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 Josefina Lopez

Josefina Lopez Valdivia

Admission Counselor


Phone: 515-271-2012

Educational Background: B.A., University of Iowa

Hometown: Sioux City, Iowa

Three interesting things about me:

1. I was born on the street. (Parents were heading to the hospital, but I was apparently in a hurry.)

2. I'm fluent in Spanish. It's my first language and I studied in Mexico for a year.

3. I'm obsessed with all types of jerky.

I love Drake because it's size allows faculty and students to connect on a personal and intellectual level, which empowers each to be the best version of themselves. A "happy medium" school with the perks of both a big and small school.

My favorite thing to do in Des Moines is to eat at a new local restaurant every week. Food is the way to my heart and Des Moines had me at Zombie Burger!

My advice for prospective students: Know that you are not alone in the college search process. There are many people here to help you, so ask questions and visit the schools you are interested in. Brochures can paint a pretty picture, but sometimes physically stepping foot on campus can tell you more than one person can. And remember, "What's for you will not pass you."