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Countdown to Commencement: Tiffany Bates

May 10, 2017

“Oh my gosh, it’s been almost eight years, it feels like yesterday. Then again it feels like a long time, too.”

October 23, 2009, started out like any other Friday for Tiffany Bates. She returned from school and went about her normal routine. Her parents’ house is heated by a corn burner that was running that fall afternoon. Her father asked her to check on it while he went to the store to get more corn.

Countdown to Commencement: A Fast Transition

May 9, 2017

In the spirit of our Countdown to Commencement series, here are a few students who have already secured a job in their field before they even have their diploma in hand.

Countdown to Commencement: Dani Blum

May 8, 2017

Dani Blum, ’17, did not come to Heidelberg for biochemistry.

“I fell into it luckily,” she said laughing. “I originally wanted to be a chemistry teacher, but I was more interested in being in the lab. I love discovering new things and seeing what I can make happen.”

It turns out biochemistry was the perfect fit, and Blum is the first Heidelberg student to take every major chemistry class offered at Heidelberg.

Countdown to Commencement: Isaac Bwayo

May 5, 2017

Isaac Bwayo took a circuitous path to Heidelberg, following former soccer coach Ryan Carruth to the ‘Berg after spending two years at a community college in Arizona. You might think transferring to a university in the Midwest would be challenging, and it was. But for Isaac, it was nothing compared to his experience in a refugee camp.

Civil unrest forced Isaac from his native Uganda into the camp. Although he had an uncle and a brother with him, it was tough on the 10-year-old. “I just wanted to see my mom and my mom is not there,” he recalled.

Countdown to Commencement: Michelle Motil

May 4, 2017

During her own formative years, it was Michelle Motil’s dream to become a mature, well-educated and responsible adult. She’s well on her way, although it hasn’t been easy. She completely lost her eyesight at age 15. As if that wasn’t enough for a teenager to handle, a swimming accident in high school led to near-complete hearing loss.

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