Senior Tony Ketelaar has one regret about his time at the University of Northern Iowa – that he didn’t get involved with student organizations sooner.
Ketelaar has tried to right this wrong and is currently involved with the Student Admission Ambassadors (SAA), College of Social and Behavioral Sciences Representatives (SABRs), Student Telecounseling Admissions Representatives (STAR), peer mentoring and the Anthropology Association.
The Davenport, Iowa, native’s participation in numerous student organizations has led to his interest in helping other incoming students with their transition to college. He believes a career in student affairs will provide just that.
“Collectively all these organizations have made me fall in love with helping students,” said Ketelaar. “A lot of things that I do for these organizations are things that I wish I would have taken more advantage of as an incoming student. That’s something that I want to help incoming students with. I think that helping students would be really fulfilling.”
Because Ketelaar didn’t declare his major for the first two years of his college career, he feels that experience will help with relate with future students.
“It’s okay to feel around and be undecided. As long as you are pursuing things that interest you, something is going to come out of that,” Ketelaar said.
Ketelaar eventually landed on a double major in Anthropology and World Religion thanks to the influence of professors in both programs.
The opportunities Ketelaar has enjoyed at UNI would not have been possible without scholarship support.
“Scholarships allowed me to immerse myself and get involved with everything that I wanted to do,” said Ketelaar, a recipient of the Carver Scholarship. “Receiving a scholarship and having that financial support took a lot of weight off my shoulders, and allowed me to be more of a college student. It allowed me to do things that I normally wouldn’t do.”
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“The generosity and the support make it possible again for students to do so much more than they can imagine,” said Ketelaar. “I wouldn’t be here if it was not for the donors. I appreciate them more than I could ever say.”