Outstanding Students

Amanda Bradford

Q: Where are you from? (city, state) 

A: I was born and raised in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. 

Q: Why did you choose Kirkwood? 

A: I chose Kirkwood because it is a great community college that is close to home. I love the size of Kirkwood. It is large enough allowing me to feel like I have freedom but small enough that your professors know who you are. 

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

A: Originally, I went to Kirkwood for the amazing nursing program. After branching out, I decided that nursing wasn’t the career path I wanted to take. I then changed my major to an Associates of Liberal Arts and am transferring to the University of Northern Iowa for a bachelor’s degree in Elementary and Middle Level Education. 

Q: What has been your proudest moment at Kirkwood?  

A: One of my proudest moments while at Kirkwood was successfully coming back to school after a break and making the dean’s list every semester thereafter. 

Q: What are your plans after Kirkwood? 

A: After Kirkwood I plan to finish my bachelor’s degree at the University of Northern Iowa. My career goal is to be a special education teacher. 

Q: What inspires or motivates you? 

A: My motivation comes from my support system. I am blessed to have a loving family cheering me on throughout my journey. 

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

A: Outside of Kirkwood, I am a lot of things. I am a wife, fur momma, auntie, daughter, and friend. I currently work for a local middle school as a paraprofessional while I finish my degree. 

 
Q: What does be named an Outstanding Student mean to you? 

A: To me, being an Outstanding Student is an honor. It means that my hard work in and out of the classroom is not going unnoticed. 

Q: Is there anything else you’d like to add? 

A: It’s never too late to change and it’s never too late to go back to school. 

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