Hannah Sunderman

Hannah Sunderman improves lives through medical and ambassador experience

Throughout high school, Hannah learned she wanted to enter the medical field in some way. She always enjoyed anatomy classes. Hannah had the opportunity in high school to shadow medical professionals, and those experiences pushed her further toward her current field. She discovered that majoring in kinesiology at Iowa State combines her interest in human anatomy and her desire to help others.

Hannah aspires to be a cardiac rehabilitation specialist after she graduates. A cardiac rehabilitation specialist helps patients who have undergone heart stress to recover, getting back to their true selves.

“It’s like physical therapy, but for people who have had a stroke or cardiac arrest,” Hannah said. “[Patients] work out monitored in a hospital setting, and we make sure they don’t overexert themselves.”

Hannah had the opportunity to do a pre-internship through her KIN 258 class. After applying on a whim, she earned the opportunity to work a volunteer position for the Story County Medical Center in Nevada, Iowa. Hannah enjoyed being able to work with real patients during her very first semester at Iowa State.

“My favorite part was being able to work with patients and talking with them, being able to encourage them in their exercise,” Hannah said.

Aside from her kinesiology studies and hands-on field work, Hannah is also involved as a College of Human Sciences Ambassador working with future Iowa State students and their families who visit campus.

“I like being able to talk to prospective students and help them decide on their major, and what is a good fit for them,” Hannah said.

Whether Hannah is helping a patient recover from a heart injury, or guiding an incoming student to their perfect major, Hannah takes pride in improving the lives of others.

“Here, you’re working towards something to better people’s lives,” Hannah said.