Rachel Zuckerman: UI Homecoming Court 2016

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Rachel Zuckerman is a senior from Livonia, Michigan, majoring in Political Science, Journalism and Mass Communication with a Cultural Competence Certificate. 

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

 Most people at Iowa don't know that I was a dance teacher for many years before coming to college! Teaching little kids how to dance is one of my favorite hobbies. 

What is a favorite memory from The University of Iowa?

Sophomore year, it was really special when my little brother came from Michigan to visit me for a weekend. He got to meet my residents in Slater, we got frozen yogurt from Yotopia, and people-watched in the Ped Mall together. He felt so cool because he was a 13-year-old visiting his big sister in college. It was adorable.

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

Superhuman endurance for one day would be incredible. I would spend the day finishing my homework for the whole semester so I could focus solely on UISG and enjoying my senior year for the next few months. 

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

I love the University of Iowa and appreciate any chance to get more involved with our community traditions. Homecoming is such a special time of the year, and I feel so fortunate to get this opportunity to celebrate my last Homecoming as an undergraduate student with the other wonderful people on Court. 

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

I hope to see the American political system become more inclusive in my lifetime. I'm especially passionate about getting more women and young people involved in politics and engaged with issues that they care about. 

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

I didn't buy Hawkeye Football season tickets last year -- so obviously that was a huge mistake. Fortunately, I was able to go to the Rose Bowl instead, which was incredible. Other than that, I don't have many regrets about my four years here. Every setback I encountered taught me so much that I wouldn't want to redo anything.