Dan Roalson '14
Hometown: Cedar Rapids, Iowa
Major: Business, French, Economics
What activities are you involved in?
I'm involved at Intervarsity, French Club, and Table Française (French Table).
What does Coe mean to you?
Coe to me is a top liberal arts school. You can make your experience very personal and modeled after what you want.
How has Coe changed your life?
Coe has really forced me to take ownership of my own decisions, my schedule and my overall education.
What do you like best about Coe?
I love the people at Coe. I'm sure it's a very run of the mill answer, but I truly love the people that are on and around campus. They've played a big role in my experience here at Coe.
What do you do for fun on the weekends?
For fun all I really do is just hang out with friends. I love having the down time. Every once in a while the band I'm in will have a performance in Iowa City or other surrounding cities, which is always a blast. But other than that, I just hang out with people and attend Imago Christi Church on Sunday morning.
What do you remember most from your First Year?
My most memorable experience my freshman year was tutoring a Honduran student in whatever area she needed help in to pass her GED. I did this as a volunteer and I learned a lot from it.
What advice would you give to a prospective student considering Coe?
Get involved in clubs but not so much as to be overwhelmed. Know your objectives, do what you must to achieve those objectives and don't be scared to change your objectives.
What service opportunities do you participate in?
I tutored last year and am in the midst of making plans with some members of Intervarsity to grow an urban farm in Cedar Rapids so that lower income families can eat well at a lower cost.
What is your favorite CR hangout?
My favorite CR hangout would have to be Hubba Hubba Hotdogs. They have hotdogs and lots of them. It's awesome and not far from Coe.
How was your transition from high school to Coe?
Well looking at size, Coe is about 100 students larger. So size was never a big transition. However, there are plenty of other things that I needed adjusting to. It was difficult for me to take immediate ownership of my own decisions and my life, but it is becoming more like second nature every day.
What is your favorite place on campus?
I love Charlie’s PUB and I love the library. I hang out at those places a lot with friends or when I need to get some good studying in. They both have a good ambience and retain a level of quietness despite how frequented they are.
What should every student do before they graduate?
Every student should have done work that they can really stand behind and be proud of. The sense of accomplishment after a difficult paper/project/presentation well done is something everyone should experience before graduating.