Outstanding Students

George Appleseth

Q: Where are you from? (city, state) 

A:  I am originally from Panora, Iowa. 

Q: Why did you choose Kirkwood? 

A: I chose Kirkwood as a result of the vast resources that were available to students. It fit my academic needs in the sense of accessibility to help and successfully making the high school to college jump.  

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

A: My major is Pre-Pharmacy. Pharmacy has always been the path that I have wanted to pursue for my professional career. This area of study is somewhat specific in requirements, which made figuring out what classes to take very simple. 

Q: What has been your proudest moment at Kirkwood?  

A: While I have had some notable experiences here, the one that sticks out to me was getting through Organic Chemistry I. While this challenged me, I worked a lot with my professor and got through this new experience. Around the same time I was getting prepared to take the Pharmacy College Admission Test, and organic chemistry is an integral part of this evaluation. Working with my professor and putting in extra time allowed me to do well on this test, which played a large part into me having the freedom to get into a wide variety of pharmacy schools. 

Q: What are your plans after Kirkwood? 

A: I am starting Pharmacy School at the University of Iowa in the fall. 

Q: What inspires or motivates you?

A: I am inspired by the fear of not living up to the values and goals that embody what we would define success as. I want to be able to look back at the end, and be proud of what I have done/created. 

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

A: Family is very important to me. I have two supportive parents, and two other siblings. On another note, sports have always been a huge part of my life, and still are. I was a collegiate golfer here at Kirkwood before the COVID-19 pandemic cut my last season short. I am grateful for this experience to play for Kirkwood, as it allowed me to pursue this passion. In addition, being from a rural town, I spend my time outdoors hunting and  fishing when I have free time.  

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

A: This gives me a reassurance that I am on the right track. I’ve sacrificed a lot to pursue this area of study, and having this recognition means a lot to me. 

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