Meet the Ambassadors

Meet Our Ambassadors!

The WLC Ambassadors work as a team to help us talk about all of the programs we have to offer. Each is involved with different WLC and ISU programs as well as a wide range of campus activities. The group was developed out of a need for students to hear from their peers and for potential students to learn more from current ISU students who’ve had a variety of college experiences.

Joslyn Sperry

Anthropology

Minors in Classical Studies, Religion & Event Management

Office Hour: Tuesday 1pm-2pm

Hi, my name is Joslyn Sperry, and I am a senior in anthropology with minors in classical studies, religious studies, and event management from Norwalk, Iowa! I have always loved to learn about culture, especially ancient indigenous cultures, but I’ve also had an interest in human pathology and anthropology gives me the unique opportunity to study both, sometimes a combination of them! I’m also the vice president of Anthropology Club, and I’m a Student Admissions Representative on campus.

In summer 2022, I participated in the Roman Italy: Building the Empire program in Rome with Dr. Meyers and Dr. Hollander! We explored Rome, visited a lot of archaeological sites such as Pompeii and the Colosseum, went to many museums, and got to eat so much amazing food! I loved this trip because it was clearly connected to my classical studies minor and it was so cool to see the things I have studied in a classroom in person, but I also got a chance to experience the Italian culture and look at my experiences through an anthropological lens.

I have absolutely loved my time at Iowa State so if you are interested in anthropology or classical studies, I am more than happy to talk to you about the major or minor, recommend classes to take, or ways to get involved with anthropology or classics on campus with clubs or faculty.

Jazmin Chavez

Business Management,

Spanish LCP & International Studies

Office Hour: Thursday 2pm-3pm

Hi! My name is Jazmin Chavez, and I am a sophomore in business management, Spanish LCP, and international studies. I am originally from Oskaloosa, Iowa. I am a member of the Latino Student Initiates, STA community, and one of the Spanish WLC ambassadors this year. I am a native Spanish speaker and have always loved the Spanish language, so when I received an email from Alissa the summer before my freshman year about possibly majoring in Spanish LCP, I knew I had to know more about the program! I love how perfectly it fits with my business and international studies majors.

I was able to study abroad in Valencia, Spain, this past summer, and it was a truly unforgettable experience. It helped me immensely by allowing me to experience a different culture, and it allowed me to broaden my Spanish vocabulary. If you are interested in majoring/minoring in a foreign language, the LCP program, studying abroad, or anything Spanish-related, please feel free to email me or come to my office hours (Thursdays, 2-3 pm in the LSRC), and we can talk further!

 

Octavia Grimes

German LCP & Industrial Engineering

Office Hour: Thursday 3pm-4pm

Hi! My name is Octavia Grimes and I am a Junior studying Industrial Engineering and German LCP. I have loved German since I began taking it my Junior year of high school and knew I wanted to major after taking a gap year to study abroad in Hamburg, Germany. I met with my advisor freshman year and learned about the LCP program and how well it worked with my four-year plan and the college of Engineering! LCP allowed more flexibility to my schedule, and I’m going to study abroad next summer!

Studying abroad helped me improve my speaking, reading, comprehension, and writing skills. It was an incredibly meaningful experience, and I’m excited to do it again this summer! If you want to learn more about the programs open to you or the experiences I have had, please email me at ogrimes@iastate.edu or drop by my office hours!

Aliah Sow

Mathematics & French

Office Hour: Thursday 11am-12pm

Bonjour! My name is Aliah Sow, and I’m a junior double majoring in Math and French. I am also a George Washington Carver Scholar. I grew up hearing French because my dad is from Senegal, so I always wanted to learn. I started taking French classes in high school and loved them, so I decided to continue in college. Initially, I did not have French as a second major, but after talking with my academic advisor, I learned that I could do so very easily and added it as my second major as soon as I could.

I love learning a new language because it opens me to the possibility of starting conversations with people that I would not have been able to otherwise. Each French class I’ve taken at Iowa State has allowed me to grow my love and appreciation for the language and French and francophone cultures. My speaking, hearing, and comprehension skills have improved so much, and I know they can only get better if I continue to study this beautiful language. I studied abroad in Grenoble, France in Spring 2022 and it was an unforgettable and life-changing experience. In Spring 2023, I plan to study in Montreal, Canada to further improve my French language skills. Iowa State has many opportunities to continue or start your studies of a new language. If you have any questions about having French as a major or anything in general, you can email me at adsow@iastate.edu!

Rylee Matthews

Spanish LCP & Chemical Engineering

Minor in Biomedical Engineering

Office Hour: Tuesday 9am-10am

Myles Jenkins

Spanish & Secondary Education

Office Hour: Monday 1pm-2pm