Ready to help others

NAME: Johanna Kluck 
HOMETOWN: Bruning, Nebraska
MAJOR: Environmental science and studies

INVOLVEMENT ON CAMPUS: Wind Ensemble, Tri-Beta, Service Trips

WHY DID YOU CHOOSE WARTBURG: A former science professor from Wartburg, Peg Tilgner, is from the same area that I am, and when she moved back after leaving Wartburg, she was instrumental in my science education and ultimately my college decision. 

HOW DID YOU DECIDE ON YOUR MAJOR: I attended many science camps through the University of Nebraska when I was in middle and high school. The camps centered around environmental issues were usually most interesting to me, and I wanted to pursue an education that would allow me to learn more about these topics.  

WHAT ARE YOUR PLANS AFTER GRADUATION: I will be attending Duke University to pursue a master’s degree in ecotoxicology and environmental health.

WHERE DO YOU SEE YOURSELF IN FIVE YEARS: Helping those in third world countries by improving their quality of life through my research examining how environmental toxins are negatively affecting them.  

Johanna Kluck

HOW DID WARTBURG PREPARE YOU FOR YOUR NEXT STEP: Wartburg has given me a strong environmental and biological education, while allowing me to take other classes outside of my major that have furthered my knowledge in broader topics that will undoubtedly come in handy down the road.  

DID YOU DO ANY RESEARCH AT WARTBURG: Last year, I studied the life cycle and leaf metrics of Hydrophyllum virginianum, and this year I was part of a team that investigated the effects of benzene exposure on the progression of acute myeloid leukemia in Drosophilla. 

DO YOU HAVE ANY MENTORS ON CAMPUS: Jette Irgens, my supervisor in the Writing Lab, has been a wonderful mentor over the years and has left a longstanding impact on the way I view being a role model and helping others. She always gives it her all as a supervisor and would drop what she was doing to help you if you needed it. I am forever grateful I’ve had the opportunity to work for her. 

WHAT IS THE ONE THING YOU NEVER IMAGINED YOU WOULD DO BEFORE COMING TO WARTBURG: Lead a service trip to Texas to help with hurricane relief. 

WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE WARTBURG MEMORY: Hiking and exploring a nearby nature preserve with my host family in Eisenach, Germany, while touring with the Wind Ensemble freshman year.

WHAT DO YOU LIKE MOST ABOUT CAMPUS LIFE: Everything is so close! I can walk from my room in Knights Village to my classes in the Science Center in less than seven minutes. 

WHAT ADVICE DO YOU HAVE FOR CURRENT STUDENTS: Enjoy where you are right now, but don’t look back with regret or forward with fear. Learn from your mistakes and you can anticipate greatness.