Outstanding Students

Katie Robbins

Q: Where are you from? (city, state) 

A: Lone Tree, Iowa 

Q: Why did you choose Kirkwood? 

A: It is affordable, reliable, and close. 

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

A: My major is OTA, it was a long process, involving a career website, lots of interviews, tons of support folks at Kirkwood.  It’s been quite a journey.  

Q: What has been your proudest moment at Kirkwood?  

A: Proudest moment at Kirkwood:  Being one of the two people who weren’t afraid to interact with the cadaver in my Anatomy and Physiology lab. I was steady, respectful, and curious. My grandpa would be proud. 

Q: What are your plans after Kirkwood? 

A: To get going on a new career and start helping people with my work in a very direct way.  

Q: What inspires or motivates you? 

A: I love meeting people who are doing what they are good at, and what they clearly love to do.  It’s a gift to interact with folks that are well aligned with their purpose.  I appreciate it in any arena: servers, delivery folks, chiropractors, yoga instructors, construction workers, call center CSR’s, outdoor educators, janitors… the list goes on.  I hope to be a person who is very good at what they do and gives people comfort in knowing that I’m nerding out on something I really love and sharing the fruits of that labor with them.  Also, Mark Ash, Sultan Karim, Katie Tanner helped me keep my head up during all the highs and lows of this crazy year.  

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

A: I have a life partner and a dog.  He and I are both musicians who gig regionally.  If the world gets right again, come see us play sometime. I also really enjoy yoga, nature adventures, biking, rock climbing, dancing, and making things with my hands.   

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

A: We’ve been doing this whole thing online. So, I guess I write nice emails? And I take the time to write thoughtful replies to class discussions. I try very hard to learn and understand, as I’m more interested in learning-for-keeps at this stage in my life. I communicate when I need help and try to help others, if I have contact with them. It’s an honor to be nominated.  

Q: Is there anything else you’d like to add? 

A: Thank you to the staff at Kirkwood who have worked with me and [zoom] held my hand this year.  Life changes are tough and covid hasn’t made any of this easier.  The counselors, professors, advisors, and support staff have been wonderful with me during a rather stressful time for everyone.  They have stayed dedicated to helping me find the best path forward and work through the many logistical puzzles of our education system. (All while experiencing the stressors of a global pandemic in their own lives.) Thanks everybody!   

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