Outstanding Students

Seiko Sheer

Q: Where are you from?  

A: Tokyo, Japan 

Q: Why did you choose Kirkwood? 

A: Solid reputation and affordability. 

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

A: Science since I am hoping to eventually find a job in the medical field. 

Q: What has been your proudest moment at Kirkwood?  

A: When invited to join the Phi Theta Kappa.  It was the first time I felt like I could make it as a college student in the U.S. 

Q: What are your plans after Kirkwood? 

A: I am hoping to get transferred to the medical laboratory program at UI. 

Q: What inspires or motivates you? 

A: Growing up in the abusive family background, I needed to support myself asap and did not have a chance to receive the education I wanted.  Being able to lean like this now is a dream come true.  Also, as a mom, I’d like to show my daughter that the life can be rewarding when we are willing to cherish it. 

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

A: Hanging out for a year with a long-quarantined kid like this is the totally unexpected one and only byproduct of pandemic I’m glad to have. 

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

A: Being a foreign mom without much former education, I never expected it. Deciding to apply to a college was very scary, but I’m glad I didn’t give up. 

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

A: Ever since enrolled to the Kirkwood, I’ve felt like a tiny Japanese duck suddenly mingling into a group of geese to cross the sea.  I’m very grateful for the extra support I received from Professor Emily McWorthy and Mr. Curtis in math department in a time of need, and the ongoing patience shown from the professors to the wondering ducky mom. 

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