Undergraduate Ambassadors

Student Ambassadors meet with prospective students interested in pursuing English as a degree, and they also help the department with prospective student outreach events. Our current Student Ambassadors thrive both within the English Department and the community, and they are here as a resource for anyone who wants to learn about their experiences as English students at the University of Iowa. If you are seeking insider-English-major information, they are the ones to ask! 

To find out more information or schedule a visit with a Student Ambassador, contact Kate Torno at kate-torno@uiowa.edu

Christine Crowley  is a senior from Des Moines, Iowa and this is her second year as an English Ambassador.  Her interests within the English department include Shakespeare, Chaucer, and the Renaissance. Her favorite course has been "It Ain't Shakespeare", a study of the authors that influenced Shakespeare and even gave him quite a bit of material to take for himself. She would like to one day study and teach literature at the collegiate level. Her biggest piece of advice for incoming freshmen is to build relationships with professors--fifteen minutes during office hours could turn into an honors thesis or even a career idea. Go Hawks! 

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Steven Raines is a fourth year student  from Mokena, IL (a southwest suburb of Chicago).  He's an English Major and Prelaw student.  He's pursuing a certificate in Critical Cultural Competency, and he hopes to work as a criminal prosecutor after he finishes all of his schooling. His major area of study within the English department is victorian literature, his favorite author is a tie between Elizabeth Gaskell and Oscar Wilde, and his favorite class is also a tie between both of Professor Boos' classes "British Fiction" and "Seminar: Victorian Literature: Victorian Woman Writers". He's an avid baseball fan, and he comes from a primarily military family, where he will be the first member to achieve a bachelors degree.


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Nathalie Halcrow is a third-year English and French double-major from Orange, California.  She particularly enjoys studying literature from different cultures and time periods, and she loves discovering new sources of inspiration in the diverse course offerings of Iowa's English department.  Post-graduation, she hopes to pursue a job working abroad on international development projects in education.  In her spare time, she also enjoys reading, singing, tennis, and Chinese Martial Arts.


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Anna Tonsfeldt  is a third year student from LeMars, IA. Her majors include English and Secondary Education with a focus on American literature. Post-graduation, Anna hopes to teach English and ESL (English as a Second Language) courses at the upper middle school or high school level; she plans on applying for the Teach For America program as well as traveling and teaching abroad. In her spare time, Anna also loves to rock climb, play the piano, read, and learn new languages.