The Cedar Valley

Segment #10 from University of Northern Iowa


Okay, let’s say hello to Micaiah, a junior from Forest City, Iowa. He’s studying choral music education in addition to serving as student body vice President. Micaiah is a big fan of the outdoors, which makes him a great person to discuss all the activities that Cedar Valley has to offer. Take it away, Micaiah.

Thank you for the introduction, Alex. Hello everyone. One of my favorite features at UNI is the amazing opportunities that the Cedar Valley has to offer. When I’m not on campus, you can usually find me running or biking the over 120 miles of trails between Waterloo and Cedar Falls. These trails are a huge factor for my mental health here at UNI and I can tell that the city has put a lot of effort into making sure our town is a bicycle and running friendly community. One Cedar Falls tradition I love is going downtown every Wednesday night with the UNI. Men’s Varsity, Glee Club Main Street offers close to 90 opportunities to do things like shop, eat and play, where you can strengthen your friendship with your peers. If you’re a hockey fan like me, you can even catch a Waterloo Black Hawks Game in downtown Waterloo. As a music and theater lover, I could not go without talking about the amazing shows that UNI and the Cedar Valley has to offer. The Cedar Valley offers tons of ensembles performing like the Waterloo Cedar Falls Symphonic Orchestra or even the Metropolitan Corral. The Gallagher Blue Dorm Performing Arts Center also brings in award-winning Broadway tours and other high quality apps. The Cedar Valley is also home to Lost Island which is ranked by USA Today as the second best water park in the nation. As you can see, the Cedar Valley has a variety of options for people of different backgrounds and interests. When I chose UNI as my home away from home I wanted to make sure that I was stepping into a town that wasn’t too big, but still had plenty of opportunities for me and I found that here in the Cedar Valley. Thank you for listening to my story and I’d like to pass it back to you, Alex, go Cats.

Music, theater plus over 120 miles of hiking and biking trails and even hockey. It’s no wonder you enjoy exploring the Cedar Valley and it’s what attracts so many students to Cedar Falls a great college town. Micaiah, wonderful job.

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