Outstanding Students

Amber Wagner

Q: Where are you from? (city, state) 

A: Montrose, Iowa 

Q: Why did you choose Kirkwood? 

A: I chose Kirkwood because I knew that I wanted to go to college right out of high school, but I wasn’t sure exactly what I wanted to study and I didn’t want to spend tens of thousands of dollars trying to figure it out. Kirkwood was the obvious choice because it’s a great school. 

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

A: Currently I am getting my Associate of Liberal Arts degree and once I transfer to a university I will be earning my Bachelors in Secondary English Education. English was my favorite class all throughout my school career and I love teaching others so I thought why not make it my career too? I chose to get my Associate of Liberal Arts while at Kirkwood because it’s a degree that can easily be built on to later on if I change my mind on my major down the road.  

Q: What has been your proudest moment at Kirkwood?  

A: My proudest moment at Kirkwood is probably a tie between when I played Mrs. Lovett in our production of “Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street” in the fall of 2019, or when I played Antigone in our production of “Antigone” in the spring of 2021. I love the theatre so any time I am a  part of it is a proud moment for me, and our theatre and music department here at Kirkwood is amazing. 

Q: What are your plans after Kirkwood? 

A: After Kirkwood I will be transferring to the University of Iowa to get my Bachelors and from there… who knows?  

Q: What inspires or motivates you? 

A: I genuinely have multiple things that inspire/motivate but more than anything my parents and my family motivate me the most. It seems cliché but so many people in my family have followed their dreams no matter the cost and they all support me 100% in everything I do all of the time. Having that support makes me want to do the best I can with everything I do. I’m so blessed to have the family that I do. 

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

A: Outside of Kirkwood I enjoy spending my time reading all kinds of different types of books, as well as singing. I like to write songs in my downtime and just write in general. My family growing up had a band so music and singing are always something you can see me doing or taking part in. I also like to spend time with my friends doing absolutely anything. 

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

A: Being named an Outstanding Student is quite an honor to me. It always feel good to be recognized for hard work that you put in to the things you do, especially by those around you who may not know you personally. I’m just really thankful to have been thought of for this. 

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