Name: Miranda Kober
Role: Admissions Counselor/RN to BSN Academic Success Coach – and SC Graduate!
Hometown: Hutchinson, Kansas
Hobbies: Being outside, going on walks, crafting, cooking, and decorating.
Accomplishment I’m most proud of: Being the first in my family to graduate from high school, and the first to go to college and graduate.
Degree: B.A. in Human Resource Development from Southwestern College Professional Studies
If I could travel anywhere in the world, I’d pick: I love the water, so I would have to say the Maldives, or Bora Bora.
Someone who inspires me: Rachel Hollis
Guilty Pleasure: Sweets
Family: Wife for almost 9 years to my husband Tony and mother to our four children (three boys and one girl) who range in ages eight to 18 months.
If anyone knows the obstacles facing adult learners, it’s Southwestern College Admissions Counselor and RN to BSN Academic Success Coach Miranda Kober. The first in her family to graduate from high school, Miranda understood the importance of education at a young age. That’s why, in spite of the challenges she knew she would face being the wife of an airman and mother of two young children, she set out to earn her degree from Southwestern College Professional Studies in 2011.
“It was difficult juggling motherhood, being a wife and trying to be a full-time student since I took 18 credits a semester here,” she says. “I learned a good routine and managed my time in a way that I didn’t sacrifice time with my children. I would really focus on reading and homework while they were asleep which helped me maintain A’s for the most part.”
Miranda graduated in 2013 with her bachelor’s degree in human resource development and soon after accepted a position working in admissions at a for-profit college. But she admittedly became unhappy with some of the practices of the for-profit higher education culture and jumped at the chance to work at Professional Studies when an admissions counselor position opened up in 2016.
“In the for-profit world it was more about the enrolling even when it may not have been in the best interest of the student, which was really hard to handle after a while. A non-profit college feels more honest and student-based which is something I enjoy more. As a graduate of Southwestern, I knew how the school took care of its students and I was excited to have the opportunity to help adult learners achieve the same goals I had.”
In 2017, after the birth of her fourth child, a position was created at Professional Studies that seemed to fit Miranda perfectly. She would keep her position as an admissions counselor in addition to assuming the role as the RN to BSN academic success coach. Having previously aspired to become a nurse herself, she was thrilled to have the chance to work more closely with the nursing students.
“I really enjoy getting them started in their education journey and I wanted to take it a step further and work with students up to the point of graduation. I have always found the medical field fascinating. I get to hear the different stories from my nursing students and I know how hard they work in their field. I’m happy to be able to help them on the educational side.”
Miranda’s passion for working with her learners on a personal level makes her stand out as a coach. She takes pride in being one of their biggest advocates, supporting them throughout their journal toward graduation and reminding them of their potential and abilities when they face challenges that come with being working adult learners.
“My students are the reason I come to work. Nothing makes my day like having a student send me an email with a passing grade to their class and getting to hear their excitement for doing well in a class when they were struggling with different factors outside of their coursework.”
Miranda resides in Wichita and enjoys spending time with her husband and four children outdoors and traveling when she gets the chance.