Yashila Permeswaran: UI Homecoming Court 2016

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Yashila Permeswaran is a senior from LeMars, Iowa, majoring in Electrical and Computer Engineering.

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

I can play several instruments, including piano, cello, percussion, and bassoon. I was even selected twice to play bassoon for the Iowa all-state orchestra! Growing up, music was a big part of my life, and making music was one of my favorite things to do. Even though in college I've put that part of my life on the back burner to focus on academics and other activities, I definitely plan on buying a cello and a bassoon when I get a real job and start making actual money!

What is a favorite memory from The University of Iowa?

One of my favorite memories was made while working on a group challenge project for Introduction to Software Design. Our group of three had only one weekend to work on the assignment, and by Sunday evening we were all starving and slightly delirious from the long hours we had put into it. Rather than getting real food, we ordered three large orders of Pokey Stix and finished every crumb! We were miserable and ecstatic all at once as we finished our project.

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

I would like to be able to stop time. I realize that's probably cheating because then I could have my superpower for more than just one day, but imagine everything that could be accomplished if time wasn't a factor! I could do so many fun things in addition to finishing the homework I should probably be working on right now (whoops!).

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

Honestly, I love every aspect of the University of Iowa, from the incredible people I've met to the wonderful activities available to the stellar academics. It would be a huge honor to be on royalty and represent the university that has made such a positive impact on my life. 

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

I would love to see everyone become more accepting of those different from them. So much of the world's fighting and problems would go away if everyone embraced diversity and cherished our differences.

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

I would redo my sophomore year. That's a really tough year in engineering, and I just remember stressing out a lot! If I could go back and tell myself to breathe, get a few more hours of sleep, and take a break to hang out with friends, I would have been much happier. It's easy to get so caught up in the chaos of deadlines and activities that you miss out on some important memory-making experiences with friends.