A veteran adventurer

Senior and veteran Zach Richter found a home at Iowa State.

Think of an old gravel country road. It's narrow, often unstable, and has limited alternate routes. That's the metaphor Iraq and Afghanistan veteran Zach Richter uses to describe his time in the civilian workforce before coming to Iowa State. But with just one tour of Iowa State's campus, he found that his future was suddenly paved with opportunity.

It was on this tour that Richter, now a senior in management information systems (MIS) and entrepreneurship, discovered more support than he ever knew was possible. "On the campus tour, I went to the Veterans Center where I felt like I had my own personal staff working with me," Richter said. "I left with information, a contact at the Des Moines Veterans Administration head office, and a plan to take care of my family while I attended school." This is impressive, considering Richter received this support within just a few hours of setting foot on campus.

Not too long after Richter enrolled at Iowa State, he discovered something else that would change his life: entrepreneurship as a major. Said Richter, "With all of the management experience I've had, I knew deep down that I wanted to be my own boss someday." Plus, during his deployment in Afghanistan, Richter was responsible for gathering data, analyzing it, and figuring out how that data could relate to upcoming missions. So it made sense that MIS and entrepreneurship was a perfect fit for him.

That's what's so great about Iowa State -- you can customize your adventure to find something that's just right for you. Whatever your interests, at Iowa State you're sure to discover your path is paved with potential too.

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