Outstanding Students

Ryan Ruppel

Q: Where are you from? 

A: Anamosa, Iowa 

Q: Why did you choose Kirkwood? 

A: I had Kirkwood classes during high school, and it felt like a natural extension. 

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

A: Architectural Technology. I thoroughly enjoyed looking at house plans as a kid, and wanted to design them myself. 

Q: What has been your proudest moment at Kirkwood? 

A: We renovated a shipping container into a mobile jobsite office for one of my classes. We installed wood walls, doors, windows, wiring, sheeting, paneling, flooring, lights, and HVAC. Nearly every facet that goes into residential construction. I worked on every part, but I was personally in charge of creating the 3D model and laying out the framing. I am proud because I learned a little bit of everything, it reaffirmed I was on the right career path, and that we built something that will be used for years to come. 

Q: What are your plans after Kirkwood? 

A: I’m exploring job offers currently, but eventually would like to continue studying Architecture at ISU. 

Q: What inspires or motivates you? 

A: I’ve always been inspired by my great(x5)grandfather. He was among the pioneers who sold everything for a wagon and went west. To finally make it and claw together a life on a prairie. They inspire me to do better than I did yesterday, and to find my own frontier. 

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

A: Outside of Kirkwood, I like to read and learn about history, I enjoy woodworking, and I like to watch and classic tv. 

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

A: I am proud and grateful to be considered an Outstanding Student. It is acknowledgement of the hours and hours I spent at the grindstone. Of course the grades and resulting degree is reward enough but I did my best to go beyond standard wherever I could, and I’m glad it was recognized. 

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

A: My favorite movie is Planes, Trains, and Automobiles (1987) 

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