With the help of Kirkwood Community College, Tracey Wylie sees learning in a whole new light. “I look at education as something that I can conquer now versus an unattainable goal,” she said.
Not only has Wylie conquered education, she has excelled while doing it. Wylie, along with three other Kirkwood students has been named to the All-Iowa Academic Team. Phi Theta Kappa, USA TODAY, and the American Association of Community Colleges sponsor the All-USA Academic Team program annually. To be eligible, students must have a minimum of a 3.25 cumulative GPA and be eligible to graduate with an associate degree. Wylie, along with three other Kirkwood students has been named to the All-Iowa Academic Team.
Wylie attributes her success to Kirkwood for a few key reasons. “Kirkwood has helped me succeed by having available teachers, smaller class sizes, important transferable classes, and abundant resources of information if needed,” Wylie said.
Wylie is heavily involved in the Iowa City chapter of Phi Theta Kappa and is attending the PTK International convention in April. She also tutors peers in chemistry in her free time.
Wylie has received outstanding support from her loved ones while continuing her education. “My ‘heroes’ are my family that have supported me in numerous ways that made returning to school possible. Also, the friends that have encouraged me and endured through study/exam freak out sessions,” Wylie said.
Ultimately, Wylie realizes that all of her hard work has paid off. “Being named to the All-Iowa Academic team is an honor to receive. It enables me to show the dedication to educational success that I have, as well as create scholarship opportunities as I continue my education,” she said.
Wylie’s future plan is to be a pharmacist. Although she has accomplished a lot already, she says her proudest day will be when her children graduate from high school. “[In 2018 I’ll be] most proud that all my kids have graduated high school,” Wylie said.