After four years at Highland, and being involved in numerous activities such as student council and the National Honor’s Society, Kylie Wood is ready to move onto Iowa State University where she hopes to study pre-diet and exercise science and use her degree to become a dietitian in the future.
The education she received at Highland, she said, helped prepare her for her future because she learned skills that reach beyond books smarts, such as leadership and responsibility, through the extracurricular activities she participated in.
“I think that my education here is basically whatever you put into it is what you get out, and I think I put in enough to get out what I thought I needed in the future to be successful,” she said.
She said there was no lack of activities or opportunities at Highland, which helped her succeed. She does, however, feel there is a lack of opportunities in the Riverside area.
After graduating from college, Wood would like to return to the area but said she is not sure if there are job opportunities available.
“It’s based all on my career and wherever a career opportunity is,” she said of where she may reside post-college. “So if I got an opportunity here, then I would definetly come back rather than leave.”
Her advice to graduates is simple: treasure every moment.
The Highland Community High School class of 2019 will graduate Sunday, May 19, at 1:30 p.m.