Tristan Schmidt: UI Homecoming Court 2018

Tristan Schmidt is a senior from Floyd, Iowa majoring in African American Studies.

What is a favorite memory of yours from the University of Iowa?

Going to my first ever football game! I went for a class that I was in and we got to watch from the President's Press Box! It was so amazing to see the stadium from up there. Plus, there was amazing food!

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

None! My experience at the University of Iowa, through all of the memories of late night homework, Netflix binges, and coffee, has been worth it!

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

I came here unsure if I would make it through my first year. Four years later, I am a proud first generation college student who found a passion in what I study. I want to show students, no matter their identity, no matter where they are in their journey, that here at the University of Iowa, they can be whoever they want!

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

I want to see that equitable education is made available for any and all students! Just having the opportunity makes a world of difference and it could change the course of how we value education and shape the world!

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

I switched my major almost 10 times during my first two years!

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

Shapeshifting! I think it would be cool to be Herky for a day!
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