Outstanding Students

Damipi Sayabie

Where are you from?

I am from Togo, and the city is Dapaong.

Why did you choose Kirkwood?

I chose Kirkwood because the professors teach well and Kirkwood has everything to help their students and allow them to succeed in their studies. For example, Financial Aid, tutoring, writing center and meeting with the professors during their office hours.

What is your major and how did you choose it?

My major is Industrial Maintenance Technology. I am currently working in a factory and I have always been impressed by how machines and robots operate. That is why I have decided to choose Industrial Maintenance and technology as my major. I want to learn how to fix the machines.

What has been your proudest moment at Kirkwood?

My proudest moment at Kirkwood is when I manage to answer my professors’ questions during classes.

What are your plans after Kirkwood?

My plans after Kirkwood are to go the university and get a Bachelor of Science (BS) degree. Also, to get a job in my specialty and contribute to the development of my community Cedar Rapids.

What inspires or motivates you?

My inspiration comes from the traditional American values such as equal opportunities, challenging work and competition. To learn and improve my knowledge are my motivations.

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

In my free time, I like to read books about culture, history and stories. I love to play soccer with my friends. Traveling is also one of my favorite things. I love to travel to visit unfamiliar places. I am also interested in accounting and business.

What does being named an Outstanding Student mean to you?

An Outstanding Student is a student who attends classes and participates, studies courses, does homework and works hard to have a good grade A. In brief, the best student.

Is there anything else you’d like to add?

I want to thank all my professors and the Kirkwood staff for everything they did for me during that time.

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