Michael Reuter ’17 of Perry is like the Energizer bunny. He just keeps going, in academics, in athletics and in campus involvement.
One of the reasons Michael chose Simpson was for the opportunity to compete on the men’s swim team, something he did all four years of his education.
“The sport taught me a lot about dedication and provided a good opportunity to practice managing time effectively,” he said. “Additionally, I had many fantastic opportunities for travel and made lifelong friends through the sport.”
When he wasn’t in the pool or in class, Michael could be found in the residence halls as a community advisor or a program assistant for Residence Life during his junior and senior years. While most of the job requires helping younger students, the experience was as much for Michael as it was for the residents.
“The chance to be a role model for younger students and help them at the start of their college journey was something I really enjoyed,” he said.
Still more of Michael’s Simpson experience stemmed from his academics, like chances to travel, either for classes or service. During May term his junior year, he studied in Israel and Jordan to learn about culture and religion in the Middle East. But his journeys don’t stop there.
“I also have fond memories of going out to explore Washington, D.C., during free time when I was there for May Term my sophomore year,” Michael said. “During my junior year, I had a lot of fun meeting Simpson students and traveling around New Orleans during an RLC Spring Break service trip there.”
As if all these things aren’t impressive enough, Michael’s still not done. Since the end of his freshman year, he has held multiple internships at the Des Moines Area Regional Transit Authority and Principal Financial Group.
“These experiences gave me work experience that I could combine with my education,” he said.
The combination of all of Michael’s experiences, he thinks, is what landed him a job as an IT system engineer at Cerner Corporation in Kansas City after graduation with degrees in computer information systems and management. What’s more is he made lifelong friends along the way.
“Although there are students from across the country and around the world, it is very easy to make friends and it’s easy to forget you haven’t known them your whole life,” he said.