Outstanding Students

Taylor Shelfo

Where are you from?

I’m from North Liberty, Iowa – a West High School alumni.

Why did you choose Kirkwood?

I chose Kirkwood because committing to a four-year institution was intimidating at the time, attending a two-year college allowed me to have the confidence to continue my education while pursuing full time employment.

What is your major and how did you choose it?

My major is Water Environmental Technology. I was originally a Liberal Arts student and after speaking with Kim Fensterman, the WET advisor, she introduced me to a plethora of opportunities in the water/wastewater career field available post-graduation that sparked my interest and more accurately aligned with my long-term goals.

What has been your proudest moment at Kirkwood?

My proudest moment at Kirkwood has been achieving several job interviews in my chosen career path before graduating, reassuring me my efforts in water technology will pay off through the increasing employment opportunities offered from multiple municipalities as present employees retire with less newcomers to fill their place.

What are your plans after Kirkwood?

I recently obtained a position with the City of Iowa City’s Water Division as a treatment plant operator, so after Kirkwood I will be happily focusing on my career while taking classes online through Upper Iowa University for a bachelor’s degree in Emergency and Disaster Management.

What inspires or motivates you?

Being the first in my family to successfully graduate college has been quite motivating throughout my educational career, however my mother consistently cheering me on and expressing her pride in my efforts has been the most inspirational toward achieving my aspirations.

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

I have three cats at home that make it hard to leave the house, but when the weather is nice, I enjoy hiking, swimming and kayaking. I’ve always loved spending time in water, thus sparking my interest in learning more on how to maintain clean drinking and recreational waters.

What does being named an Outstanding Student mean to you?

Being named an Outstanding Student means SO much to me. Working full time, it’s hard to remain accountable with diligently completing schoolwork, however knowing my efforts shine through means my hard work is paying off and has been well worth every headache!

Is there anything else you’d like to add?

Thank you to the staff of Communique for taking the time to provide information about the chosen Outstanding Students, and thank you Kim Fensterman for nominating me. I hope she won an Outstanding Teacher/Advisor award.

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