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At the Library

By Lindsay Hippen | Nov 20, 2017

As some of you may know, in August I left the life I knew for the past 18 years and “started over” with a whole new life with a lot of new opportunities ahead of me in Iowa City. Now, as my first semester as a Hawkeye is quickly coming to an end I started looking back at all that I have learned and enjoyed! On Nov. 4, the Iowa Hawkeyes took on the Ohio State Buckeyes and, boy, was that a game to be at. My friends and I sat front row and were one of the first fans to storm the field after the game. After a game like that, I am beyond proud and thankful to call myself a Hawkeye.

It’s hard trying to find that “perfect study space” in a whole new world that you are not used to. The main library on campus is nothing short of beautiful. However, it is extremely different than what I was used to from working at the Washington Public Library. Each day when I walk into 1the library on campus, I am not greeted with the same smiling faces that I received while walking into the Washington Public library. I walk into a huge room that smells of coffee with many, many college students busily reading and working away to complete that homework assignment. There are perks to both, but without a doubt, I miss the atmosphere that our dear library brings to each of its patrons!

While at Iowa, I am studying to become an English teacher. This semester, I took a class called Reading and Teaching Adolescent Literature. This class is designed for English Education students who strive to become a teacher themselves. In this class, we read popular YA Literature books and learn how to teach those books in a classroom and determine if they would be a good fit in a classroom. Now, you are probably wondering what have been some of my favorite books in this class that I may want to teach. Out of Darkness by Ashley Hope Perez is definitely on the top of my list as well as The Hate You Give by Angie Thomas. I won’t spoil anything for you, but definitely put them on your reading list soon.

All in all, these past few months have been simply amazing. I feel truly blessed to have the people I have met in my life. Although Iowa City is my new home, nothing can compare to the small town of Washington, Iowa that I am thankful I can always call home! Happy Thanksgiving!


Comments (1)
Posted by: Glen Peiffer | Nov 22, 2017 02:47

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