Year: Senior Major: Political Science Hometown: Holland, Mich.
> As associated student body president, Ian knows all about leading. He even dropped the chance to run for city councilman in his hometown to move out west to PLNU, a decision he knows was an equally irreplaceable opportunity.
If you could join one club on campus you’re not a part of, what would it be?
Surf club. In another life I would be good enough to travel to contests with the surf team.
What’s your favorite concoction in the Caf?
I do my best work at breakfast; this is when I weave a tapestry of deliciousness together. I start with yogurt, toss in some raisins, granola, and top it off with some sliced bananas. That meal is trademarked and all rights are reserved. Thank you.
What’s the best college experience you’ve had thus far?
Being a leader in student government on campus has been both rewarding and challenging. I have grown so much from this experience and met so many great people I never would have come into contact with.
Do you have any go-to places on campus to hang out or study?
I make a point to witness every sunset, so one of my go-to spots is the Sunset Cliffs sign next to the city lot on campus. I love sitting on top of the sign and listening to Bon Iver. I am so grateful when I can end each day this way.
What is the class you’ve learned the most in?
I learned a lot from my urban politics class with Dr. Lindsey Lupo (read her book "Flak Catchers") when I was a freshman. Now that I look back, I think that class set a foundation for challenging questions that I still struggle with.
Do you have any future plans for the rest of college – study abroad, getting involved, an internship?
I am planning to study abroad in the summer in Morocco where I will take intensive Arabic courses and Middle Eastern political science courses. I look forward to getting lost in another country and discovering more about myself.
What is one thing you wished you knew before coming to college?
Someone should have convinced me that college really does go by too fast. I remember my first class as a freshman like it was an hour ago. Now here I am three semesters from the finish line with way too many dreams and goals I still need/want to accomplish.