Lindsay Laske

Lindsay balances her passions while at Iowa State

Although she aspires to teach high school students, Lindsay plans to incorporate her other passion, dance, into her career through coaching.

“I plan to get my coaching endorsement,” she said. “That way I can hopefully coach dance wherever I teach.”

But for now, she balances her two interests by majoring in elementary education with a secondary education endorsement and by being an active member of the Iowa State dance team – which lead her to Iowa State to begin with.

She tried out for the team her senior year of high school. After making it on, she drove six hours back and forth from Grayslake, Ill. to Ames during the weekends for summer workshops. To this day, Lindsay practices two to four hours, five days a week, and though it seems like a lot at times, she couldn’t imagine her college experience without it.

“Time management is one of my strengths,” she said. “In high school, I went to dance team practice, then dance class. I go crazy when I’m not busy.”

In addition to simply enjoying it, Lindsay said the team – especially her coach — helps her in her studies.

“My coach always says, ‘I don’t want to see you just working hard in practice. I want to see you doing your best in classes and other experiences,’” she said. “So I do, and I try to put that back into my coursework.”

Through winning a national championship, bonding with her teams, and simply working toward her degree, Lindsay has learned how to separate her academics from her extra-curricular activities. Now, she wants to help others struggling to do the same.

“Make sure you are present in what you are doing,” she said. “There’s no sense thinking about homework while you’re in practice and vice versa; focus on each one separately.”