Student Testimonial: Stacey Geerdes
Each morning that Stacey Geerdes steps into work, there's something very familiar about her surroundings.
The 2013 ag transfer graduate achieved both an Associate in Arts and an Associate in Science degree in agriculture at Iowa Lakes. She went on to Iowa State University to complete her Bachelor of Science in animal science in December 2015.
Her education helped her identify a passion to help others pursue their educational dreams through experiences she had of being a tutor, peer mentor and teaching assistant throughout college.
Upon graduating, those footsteps led her back to Iowa Lakes where she is a professional tutor.
“The atmosphere and employees at Iowa Lakes made it feel like a second home when I was a student and that drew me back,” Geerdes said.
While working, she is pursuing a Master of Science degree in agricultural education at Iowa State University and hopes to one day teach in an agricultural department at a community college.
When Geerdes was taking classes at Iowa Lakes Community College, her favorite campus events were in the TRIO-SSS program along with her ag classes and related activities. The TRIO-SSS program got her started in educating students by giving her the opportunity to be a peer mentor and tutor. The experiences in TRIO-SSS encouraged Stacey to continue on and become a tutor, peer mentor, and teaching assistant at Iowa State University.
As a student, Geerdes helped pay for college with several scholarships including a Presidential scholarship, We Believe scholarship, High School Dual Credit scholarship, plus many grants including the TRIO-SSS grant aid award, as well as scholarships she received for transferring to Iowa State University. Much of the financial aid she received was because she attended Iowa Lakes.
Geerdes credits several professors and staff members for inspiring her.
“Many had a huge impact on my education as a student, and to this day there are still several who continue to encourage me at work — and as I pursue my master’s degree,” she said.
A few to name include Neal Williamsen, professor of ag production/ag transfer; Mark Zabawa, professor of chemistry/biology; Michelle Rubel, associate professor of math; Nicole Heng, TRIO-SSS program advisor; Monica Rosacker, TRIO-SSS project assistant; Trudy Ahrens, TRIO director; and Molly Struve, Success Center assistant professor.