Learning Communities

What could you do with a whole community behind you?

The college transition is a lot more fun when you are part of a learning community. Think of this group as a network of instant study buddies. With the help of these peer mentors, you will become part of a community that takes courses together, shares learning experiences and connects with faculty who are all passionate about global resources. Want to get others involved in the GRS community at Iowa State? Check out the GRS Ambassador Program when you meet with your faculty mentor.

There are benefits to being part of a learning community outside of the classroom, too. GRS students enjoy movie nights, football games, potlucks, climbing the rock wall at State Gym and many other fun activities. Whether you’re a first-year student or fourth-year senior, you won’t want to miss out on the friendships and learning experiences that the Globe Learning Community provides.

Peer Mentors

Shannon Rauter

Shannon Rauter

Morristown, NJ
Global Resource Systems & Agronomy

Shannon wanted to find a way to combine her passion for agronomy with her love of traveling and GRS seemed like the perfect fit! Shannon’s favorite memory within GRS so far is  her service learning trip to Uganda.

As a peer mentor, Shannon is looking forward to meeting as many Globies as possible. Besides the ultra unique curriculum, Shannon believes that the people in GRS are the best part of the major. Shannon says, “Everyone in GRS has something they’re passionate about, so it’s fun to talk to everyone and learn all about how they plan to change the world.”

Ellen Osterhaus

Ellen Osterhaus

Jackson, Michigan
Global Resource Systems, Pre-Business, Sustainability minor

“I chose GRS because I want to work on global issues relating to sustainability,” Ellen says. Ellen’s favorite memory within the major was being a service-learner in Uganda over the summer. Ellen is looking forward to interacting with the GRS students at the learning community events!

Jace Hadish

Jace Hadish

Cedar Rapids, Iowa
Global Resource Systems, Animal Ecology

“The GRS major offers a very unique college experience as it not only has an interdisciplinary approach to a wide and deep curriculum, but the faculty and students within it possess passion, intelligence and are open minded,” Jace says. By Being a ‘Globie’ you have the unique opportunity to travel and network worldwide. Jace chose to be a peer mentor in hopes of getting to know all of his fellow ‘Globies’ and to offer his ‘tips and tricks’ to others!

Amanda De Carvalho

Amanda De Carvalho

Bayamon, Puerto Rico
Global Resource Systems with Animal Ecology and Horticulture Minors

“Ever since I started in the Globe Major, I instantly felt at home. This major feels like a small family where you get to personally know everyone and everyone gets to know you,” Amanda says. So far, Amanda has served as a GLOBE Leadership Fellow, GLOBE Peer Mentor, and a GLOBE Ambassador. Amanda has been able to intern on St.John (U.S Virgin Islands) and with Cargill working in sustainability. With this major, Amanda has been able to visit different cultures and intern in amazing places.