Landon Calderwood

Landon Calderwood expands FCCLA to Iowa State

After transferring to Iowa State for his second year of college, Landon knew a major in family and consumer science education and studies was the right choice, partially due to his involvement in Family, Career, and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA).

“I was volunteering at the Iowa FCCLA State Conference during my freshman year of college when something clicked,” he said. “Being around all of my family and consumer sciences friends and my FCCLA friends helped me realize how much I wanted to pursue a career in FCS.”

FCCLA is a national organization for young men and women in family and consumer sciences education that has over 5,000 chapters in high schools across the country. Landon joined FCCLA in seventh grade, and is now working with a committee of students to start a chapter at Iowa State.

“Starting an FCCLA chapter has given me a lot of experience on how to start things from the ground up,” he said. “There are so many small things to pay attention to and people to communicate with.”

Landon manages records and finances to help get the Iowa State FCCLA chapter off the ground. While there are still steps to take before FCCLA is a recognized student organization, Landon’s passion for the club helps him keep the big picture in mind.

“My favorite memories would probably be from my junior year of high school. I served as a state officer, and it was so cool to be a face of an organization,” he said.

For students who want to continue a meaningful experience at Iowa State by starting their own club, Landon’s advice is to ask for help.

“There are people out there to help you,” he said. “We were doing things on our own when there were other people and university resources that could help us; you don’t have to start from scratch.”