Ally O'Meara of Indianola, IA is one of 12 University of Iowa students named to the 2021 Homecoming Court. O'Meara is a senior majoring in marketing and finance.
The members of the Court represent a cross-section of the academic offerings available at Iowa with majors ranging from marketing and journalism to neuroscience, computer science, theatre arts, elementary education, business analytics and music.
The University of Iowa's Homecoming Week kicked off on Monday, Oct. 11, and continues through Saturday, Oct. 16, with the staging of the annual Homecoming Parade the evening before the annual Homecoming football game.
To be eligible for the Homecoming Court, students must be currently enrolled at Iowa and have attained senior status (90 or more semester hours completed). Graduate students are also eligible. Applicants must also have a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.00.
Applicants are judged on the following criteria:
- Involvement in UI activities and organizations,
- Academic pursuits, interests, and achievements,
- Leadership skills and abilities,
- Service to the community,
- Thoughtfulness and skill shown in response to questions
- Enthusiasm and sincerity.
Each nominee was required to answer a collection of questions. What follows are Ally's responses.
What is your favorite memory from the University of Iowa?
It is really hard to choose just one favorite memory of my time at Iowa. One of my most impactful memories was rushing and becoming an active member of Alpha Kappa Psi Professional Business Fraternity. This group of people has become my family and home away from home. Walking up to the third floor of the Biz Hub and seeing a friendly face to study with will forever be one of my favorite experiences.
What would like to see changed in the world during your lifetime?
The biggest change I would like to see in the world in my lifetime is a cure to cancer. I have many loved ones in my life that are currently fighting or have lost the battle to this disease. Cancer has rocked the world for decades, and finding a cure or advanced treatment programs would bring peace and greater healing for those diagnosed, their friends, and their families.
If you could choose one superpower, what would it be?
If I could have any superpower, it would be reading people's minds. What a cool way to empathize with others fully!
Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
I see myself with a family continuing to work in product and brand management. I am highly fascinated by trends and consumer behavior, so I hope to keep learning and researching. I have a passion for storytelling and hearing about others' lived experiences. I hope to create meaning in my life by learning more about the human person. have always dreamed of moving to a cold city, so I am hopefully somewhere up north! I have recently rediscovered my love for writing for enjoyment, let's hope I continue to improve.
What is a fun fact that no one knows about you?
I was once in a video of kids falling on ice that was shown on Jimmy Kimmel.