Directions Learning Community

Program description

The Directions Learning Community consists of first-year students enrolled in the undergraduate majors of event management and hospitality management.  Through common classes, social opportunities, field trips, community service work, and more students are able to meet others in their major and feel connected to their major early on at Iowa State. 

To stay up to date on what the Directions Learning Community is up to, follow their blog (active only during the fall semester).

Majors eligible to join

All first-year students in event management and hospitality management


This is a non-residential learning community.  (This means, students can live anywhere and participate!)


Students in the Directions Learning Community have the option of taking common classes together.  These courses included:

  • AESHM 113. Professional Development in AESHM.  Sections reserved specifically for first-year students in Hospitality Management and Event Management.  Course is taught by advisers within the majors.  Peer Mentors attend class as well.  (REQUIRED)
  • AESHM 112. Orientation for AESHM  (REQUIRED)
  • ENGL 150. This is a special section of the course specifically for Event and Hospitality majors.  Some assignments will be integrated with topics learned in the event and hospitality industry.
  • HSP M 101. Hospitality Management.  (REQUIRED)
  • FS HN 167. Human Nutrition.
  • HD FS 102. Individual and Family Development, Health, and Well-Being

How to sign up

To get the most from your experience, join the learning community during your first-year orientation

Peer mentors

Each year the learning community has 2-3 peer mentors who are sophomores, juniors, or seniors in event management and/or hospitality management.  Peer mentors come to AESHM 113 regularly and participate in and even lead class discussion.  They act as another resource on campus for students—giving advice, suggestions, and support.  In addition to this, peer mentors also plan social opportunities, educational events, and study sessions for the learning community participants.

Learn about this year’s peer mentors below.

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Hi! My name is Arial and I am a sophomore in event management with a minor in entrepreneurship. I am from Andover, Minnesota (which is 20 minutes north of the cities). I love traveling, being at the beach, hanging out on a lake, playing and watching sports especially basketball, and planning special events. I am very involved at ISU. I am in Event Management club, Alpha Delta Pi Sorority, Women’s Club Basketball team, and Young Life. I love keeping busy and meeting new people. I cannot wait to meet all of you!


Hi! My name is Shonna, and I am a sophomore majoring in event management with a minor in public relations and general business.  I am from a small town, Orion, Illinois, where I grew up on a farm. At ISU I am currently the social chair of the Event Management Club, a NSCS member, and an athlete on the ISU Cheerleading Squad.  In my free time, I enjoy hanging out with my friends, getting involved on campus, and cheering on the Cyclones. I am looking forward to meeting you all this year!