Adrienne Rule

Adrienne finds path through participation

From the second she stepped on campus, Adrienne knew that Iowa State University was home.

She was less sure of the direction her adventure at Iowa State would take. Initially an undecided human sciences (HSCI) major, Adrienne was a member of Making Informed Decisions (MINDS), a learning community specifically for HSCI-undecided majors. The group provides opportunities for students to explore different options for majors and careers in the human sciences.

Adrienne eventually decided that her interpersonal and organizational skills made event management a good major for her. She began taking classes in her field and started working with MINDS as a peer mentor. 

A graduate student who was also involved with MINDS noticed Adrienne’s skills and suggested she look into advising and the higher education field.

“That was the moment where I understood that I could take all of the skills and experiences I have gained through event management and tie them into working with college students,” she said.

Working as a peer mentor with MINDS for two years made Adrienne realize how rewarding working with students could be.

“It was really cool to see that just by doing the things that I was doing, I could be a role model,” she said.

Adrienne may not have initially known what path she wanted to take at Iowa State, but her experiences on campus helped her discover her goals for life after college. While it can be challenging not knowing what path you want to take, Adrienne understands it is all part of the journey. 

“Don’t stress about it because you have plenty of time,” she said. “Explore different majors, go to club meetings, meet with advisers. It’s okay to be undecided, and it will probably happen again in your life. Slow down and take the time to figure out who you are and what you like, and it will come to you.”