Grateful Students

Jump-Starting a Helpful Career

Abbie Suntken

Cyclone spirit runs deep in Abbie Suntken's family. Her mother, father, stepmother and uncle all attended Iowa State University, and when the now-sophomore from Omaha, Nebraska, first set foot on campus, she fell in love with the atmosphere and sense of community. More

Community Caring and Giving

Chris Onken

Chris Onken grew up in Carroll County on a family farm outside of small town Lidderdale, Iowa, helping raise corn and soybeans. During the fall and spring, he would work as much as he could operating the combine during harvest, and tractors during field tillage and planting. His passion for agriculture led him to Iowa State University, where he chose to pursue a major in agricultural studies and a minor in agronomy, as well as to participate in intramural sports and take part in the Agronomy Club. More

Success Through Determination

Ryan Godfredsen

While growing up on an acreage in rural Webster City, Iowa, Ryan Godfredsen learned the value of hard work and cultivated a passion for working with his hands. He is a self-proclaimed farm boy and keeps busy by helping his family with chores and working part time for a mowing and snow removal company. More

Inspiration 2

Michaela Christian

Sometimes it takes years for people to find their calling. Others discover their passions early in their lives. Michaela Christian, a senior from Algona, Iowa, is one of the latter. More

A Silent Force

Marissa Carlson

With passions for business and working with people, junior Marissa Carlson deemed hospitality management the perfect major to study at Iowa State. "I love being behind the scenes of people's vacations so that they can enjoy every second of their getaway without worry," she said. More

Paving Her Own Way

Elizabeth Welu

Hearing the success stories of notable business magnates at two of the Collegiate Entrepreneur Organization Conferences inspired Elizabeth Welu to carve her own career path. More

Best of Both Worlds

Matthew Stewart

"When I was doing my undergraduate work at Simpson College, kinesiology wasn't on my radar until my junior year," said Matthew Stewart, a first-year graduate student in Iowa State University's Department of Kinesiology. More

An Adventure Created Outside the Classroom

Matthew Stewart

"I chose to major in industrial engineering because of Dr. Richard Stone," said Christian Hernandez. The same goes for his twin brother, Christopher, who is also a sophomore at Iowa State. More