Kara D'Ambrosio '14
Hometown: Orlando, Florida
Major: Elementary Education
Why did you decide to attend Coe?
Coming from Florida, people always ask me "Why Coe?" After attending the University of Central Florida for two years, I knew I wanted to attend a small college and experience a change of pace. I moved to Cedar Rapids last summer with my mom and after visiting Coe, I knew it was the college for me. Everyone was so genuine about their love for Coe and I knew I wanted to be a part of it. I knew Coe was the place I could get a great academic experience, be very involved and feel great about my decision.
What does Coe mean to you?
Coe to me means getting a degree in a field that I love, as well as lifelong friendships and networking.
What is your favorite place on campus?
My favorite place on campus would have to be the "U." You're always guaranteed to find someone in there and it's usually a meeting place for my cousins, friends, and I to sit, hang out, and eat lunch together!
What is your favorite class and why?
My favorite class would have to be Exceptional Learners. Because I am an education major, it gives me a new outlook on working with students with special needs since I've never had that hands-on experience before.
What so far has been your favorite memory at Coe?
So far, Coe has given me some awesome new memories. My favorite so far has been the Dragon Boat races during orientation week. It really gave our CAP group a chance to bond. I was a part of the transfer group, which made us one of the smaller groups. It was a great experience and I'd never done anything like it before. Orientation week gave me some of the best friends anyone could ask for!
What is your favorite Coe tradition?
My favorite tradition so far is the cheer team doing push-ups at the football games for every point our Kohawks score. It shows our dedication and support to the football team.
What does Kohawk Nation mean to you?
To me, Kohawk Nation is something every student at Coe should be very proud of. It's a term that unites our campus as one and you can feel it the second you walk onto campus and find your new 'home.' I am very lucky to be able to attend a school like Coe.
Tell us about one of the organizations you are involved in.
I'm a part of the cheerleading squad here on campus. We practice 3 times a week - usually Monday, Wednesday and Friday. We also cheer the football players on to victory at games on Saturdays.
What do you do for a campus job or work study?
I have a work study job in the Gage Memorial Union as a Student Union Assistant. It's a customer service related job and everyone I work with is super outgoing and nice. I also work off campus at a restaurant, when I can, for extra money.