Outstanding Students

Laurelle Brandt

Where are you from?

Cedar Rapids, Iowa, born and raised.

Why did you choose Kirkwood?

I chose Kirkwood because it would allow me to stay close to home, not be in massive debt when I graduated and the program allows me a myriad of job opportunities in essentially every field there is.

What is your major and how did you choose it?

My major is Business Administration: Administrative Management and I chose it with the help of Kirkwood Career Services employee Morris Pounds. He went over all my options with me and when I didn’t have a specific idea of what I wanted, he led me towards something that caters to my desire to help people and increase my organizational skills.

What has been your proudest moment at Kirkwood?

Probably when my teacher told me she nominated me for the Outstanding Student Award. I never expected to receive this sort of recognition for my work.

What are your plans after Kirkwood?

I currently work on campus and hope to stay with the school in some capacity.

What inspires or motivates you?

My faith in the Lord Jesus motivates me to do the best I can and be a testimony for him with my life. My family motivates me with their encouragement and support.

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

I read most of the time, write poetry when I can and spend as much time with my family as school and work will allow. I love being outside and playing with my puppy, Autumn, as well as riding bike.

What does being named an Outstanding Student mean to you?

It means that my work has paid off, that a lot of time spent studying and worrying about the quality of what I had accomplished actually did add up to something good. It means that I can be proud of my work because it was good enough that someone noticed the effort. I like to think of it as a way that God is blessing me for trying to live for Him through the people I respect. It means a lot to me that my instructor thought enough of what I do to nominate me.

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