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. 

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 typically include:

  • 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)
  • EVENT 271. Introduction to Event Management. (For event management majors.)
  • FS HN 167. Human Nutrition.
  • SOC 134: Introduction to Sociology

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.



Class: Senior  
Major: Event Management
About me: Hi, my name is Sydney Hogle! I am from Grundy Center, Iowa, and I am a senior studying Event Management with minors in Hospitality Management, Public Relations, and Entrepreneurial Studies. I became a peer mentor because I love Iowa State, and I want to share everything that Iowa State and the Event and Hospitality program have to offer. I love being involved on campus serving on the executive board of the Event Management Club, as a member of the Homecoming Central Committee, a College of Human Sciences Ambassador, and a leader in the Salt Company. I look forwarding to meeting all of you!



Class: Senior 
Major: Event Management
About me: My name is Katie Kemp and I’m a senior in Event Management with a minor in Hospitality Management. Some of my favorite things to do include playing volleyball on as many intramural teams as possible, leading students in Salt Company, and trying new drinks at all the coffee shops in Ames! I’m looking forward to this semester with you all!



Class: Junior 
Major: Event Management
About me: Hi my name is Claire! I am an Event Management major with minors in Child, Adult and Family Services and Public Relations. I am from Omaha Nebraska and am an avid believer that Nebraska corn is better than Iowa corn. When I am not in class or on campus I love to watch Netflix or Hulu. My current obsessions are Glow, 30 Rock, Bachelor in Paradise, and any movie where you can accurately guess the ending within the first 10 minutes. I say “soda” not “pop” and I am most excited to be a peer mentor for the opportunity to meet new people and share my experiences and tricks to success at Iowa State!