Mercedez Marie Speicher  '17

Hometown: Fredericksburg, Iowa
Major: Athletic Training

What activities are you involved in?
Cheerleading and Greek Life.

Why did you decide to attend Coe?
It sounds cheesy but after my visit I just knew that Coe was right for me. I fell in love with the fact that Coe felt like a family environment. Everyone was so welcoming and it made me want to move in right away.

What is the best part of being a Kohawk?
The support that everyone has for each other. This is in absolutely everything - sports, academics, clubs, greek life - just everything.

What do you remember most from your first year?
Running down the stairs to meet my sorority sisters was by far the most meaningful thing.

What advice would you give to a prospective student considering Coe?
Come to college ready to meet new people and make lifelong friendships. Don't go home every weekend, stay here at Coe and spend time with your new friends.

What do you like to do in your free time?
Waterski.

What is it like living in Cedar Rapids?
I'm from a small town so living here in Cedar Rapids has been, and continues to be, a great experience. There are so many things to do here and so many places to eat.

What was the best part of being a first-year student?
I loved being a first-year! Meeting new people all the time is wonderful.

How would your friends describe your personality?
Fun, bright, bubbly but also relaxed when needed.

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