Kolkata, India

Being an international student, Aasthika knows how daunting the experience is of coming from so far away. It is always comforting to have someone else who understands your situation. Aasthika would like nothing more than to make a new student feel more at home in Iowa and make their transition easier. 

Aasthika's favorite experience of being at the University of Iowa so far has been her dining job. She states that there is something extremely liberating about being financially independent. Aasthika's dining job lets her meet so many new people all while learning how to cook.

What sealed the deal for Aasthika's decision of coming to the University of Iowa was the hospitals and clinics. Aasthika knows if she ever wanted to go steps further into studying medicine, she can with the great resources available at Iowa and it's teaching hospital. 

Aasthika is an International Ambassador for the University of Iowa Office of Admissions. If you're a prospective international student who has any questions about life at Iowa, please feel free to reach out to her via email at