Kristen Scott '16
Hometown: Colorado Springs, Colorado
Major: Elementary Education
Minor: Sociology, Psychology
What activities are you involved in?
Coexist club, stage tech for theatre, Coe Alliance, Coe Human Rights Activists and I work in the Writing Center.
Why did you decide to attend Coe?
I knew I wanted to leave Colorado and go to a liberal arts school. When I visited a bunch of schools in the Midwest, I knew Coe was the right fit. I felt at home from the very beginning. I could picture myself walking around campus as a confident college student taking on the world. You are never alone at Coe.
What does Coe mean to you?
Coe is my home. It is my favorite place in the world. Every time I go to dinner or walk to class, I see a smiling face of someone I know that cares about me. Every time I get an email, I know someone else wants me to be part of their organization. There is always something to do and someone who cares. The atmosphere here is unlike any other.
What is it like living in Cedar Rapids?
I did not give Cedar Rapids enough credit before I got here. Everyone made fun of me for going to Iowa. But I actually really like Cedar Rapids. There are lots of community events my classes have taken advantage of.
How has Coe changed your life?
Meeting the incredible people here who share my interests has changed my view on life. In my high school I felt like I was one of the only ones who actually wanted to learn and have intense conversation, and people here love that! If you want to debate religion, politics or human morals, you do not have to go far. Coe gives me a lot of hope for the rest of humanity.
What do you like best about Coe?
Unlike most private liberal arts schools, Coe is truly diverse in its interests. I wanted a true college experience where everyone gets decked out for football games and dresses up during homecoming but also somewhere with small, intimate classes and countless opportunities for deep discussion. Coe is that place. I feel like I'm in a movie sometimes when I walk across campus to go work out with my friends and then chill out in my dorm before putting my backpack on and heading to class. Coe gives you anything you want.
What do you do for fun on the weekends?
I like to do lots of random stuff. My friends and I do lots of movie nights and we go to football games on the weekend when they're at home. There is always something going on! Friday nights we go to Blind Spot when it's being put on. A lot of times I don't need a plan to end up making amazing memories.
What do you plan to do after Coe?
I plan to teach in inner-city Chicago and build an organization so that I can one day have my own non-profit boarding school in South Sudan. Every single person at Coe who knows that always wants to get involved or figure out ways to help me achieve my goal.
What advice would you give to a prospective student considering Coe?
Go with your gut. If you think of a certain school and just smile, that is probably the place that's meant for you. I always overthink things, but coming to Coe is a decision I have never once regretted.
What is your favorite CR hangout?
Brewed Awakenings, the coffee shop right across from Coe! I have class this semester that meets there every Tuesday and I love the atmosphere.
What Coe tradition would you like to start?
I'm going to start a club with my friend called COCoe (Coloradans for Coe). There are tons of people here from Colorado so we want a little alliance to watch football games, go sledding and climb hills, pretending they're mountains!