Pooja Patel is a junior from Dubuque, Iowa, majoring in Biomedical Sciences and Human Physiology on the Pre-Medicine track.
What is a fun fact that no one knows about you?
A fun fact about me is that I love to draw/paint. It is one of my favorite things to do whenever I want to relax. In fact, many of the paintings in my room are made by me. My parents even framed a rose that I painted when I was in sixth grade and put it up in the kitchen!
What is a favorite memory from The University of Iowa?
There are so many memories that it is hard to choose from! The first one that comes to mind is the first day I moved in freshman year. It was so nice to have my family there supporting me and helping me move in. We explored campus, got ice cream, and spent our day together. It was wonderful to have the day with my family before I had to start living on my own, I really appreciated that.
If you had a superpower for one day, what would it be?
If I could have any superpower, I would choose teleportation because that would allow me to go wherever I want. I could go visit my family without having to drive all the way there, and I could even go visit places around the world without having to worry!
Why do you want to be a part of Homecoming Royalty?
This university has made such a big difference in my life, and it continues to do so everyday. It has given me endless opportunities, and it has made me into a better student leader and person. To me, being a part of Homecoming Royalty means celebrating a long-time tradition and representing this wonderful institution that has given me lifelong friendships, so many experiences, and countless memories.
What is something you would like to see changed in the world within your generation?
I would like to see people embracing diversity and being more open-minded towards people who are from different backgrounds, races, religions, etc. Our differences should bring everyone together, instead of dividing us, because they give us all a unique perspective to view the world.
If you had the chance to redo one year on campus, which year would it be, and what would you do differently?
If I had a chance to redo a year, it would most likely be freshman year. Getting used to classes, schedules, exams, and living on my own was difficult, as it is for any first-year student. If I could go back, I would plan things out more, use more of the resources found on campus, and become involved in organizations on campus earlier on.