Kelly Kaehler

Kelly Kaehler
Kelly Kaehler

Kelly Kaehler is a graduating senior (May 2018, Social Work.) So this is a season of looking forward to the future and reflecting back on accomplishments.

One of her proudest accomplishments is being the first member of her family to graduate from college.

When asked about her greatest challenges at Miami, Kelly did not hesitate in her reply, “Miami Plan! Algebra and Spanish.” Algebra was a particular challenge with a couple of unsuccessful attempts. It was not until she took Algebra (MTH 101) with a paired Study Skills course (EDT 110r) that she was successful. After completing MTH 101, Kelly took MTH 102 and completed it her first attempt. Then she continued on through Stat 261, the Miami Plan requirement for her major.

Another challenge she had when she started at Miami was having social anxiety, but she had to overcome that and sit in the front of the classroom because of hearing issues.

Her greatest moments of satisfaction at Miami were the “Aha” moments that followed a period of struggle with a concept or idea. When she finally, “Got it!” it was very satisfying.  

When asked what advice she would give to incoming students, she said, “Spend at least 2 hours studying every day. Last minute does not work in college. You need to look ahead at future assignments. You don’t know how many hours it will take to get them done if you don’t look at them and plan ahead.”

Kelly is currently doing an internship with ViaQuest Hospice, in addition to her school and family responsibilities. (Kelly is a parent.) Her supervisor at ViaQuest Hospice says, “Kelly is doing a great job,... She has been an asset to our hospice team.”

Looking ahead, Kelly plans to continue her internship into next semester. After graduation in May, she plans to attend graduate school to obtain a Master’s degree in Social Work.