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Student of the Month

October Student of the Month: Elijah Phillips

What is your background?: I was born in here in Cedar Rapids. I went to Jefferson high school. I’m indigenous American (mestizo) from my dad’s side (he’s from Mexico City) and white on my mom’s side. She was born in Cedar Rapids.

What brought you to Kirkwood and why?: Well before I knew Kirkwood was coming out with their new Aviation Maintenance Technology program, I had already been looking for schools that offered it. One day I saw the news on Kirkwood’s website and I thought might as well see what they offered… and boom there it was. Barely even a few days out from the release and I was set on learning here because staying in my hometown means so much to me. I’m glad I don’t have to live elsewhere or drive so far.

What is your program of study and what interests you about it?: I’m in the Aviation Maintenance Technology program. I’ve always been interested is mechanics. I grew up fixing cars with my dad and I fell in love with it because you really never stop learning. It gives me purpose and that’s why I love this program. I can’t wait to spend my life in this career.

Are you involved in anything else on campus? If so, what and why?: I’m in the soccer club here at Kirkwood. I’ve played soccer now for around 13 years. I used to be very good, but never had really enough money to get into a club. So, that’s another reason why I like Kirkwood. It’s free to play like it should be.

Are you involved in anything off of campus?: I work nearly every day after school or on the weekends in the morning and sometimes nights.

What do you do for fun?: I play soccer and sleep when I can.

Where do you see yourself in five years?: In five years I see myself working as a mechanic for SkyWest in Chicago.