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Outstanding Student, Lindsey Ockerlander

By Anna Curtis
On April 17, 2019

Lindsey Ockerlander was nominated as an Outstanding Student in the English Department. Ockerlander is a Mount Vernon native and is the oldest of three children. Throughout her time at Kirkwood, she said she has had opportunities to learn more about herself.    

Q: Why did you choose to attend Kirkwood? 

A: I originally planned to attend a four-year college at the time... I was prepared to live by myself and have the full college experience. After looking at classes I realized that straight out of high school I haven’t had any preparation for college… I wanted to make sure that I could manage my class load. Kirkwood was always in the back of my mind. It’s more affordable… and it’s very convenient since its 20 minutes from my house.  

Q: What are your plans after graduation? 

A: I’m planning on going to Coe College after I graduate. I definitely want to major in Japanese or law. I’m planning on doing the three plus three. Going to Coe for three years for my bachelor’s degree, then going to law school at the University of Iowa simultaneously during my senior year at Coe.  

Q: Tell me about yourself. What are some of your interests outside of academics? 

A: I have two younger brothers and enjoy drawing and writing in my spare time. I also really like to listen to music.  

Q: What is one of your best memories from your time at Kirkwood? 

A: I took Intro to Film Music with Fred Kiser during my first spring semester here at Kirkwood and it was the best class ever. It maybe had 12-16 people in it and there were lots of international students in the class. I actually sat next to a girl from Africa and she was teaching me African and I was teaching her English.  

Q: What inspired/motivated you to choose your major? 

A: I chose my major because of the freedom of choice it allows me to have when I transfer to a four-year school. I looked at doing the paralegal program here at Kirkwood but, because it is so specific, very few colleges would be able to take it and have a smooth transfer. Another reason is the ability I had to choose my classes.  

Q: What does it mean to you to be selected as an outstanding student? 

A: I’m the type of person who will downgrade my achievements. I finally realized that after getting this I put a lot of hard work into something and even if it doesn’t turn out as planned, I can still say that I put my all into it. This is my chance to reflect upon my work and look back at everything that I have accomplished.

Interview conducted by Anna Curtis, Feature Editor

English major Lindsey Ockerlander works on an outline for her latest essay. Photo by Anna Curtis.


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