Outstanding Students

Abraham Arellano

Q: Where are you from? (city, state) 

A: I’m from Los Angeles, Calif. originally, but have spent most of my life in Burlington, Iowa 

Q: Why did you choose Kirkwood? 

A: Several of my nursing coworkers have spoken highly of Kirkwood’s Nursing Program and seeing Kirkwood Alumni in action I thought they were very well prepared for their careers. This program’s reputation is what attracted me to Kirkwood. 

Q: What is your major and how did you choose it? 

A: I am nursing major. I graduated from UI with a B.S. in biology, after that I worked for a while in pursuance of a career related to vision. I realized this is not what I wanted to do and turned to nursing since I feel medical care for others is my calling.  

Q: What has been your proudest moment at Kirkwood?  

A: My proudest moment has probably been surviving 1st semester of nursing school. I started off second semester a bit anxious, but I’ve realized how much that first semester prepared and molded my thinking; classes haven’t felt as difficult compared to last semester.  

Q: What inspires or motivates you? 

A: My coworkers inspire and motivate me, I admire the compassionate care they provide to patients. I believe that patients are more than charts and symptoms, they’re people who need to be cared for holistically and everyone deserves that quality of care.  

 
Q: Tell us about who you are outside of Kirkwood – hobbies, family, other interests, etc. 

A: My hobbies include video games, weightlifting, watching anime, bike riding, and collecting fountain pens.  
Q: What does be named an Outstanding Student mean to you? 

A: It is truly an honor. When it was first brought to my attention, I thought it was a general Kirkwood award and that there were several recipients, I was mistaken. It has also been a pleasant surprise since I did not think I was doing anything different compared to my peers, but it seems my professors would disagree. 

Q: Is there anything else you would like to add?  

A: I’d like to thank those that nominated and selected me for the award. I would also just like to encourage everyone at Kirkwood Nursing and in all the programs, both staff and students. I know we have all worked hard and struggled to adjust to online learning and new ways of thinking, but I’m confident we can all surmount these obstacles and obtain a great education. 

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