November 11, 2011
November Student of the Month making a difference in people�s lives�
Hoping to make a difference in the lives of people on campus and in the
community, Cowley College sophomore Andrea Sweetwood is making the most
of her life. The student leader was recently recognized for her stellar
work on Cowley College’s main campus in Arkansas City by being
named the school’s November Student of the Month.
Sweetwood is the daughter of Scott and Renee Sweetwood of Arkansas City. Grandparents are Leland and Nancy Sweetwood, and Dale and Sharon Eggen of Arkansas City. She has a sister, Candace 12.
The Pre-Physical Therapy major is a member of the Cowley Activity Awareness Team (CAAT), where she is a student leader in promoting and assisting with awareness activities on campus and community services in the Arkansas City area.
“I enjoy making a difference not only on campus but in the community as well,” Sweetwood said.
She is also a member of Chi Alpha student fellowship and Phi Theta Kappa. She maintains a 4.0 grade point average and was on the President’s Honor Roll both semesters as a freshman.
Charlee Wilson, Director of Retention and Tutoring Services and sponsor of CAAT, is among the many staff members and instructors that have enjoyed getting to know Sweetwood.
“Andrea is a student leader in the classroom, on campus, and in the community,” Wilson said. “As a member of CAAT Andrea has taken on several leading roles within the group. Andrea has her head on straight. She is very goal oriented and has a clear vision of where she wants to go in life, and more importantly knows the steps she needs to take to reach those goals. She knows what is right. The motto for CAAT is, A Leader Knows, Shows, and Goes The Way. This motto exemplifies the path Andrea has chosen in her life.”
At Arkansas City High School, Sweetwood was involved in AC Players, FCA, National Honor Society, cross country, basketball, and track. While in high school, she made visits to Wichita State University, Kansas State University and the University of Kansas before deciding to attend Cowley.
“When I enrolled at Cowley I was really surprised by what a good fit it was for me,” Sweetwood said. “I am really glad I made the decision to come to Cowley.”
Being named the school’s November Student of the Month came as a surprise to Sweetwood, who will graduate from Cowley in December.
“I feel really honored that people think that I am doing good at the college,” Sweetwood said.
After graduating from Cowley College, Sweetwood plans to transfer to Kansas State University to earn a bachelor’s degree in Kinesiology and then apply to a Physical Therapy or Occupational Therapy school.
In high school, Sweetwood was not interested in the medical field. That is, until she got hurt running track and ended up having to do physical therapy.
“I got excited about learning how the body works,” Sweetwood said. “I hate needles, so physical therapy seemed like a good fit for me. This way I can help people and build relationships with them.”
Away from Cowley, Sweetwood is employed as a CNA at Medicalodge in Arkansas City.
“Working there has been one of the most rewarding experiences of my life,” Sweetwood said.
In her free time, Sweetwood is active at the First Baptist Church, where she takes part in bible studies and youth group.
After running in high school, Sweetwood still enjoys finding time to run. She plans to run in her first half marathon on Sunday, Nov. 20 in Kansas City, KS.
Once she is finished with her schooling, Sweetwood hopes to put her degrees to work.
“I really love working with kids and would like to do some type of pediatric work,” Sweetwood said.