UIU grad taking lessons learned to U of I Dental School

Olivia Meier

2015 Upper Iowa University graduate Olivia Meier looks forward to applying the educational and life lessons she learned on the Fayette Campus to the University of Iowa Dental School in August.

FAYETTE, Iowa (May 8, 2015) – Arriving on the Upper Iowa University Fayette campus in 2011, Olivia Meier admits that at the time she mainly hoped to play an active part in improving the Peacock women’s basketball program. Four years later, the Cedar Rapids native not only made an impact on the court but in January she was accepted at University of Iowa Dental School.

“When I came on my initial visit I immediately loved the people here, everyone was so friendly,” said Meier, who will graduate from UIU May 9 with a major in biology and minors in chemistry and business. “Then when the classes actually began I quickly discovered that the UIU staff and faculty are all wonderful people, who will go the extra mile to assure each student succeeds.”

Meier stressed that at UIU she was able to get to know each of her professors on a personal level. From the relationships she built, the senior looks forward to utilizing the faculty members as mentors and life coaches for the rest of her life.

“I would especially like to thank Dr. Sara Sheeley (assistant professor of biology) for always being there for me when I had questions about anything. Her rigorous courses prepared me for dental school and I am so thankful for all the extra work she has put in to help me get where I am today,” said Meier. “I would also like to thank Coach (Carol) Russell for everything she has provided me. She pushed me to my limits and allowed me to reach my goals. She has taught me tremendous things about life and basketball.”

In addition, the 22-year-old noted UIU’s unique class scheduling provided her with additional life skills.

“Taking rigorous courses in a short period of time forced me to improve my management skills,” she explained. “My professors in the science department pushed me and inspired me to grow in my field of study. Juggling the various campus activities with my academics also instilled time-management skills.

“I was also able to get involved in campus activities in a variety of ways,” she closed. “I was able to meet people from all over the world and learn about different cultures. The people you meet and make connections with here are incredible people. On top of all this, you receive a great education. The students are taught by professors who will bend over backwards for their students. Most important to me was that I received a very challenging education, which prepared me for dental school and other future endeavors.”

The 2015 Upper Iowa University graduate takes the next step in her young life in August when she walks onto the U of I campus. Whether it be in pediatric dentistry, general dentistry, or orthodontics, Meier ultimately plans to open her own dental practice. 

About Upper Iowa University Founded in 1857, Upper Iowa University is a private, nonprofit university providing undergraduate and graduate degree programs to about 5,200 students–nationally and internationally–at its Fayette campus, 21 U.S. locations, as well as a location in Hong Kong. Upper Iowa University is a recognized innovator in offering accredited, quality programs through flexible, multiple delivery systems, including online and self-paced degree program. With a focus on developing leaders and lifelong learners, UIU provides dual enrollment programs for high school students as well as continuing education and professional development opportunities for learners of any age. For more information, visit uiu.edu.

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