nathen Spitz: UI Homecoming Court 2017

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Nathen Spitz is a junior from Osage, Iowa, majoring in Psychology on the Pre-Medicine track.  

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

Although it's not that fun, I was born in Iowa, have lived my entire life in Iowa, and yet I still despise the taste of corn.

What is a favorite memory from The University of Iowa?

I was just asked this question two weeks ago, and I still struggle to come up with an answer because there are seriously so many to choose from. But if I had to choose, I think my favorite memory is actually one of my first ones of the University of Iowa--it was when I realized that the University of Iowa actually was the college for me. I woke up super early on the second day of Orientation, and was walking down Clinton St. with dew still on the grass, a Java House coffee in my hand, the people of Iowa City just starting their day, and I looked up at Old Cap. as the first rays of sunshine hit it. I remember just stopping and taking in how beautiful this building was and what it stood for--I still do this sometimes, to try and recapture the moment. But in that space, I was just taken back at how lucky I was to be able to call this campus my new home, and how lucky I was to be able to spend the next years of my life at the greatest university in the world.

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

If I had a superpower for one day, it would be to add time to the day! It might be cheating, because then it would be technically for more than a day, but if I could add time to the day, hopefully I could get caught up with all of my readings, homework, tests I have to study for, finally get eight hours of sleep, and maybe even clean my room haha.

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

I want to be a part of Homecoming Royalty for kids like high school senior Nathen. I remember reading through all of the profiles of Iowa's Homecoming Court as a senior and being inspired. I was inspired by these college kids who seemed to have their lives all figured out, who were so involved on campus, and who were helping to continue the amazing legacy of being a student leader on campus. I want to be apart of Homecoming Royalty to hopefully inspire other high schoolers and potential Hawkeyes out there to let them know that they can come to the University of Iowa, they can find so many amazing opportunities here to change the campus, community, and themselves; and that here at Iowa you can find your home.

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

It is human nature to compare, but I really would like to see our generation stop comparing ourselves with each other so much--myself included. Whether it's comparing our bodies to supermodels, comparing our test scores to the smartest kid in class, or comparing financial statuses or luxuries, I think that comparison has caused a lot of unnecessary stress and mental health issues that don't necessarily have to be there. When we start to learn to truly and holistically accept ourselves for who we are and what stage we are at in life, we won't have to constantly be comparing ourselves to others. Everyone is on their own journey in life, everyone has their own experiences, so it is unfair to ourselves to put so much pressure on us--you do you boo!

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

Although I want to be cliche and say that I wouldn't do anything differently, because I do believe that everything in life that happens (good and bad) makes us who we are today, I would re-do my Freshman year, and I would actually tell myself to slow down with getting involved. I still thought that I could do everything--I joined a fraternity, joined Campus Activities Board and became a Director, worked 15+ hours a week at the hospital, joined Dance Marathon and got on the Hospital Committee, was taking hard classes, etc. etc., but the time was being eaten up so fast I don't feel that I got to truly enjoy all of what being a Freshman at the University of Iowa is all about.

My over-involvement really started to weigh on me, and about half-way through second semester realized that I bit off more than I could chew, but my stubbornness wouldn't allow me to drop anything or go back on a commitment I made, so I stuck them all out. I would 10/10 recommend getting involved on campus, I made so many friends, so many memories, and have learned a lot about myself and others--but I would be a little more thoughtful in what I was saying yes to and whether or not I could give 100% to all of my commitments, while still staying sane.