A Note on Social Distancing

by Anna Magaña These days I go on a lot of walks. I don’t think I’m alone in this, especially since the weather is getting nice and people are yearning for a different kind of Spring. I’ve gotten used to taking the same route and pausing for a minute when I get to the blue…

Abroad in the Time of Coronavirus: An Ecuador Journal

by Holly Blosser Yoder, Honors Program Advising Director

I was in the Ecuadorian rainforest, out of reach of cell phone and internet service, when the coronavirus pandemic got intense in the United States. My son Jacob and I were part of a group of eight who had made the two-day journey from the highlands of Quito. For the final leg of the trip, we had traveled 4 hours by motorized canoe down a tributary of the Amazon, the Aguarico River, to reach the indigenous Cofán village of Zabalo.

Iowa City’s Premier Coffee Shops

by Airiana Mohr Your hand grips the handle tightly, and with some force, you pull the metal door open towards you. The smell of coffee fills your nose and warms it with hints of cinnamon and vanilla as the baristas clank away behind the counter. You settle into a chair and begin your workload as…

Your New Scaly Best Friend

If you don’t follow the Honors Program’s social media accounts you might not be aware of this, but we have a professional model who works for our program. Well, I suppose he isn’t quite a professional. And we don’t pay him so he doesn’t technically “work” for us. But, we do have a model, and…

Dear Honors: Hug Your Brain to Keep You Sane

It’s the time of year when it feels like everything is falling apart, even though you need to have it together more than ever. We feel that. We truly do. So as you’re wrapping up your final portfolios, presentations, and papers, try to remember that it’s totally okay to relax… until you’re sitting at dinner…