Outstanding Students

Amanda Stallman

Where are you from?

I am from Swisher, Iowa.

Why did you choose Kirkwood?

As a Prairie High School Alumni, and an active runner, I practiced on Kirkwood’s campus before I was even a student. Running past the buildings, around the nature track, all throughout campus showed me the opportunities and life Kirkwood has to bring to its students.

What is your major and how did you choose it?

Originally, I was an Allied Health Major for two years, wanting to become an X-Ray Technician. With the help of advisors and counselors on campus, I found my true passion was in the Parks and Natural Resources.

What has been your proudest moment at Kirkwood?

I pride myself in being involved with the creation of the first Reference Library in the Horticulture building on campus. Approved by the dean, inspired by rooms in Linn Hall and help from my intelligent peers, as a team we are now able to provide additional resources for all students in the building.

What are your plans after Kirkwood?

In the future, I plan on furthering my education by studying to receive a bachelor’s in environmental education or conservation. I am yet undecided which university I will attend. In time, I will complete many licenses to work in the outdoor industry.

What inspires or motivates you?

I am inspired when I am immersed in a supportive and safe community, it helps me grow, see new perspectives and feel connected to life.

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

Outside of Kirkwood, I enjoy weight lifting, yoga, spending time with friends and traveling to new parks.

What does being named an Outstanding Student mean to you?

It is an honor to be classified as a leader, a student who goes above and beyond. With the diligent work I dedicated in school, it took a strong support system, encouraging professors and guidance from mentors to help me become the student I am today.

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