A learning disability slows UNI junior Ben Kribs down. It doesn’t stop him from accomplishing his goals.
School has never been easy for Kribs, as it takes the Naperville, Ill., native two to three times longer than the average college student to complete his homework or exams. However, through the help of social workers and advisors at UNI, Kribs has found the right fit in Cedar Falls.
“I have to put in so much extra time, stay in after class, schedule extended test times, and make appointments with teacher,” said Kribs.
Going to college was just something that I had to do, that’s how it is. I get excited when I hear about all of these things I can do. That’s why I want to continue my education with a master’s degree, possibly a doctorate. It’s one of those stepping stones in life.”
Kribs is a social work major with a family services minor at UNI. He choose this path because of his desire to help others. Kribs spends his time outside of class helping others with disabilities. He serves as a state worker for an individual with a disability, works at the Dupage Special Recreation Association and coaches softball for the Special Olympics.
“It’s more than just a job for me, it’s changing people's lives,” Kribs said. “You're never going to find someone who enjoys life more than the kids I work with. So for you to really enjoy life, I firmly believe you need to do something for other people. You need to help others to see the goodness in you.”
Kribs is the recipient of the Alderman Scholarship, which assists needy, worthy and appreciative students within the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences.
“When I received the scholarship it was like the hard work paid off, and I was being rewarded for something,” said Kribs. “It was absolutely amazing. I shed a couple of tears.”
If you are interested in making a difference in the lives of students like Kribs, please visit uni-foundation.org.
“It's life changing -- the support UNI has given me and the opportunities they will continue to give me,” Kribs said. “Words can’t describe how thankful I am. This school has given me so much.”