Meet Your Ambassadors

Our tour guides are here to help you find your way around campus!

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Nyja White '23

Nyja White

Freshman, Theatre Arts
From New Orleans, LA

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Ryan Haas '21

Ryan Haas

Junior, Business
From Normal, IL

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Maya McGowan '20

Maya McGowan

Senior, Music Theatre
From Gurnee, IL

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Quinn Johnson '21

Junior, Nursing
From Bloomington, IL

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Joey Kiper '22

Joey Kiper

Sophomore, Bio, Pre-Med
From Bloomington, IL

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Emma Gray '20

Emma Gray

Junior/Senior, Biochemistry
From Urbana, IL

1. Where do you live on campus?
Kemp Hall

2. What high school did you attend?
UHS & homeschooled

3. What made you choose IWU?
The small campus environment, personal relationships with professors, financial aid and awarded, and the work they did with me to get my transfer credits to work out.

4. What activities are you involved in at IWU?
I have done a semester of research with Dr. Brennan, been on the Ethics Bowl team, and loosely been involved with NAMI and Pride.

5. Who is your favorite professor and/or class and why?
One of my favorites is Gabe Spalding. He believes in me more than I believe in myself some days and SEnt me one of the most inspiring emails I've ever received over Christmas break. Dr. Brennan has also been amazing and I intentionally take classes with him each semester.

6. What do you love / appreciate most about IWU?
I love the people. I have made the most supportive friends in the world. The professors and other staff members have always encouraged me, especially Michelle Donnell.

7. What do you plan / hope to do with your future?
I want to go to medical school and become a rural primary care doctor. I want to work to make preventative medicine accessible in underserved communities.

8. Other interesting / unique things about you?
I am a transfer student and have a dog named Laverne.

9. What social media platforms are you on? How often do you post?
I have Snapchat but no others. I don't post too often.

10. Have you had a "breakthrough" moment, large or small, while at IWU?
I think I've had a lot of small moments but no big moments yet. Many have just been in class or while studying when suddenly a concept makes sense and my mind is blown. Others one when faculty, staff of pers do / say are the nicest. It reminds me why I'm studying, what I am, and that there are so many reasons to go above and beyond.


Cameron Marsh '22

Cameron Marsh

Sophomore, Computer Science
From Edwardsville, IL

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Freya Jennison '22

Freya Jennison

Sophomore, Physics, Pre-Med
From Springfield, IL

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Ria Patel '22

Ria Patel

Sophomore, Biochemistry, Pre-Dental
From Decatur, IL

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Emily Wynne '21

Emily Wynne

Junior, Business
From Decatur, IL

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Olivia Causer '20

Olivia Causer

Senior, Sociology
From Aurora, Colorado

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Wah Chook '22

Wah Chook

Sophomore, Nursing
From Bloomington, IL

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Steven Raybould '20

Steven Raybould

Senior, Physics
From Hometown, IL

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Maggie Warrner '21

Maggie Warrner

Junior, Marketing
From Lakewood, WI

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Madeleine Hall '23

Madeleine Hall

Freshman, Undeclared
From Chicago, IL

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Dakota Roper '22

Dakota Roper

Sophomore, Nursing
From Bloomington, IL

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Marissa Alcala '20

Marissa Alcala

Senior, Psychology
From Oak Forest, IL

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Marcia Rolofson '20

Marcia Rolofson

Senior, Health Promotion & Fitness Management
From Normal, IL

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Jourdyn Keehan '20

Jourdyn Keehan

Senior, Nursing
From De Pere, WI

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2. What high school did you attend?

3. What made you choose IWU?

4. What activities are you involved in at IWU?

5. Who is your favorite professor and/or class and why?

6. What do you love / appreciate most about IWU?

7. What do you plan / hope to do with your future?

8. Other interesting / unique things about you?

9. What social media platforms are you on? How often do you post?

10. Have you had a "breakthrough" moment, large or small, while at IWU?

 

 

 

 

 

 


Val Villanueva '23

Val Villanueva

Freshman, Design, Technology & Entrepreneurship
From Chicago, IL

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Emily Thompson '23

Emily Thompson

Freshman, Secondary Education and English
From Cary, IL

1. Where do you live on campus?
Munsell 210

2. What high school did you attend?
Cary-Grove Community HS

3. What made you choose IWU?
There were so many experiences and opportunities that made me fall in love with IWU, but ultimately the overwhelmingly welcoming campus "energy" pushed me to choose it!

4. What activities are you involved in at IWU?
Greek life, Interfaith, Intervarsity Christian Fellowship, Circle K, CAB

5. What do you love / appreciate the most about IWU?
I've made so many friends already because everyone is so kind and welcoming! The campus is small, so meeting people is easy!

6. What do you plan / hope to do with your future?
I want to become a high school English teacher in order to help students pursue their passions and fall in love with all forms of learning.

7. Other interesting / unique things about you?
I'm a vegetarian, done a few local pageants, did 13 extracurriculars, 3 AP classes, and worked part time my senior year.

8. What social media platforms are you on? How often do you post?
Instagram, Facebook, Snapchat, and Twitter. About 4 to 6 times a week on Instagram Stories, less often on any others but I check them 1+ times a day.

9. Have you had a "breakthrough" moment, large or small, while at IWU?
My "breakthrough" moment came when I, after only a few days, had a group of friends that I enjoyed being with. As someone who didn't have many close friends in high school, it was awesome to meet people I so instantly bonded with.