Outstanding Students

Nhilse Pacheco

Q: Where are you from? (city, state) 

A: Nicolas Romero, México. 

Q: Why did you choose Kirkwood? 

A: I chose Kirkwood because it was the best option for my academic life here in the United States. As a student whose first language is not English, Kirkwood was my salvation by having the perfect programs for me, it was a good start to my life here in Iowa. 

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

A: My major is Human Services / Social Worker. I chose this program because my goal since childhood has been to help others no matter what. Being a social worker is one of the programs that I know can help me achieve that goal. I really enjoy interacting with people and giving them the help they need. 

Q: What has been your proudest moment at Kirkwood?  

A: My proudest moment at Kirkwood has been when I receive my first recognition for my grades. It is definitely something that was not easy since studying in English is a challenge. I am proud to be Mexican, to work hard and to be recognized by my school. 

Q: What are your plans after Kirkwood? 

A: I want to study one more Major in the Health area and thus work in a hospital. I also want to be able to join the Military, I want to prove to myself that I am capable of many other things. 

Q: What inspires or motivates you? 

A: My family, especially the one in Mexico. My little cousins motivate me to be a better person, to achieve my goals because I know that from here I can help them more while fulfilling my dreams. I want them to learn that anything is possible. 

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

A: I live with my family made up of Blas, my dad. Margarita, my mom. Arianna, my sister. I also have an adoptive younger sister, Angie, who lives in Texas, who has two daughters who are my goddaughters, Maylee, 4 years old, and Aimee, 3. My life outside of school is based on working at a company called Raining Rose, I am a full-time employee. On weekends I enjoy painting oil cartoons, playing the piano, practicing Hula Hula, and exercising. 

My favorite color is blue. My favorite sport is American Football and Basketball. My favorite Netflix series is Grey’s Anatomy, The Reign and Elite. The music I listen to the most is Country and Pop in Spanish. My favorite animal is the Dog, the Elephant, and the Chimpanzees. My goal before I die is to help stop animal abuse. In Mexico, I was a Catechist and dedicated my weekends to church. I also was a teacher of young children and helped them with their homework. My sister and I rescued abandoned dogs. In total, we rescued more than 35 dogs. 

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

A: It is an honor to be a part of this. I really thank all of you who have been part of who I am now. I always wanted to be proud of myself, now I can say that this has come true. 

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

A: TAKE CARE OF THE PLANET AND ALSO TO REMIND YOU THAT WE ARE ALL IMPORTANT HERE. ¨I always could, always can and always will be able to because I am Mex – I – can and God is with me¨ 

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