Like many college seniors, University of Northern Iowa student Micah Webb doesn’t know exactly what she wants to do when she graduates. She does know one thing -- she wants to work with kids.
After serving as a gymnastics coach at Ruby’s Gymnastics in Cedar Falls and mentoring at a local church, Webb, a Psychology major from Nashua, Iowa, came to the realization that her future career needs to involve helping kids.
“I know that I really want to work with kids,” said Webb. “It has all happened recently that I have developed a passion to help kids. I want to help them in any way that I can. Kids are dear to my heart, and I wish that I could have had that when I was that age. I just think that having a good foundation when you are younger will really help you become a better-rounded person.”
Webb’s own childhood was halted when she was 16. Webb, who grew up in a single parent home, saw the mother who cared for her suffer a brain aneurism while she was in high school. Her mother had just a 25 percent chance of survival when doctors discovered the aneurism. Spending part of her time in Iowa City with her mother while juggling her high school studies forced Webb to grow up and learn how to take care of herself.
Webb’s mother survived, but she still faces health issues. Besides an aneurism, doctors also found a cyst on her brain, and she suffers from memory loss and narcolepsy. Webb’s mother was placed on disability because of her health issues, making her daughter’s college education a tough bill to pay.
Webb’s financial burden was lessened when she received the Alderman Scholarship.
“There are a lot of people who need financial help to go to college,” Webb said. “There are people, like me, whose parents don’t have the means to send their children to college.”
Webb has taken full advantage of her opportunities at UNI. She is a member of Psi Chi, a psychology honor society that requires members to be in the top 35 percent of their class, and is part of the Psychology Club. In addition, she is a Social and Behavioral Representative (SABR). SABRs promote the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences and serve as ambassadors to prospective students and external constituents.
“College was always my goal because I wanted to create a successful life for myself,” Webb said. “The money that people gave helps so much. It is a relief to be able to focus on school because that is my number one priority.”
Webb plans to attend grad school before beginning a career counseling kids or as a Child Life Specialist. If you are interested in providing scholarship for students like her, please visit uni-foundation.org.