We asked our students why they like KCOM. Here is what they have to say about . . .

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Community

ATSU-KCOM student Jared Engles

“Kirksville offers a lot of small-town activities, and it really makes you feel like you are part of the community here outside of the school.”
- Jared E.

ATSU-KCOM student Laura Ceriotti

“The square is one of my favorite places to shop and to walk around in Kirksville. It has some cute little shops and some good places to eat!”
- Laura C.

ATSU-KCOM student Jason Kunz

“I like the small-town hospitality and service along with the diversity and variety of the many food and shopping options.”
- Jason K.

ATSU-KCOM student Ernest Wong

“The great thing about Kirksville is the Farmer’s Market every fall with themed festivals scattered throughout the year, where you get to buy fresh organic produce and products made by local artisans around the area. In addition, during the spring, they have music on the town square every Friday evening where residents gather around the city hall building listening to live musicians entertain the night away.”
- Ernest W.

ATSU-KCOM student Megan Radmer

“I love the small-town atmosphere because it gives me things to do, but I am not distracted all the time.”
- Megan R.

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Cost of Living

ATSU-KCOM student Andee Wilson

“Since medical students live off of loans, it is nice to live in an area where gas is among the cheapest in the country, housing is affordable, and the local farmer’s market gives you cheap options to eat healthy.”
- Andee W.

ATSU-KCOM student Michael Kabonic

“The cost of living here is extremely low. I believe you would be hard pressed to find anywhere else where you get so much for the price.”
- Michael K.

ATSU-KCOM student Esther Rhee

“My apartment rent and utilities were reduced by half when I moved to Kirksville. Also, with everything in the near radius, I only have to fill up my gas tank once or twice per quarter. The cost of living in Kirksville is definitely student-friendly!”
- Esther R.

ATSU-KCOM student Krystin Engelhardt

“The cost of living in Kirksville takes a lot of pressure off of wondering how you are going to stretch your budget each month. It’s nice to know that you’ll have a little extra spending money to use when you’re not studying.”
- Krystin E.

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Diversity on Campus

ATSU-KCOM student Bryan Van Dyke

“There is a strong sense of camaraderie. Everyone is working together rather than competing against one another.”
- Bryan V.

ATSU-KCOM student Allison Schuessler

“I’ve been able to meet fantastic people from all parts of the country, which allows for great perspectives on different ways of life.”
- Allison S.

ATSU-KCOM student Ernest Wong

“Kirksville has a diverse student body that pulls students from all over the country, bringing their backgrounds and perspectives into a united common goal.”
- Ernest W.

“Even though there are people from all walks of life and every corner of the country, I still feel like I’m a part of a close-knit family. We all share common goals and know each other’s stresses and concerns.”
- Jacob M.

ATSU-KCOM student Esther Rhee

“Most of the diversity on campus comes from students having gathered from all over the country bringing different personalities, religions, perspectives and experiences. It adds a lot of flavor, love, and laughter to the everyday intensities of medical school.”
- Esther R.

ATSU-KCOM student Joe Heller

“There is a real mix of culture throughout the ATSU staff and the student body. To gain different perspectives on many issues helps us to grow as future physicians.”
- Joe H.

ATSU-KCOM student Ravi Talati

“Diversity provides learning opportunities. Each person is from a different background, religion, or state and has different ideas that allow us to understand something other than what we learn in class.”
- Ravi T.

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Housing

ATSU-KCOM student Travis Schamber

“I currently live in an apartment that is conveniently located so close to the school that I can walk to class every day. There is no substitute for the convenience of nice, affordable apartments close to campus.”
- Travis S.

ATSU-KCOM student Laura Ceriotti

“KCOM is fortunate to have many different housing options located close to campus. Whether you want a house or an apartment, to drive or walk to school, you will be able to find an affordable place to live in Kirksville.”
- Laura C.

ATSU-KCOM student Krystin Engelhardt

“I like student housing because it is so easy. I am close to school, I have my own space, and I didn’t have to worry about buying, moving, or selling furniture.”
- Krystin E.

ATSU-KCOM student Doug Richley

“The landlords are really perceptive to your needs.”
- Doug R.

ATSU-KCOM student Joe Heller

“Housing in Kirksville is very inexpensive, but that doesn’t translate into poor quality. It also seems as though no matter where you go, there are other students in the same neighborhood. It is kind of like your own community within the community.”
- Joe H.

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Local Attractions and Day Trips

ATSU-KCOM student Amanda Saraf

“West Winery in Macon is only 30 minutes away and a great escape from studying.”
- Amanda S.

ATSU-KCOM student Amy Hina

“My favorite day trips are to Columbia, MO. There you can find shopping, a lot of different restaurants, and a fun night life. Since Columbia is only 90 miles away, it makes for a fun break from medical school.”
- Amy H.

ATSU-KCOM student Andrew McFadden

“Hannibal is a fun place to see the Mississippi River as well as explore the Mark Twain Caves.”
- Andrew M.

ATSU-KCOM student Andee Wilson

“Thousand Hills State Park is a major perk to living in Kirksville. For those of us who like the country, the state park offers the opportunity to fish, canoe, swim, hike the trails, or just take the dog for a walk on a nice day.”
- Andee W.

ATSU-KCOM student Krystin Engelhardt

“I love the Farmer’s Market each weekend for produce and fresh baked bread. The craft fair was another great event that showcased the local art talent.”
- Krystin E.

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Significant Others and Families

ATSU-KCOM student Doug Richley

“My wife is involved in the SAA, which is an organization designed for the significant others of students. They provide many opportunities for them to meet new people and participate in various school related activities. Kirksville as a community is very welcoming to both students and their families.”
- Doug R.

ATSU-KCOM student Amy Hina

“KCOM is definitely family-friendly. Many of the benefits to the students are also open to their families, such as a free gym membership, invitations to picnics, and OTM clinics. KCOM understands how important it is to keep your family first!”
- Amy H.

ATSU-KCOM student Fred Korpi

“There are multiple opportunities for different jobs, and there are also all sorts of activities for significant others. My wife now loves Kirksville more than home!”
- Fred K.

ATSU-KCOM student Joe Heller

“Kirksville and ATSU are very accommodating to both families and significant others.”
- Joe H.

ATSU-KCOM student Ravi Talati

“I think the greatest strength of KCOM is their ability to integrate everyone into one family.”
- Ravi T.

ATSU-KCOM student Tyler Smith

“Whether it’s playing bunko, teaching a spin class, or just letting the kids play at the park, my family is continually supported by others and surrounded by close friends.”
- Tyler S.

ATSU-KCOM student Nathan A Miller

“Families will love the quiet atmosphere in Kirksville, ideal for raising a family. There is also a great spousal support network where the spouses of students can get together to share experiences that are unique to those who are married to a medical student.”
- Nathan M.

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Staying Active

ATSU-KCOM student Amanda Saraf

“ATSU’s Thompson Campus Center has plenty of aerobics classes, yoga, spin, breakdance; there is something for everyone.”
- Amanda S.

ATSU-KCOM student Brendon Holmes

“There are intramural sports being played every night of the week. The access to weights, cardio, and swimming facilities cannot be beat.”
- Brendon H.

ATSU-KCOM student Joe Heller

“My favorite thing to do is go to Thousand Hills park. There are trails to run on or bike if you choose. A new personal favorite of mine is renting a canoe and cruising the lake. I had never done this before and found I really enjoyed it!”
- Joe H.

ATSU-KCOM student Derek Ewell

“I like to go running and the city of Kirksville has numerous bike/running paths that are in great areas. With differing paths it allows varying scenic opportunities.”
- Derek E.

ATSU-KCOM student Desirae Nasrallah

“There are a lot of local races and many more within driving distance. Many of us have participated in marathons, half-marathons, and triathlons.”
- Desirae N.

ATSU-KCOM student Nathan A Miller

“The Aquatic Center is open year-round and is fun for the whole family.”
- Nathan M.

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Work Study Opportunities

ATSU-KCOM student Andrew Horine

“Working at the Thompson Campus Center has been a lot of fun. I get to meet all members of the KCOM campus that I normally would have missed.”
- Andrew H.

ATSU-KCOM student Ernest Wong

“The work-study opportunities afford a lot of opportunities to make a dent towards the amount borrowed for financial aid without compromising our precious study times.”
- Ernest W.

ATSU-KCOM student Joe Heller

“The work-study at ATSU is very accommodating. They are able to work around our hectic schedules and provide a scenario that works for us. Also the jobs are not overly demanding and do allow for some study opportunities.”
- Joe H.

ATSU-KCOM student Megan Radmer

“There are many options for work study, including the library and the Thompson Campus Center. These jobs are a great opportunity to study and interact with the student body.”
- Megan R.

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