Outstanding Students

Claire Hertrampf

Where are you from?

I am from Elkader, Iowa.

Why did you choose Kirkwood?

I chose Kirkwood for their great healthcare programs, the proximity to my hometown and family and the small class sizes that fit the way I wanted to learn.

What is your major and how did you choose it?

I am currently a Medical Assisting Student here at Kirkwood. I chose this program because I’ve always wanted to work in healthcare, but I didn’t want the lifestyle or schedule of a nurse, so becoming a Medical Assistant gives me the best of both worlds. Once I’m done with the Medical Assisting program, I plan to stay at Kirkwood and begin their Occupation Therapy Assisting program.

What has been your proudest moment at Kirkwood?

My proudest moment was getting through Anatomy & Physiology 1 and 2. Taking such challenging classes my first year at college really taught me a lot about my strengths and weaknesses as a student. Thankfully, I was given great professors to learn from, and some amazing classmates who made learning some tough material much easier.

What are your plans after Kirkwood?

After I finish here at Kirkwood, I plan to work as an Occupational Therapy Assistant either in the Cedar Rapids area or close to my hometown, Elkader.

What inspires or motivates you?

My desire to help others is truly what motivates me to follow this healthcare path I’m currently on. There is such need for healthcare workers right now, and I feel that I have the ability and skills to make a difference.

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

Outside of school, I really enjoy going home and spending time with my parents, brothers, and friends. I also really enjoy sitting down to relax with a good book or TV show. Some of my other interests include baking, shopping and playing basketball with my brother.

What does being named an Outstanding Student mean to you?

Being named an Outstanding Student is a huge honor and I am truly grateful for the recognition a staff member at Kirkwood decided I deserved. In my opinion, an Outstanding Student is dedicated to going the extra mile in and outside of class. They participate during class, ask questions and help those around them who are struggling. You don’t have to be the smartest one in the classroom to be an Outstanding Student, you just have to be willing to learn.

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