There are many teenagers who love the idea of experiencing the big city life in college, who want to be amongst a large population of people and attend classes in large lecture halls with hundreds of other students. Howell senior Kylee Savage is not one of them
That life, she decided after making her college visits, just isn’t for her.
And so that’s why Savage ultimately elected to go to West Virginia Wesleyan College.
“It’s a very small school. It’s about half the size of Howell’s,” said the new women’s swim team commit. “The small school feel and the fact I can go to class with 16 other kids and the teacher knows my name and can help me was probably the biggest selling point.”
With an enrollment of 2,567 students, Howell is the largest school in Livingston County. With an enrollment of about 1,452 students, West Virginia Wesleyan is one of the smallest schools in West Virginia. Savage, who also briefly considered Cleveland State University, was thrilled about going to a college with about half as many students.
For the current Highlander, whose major she said will either be biomedical engineering or kinesiology, the tinier student body allows for more face-to-face time and interaction with the professors. And since academics were her utmost priority, the Division II school was the right fit.
She knew so immediately after visiting Cleveland State, a school with an enrollment of almost 17,000.
“At first, I kept my options open,” she said. “I did visit Cleveland State, which is in the city and is a very large school, and I found out I did not like the city or large school. I didn’t want to go into a lecture hall and it be me and 300 other students.”
When Wesleyan came into the picture, it quickly became the best option.
Not just for the at-home feel, she said, but, obviously, for the swim team.
When she heads to West Virginia in the fall, she will join the Bobcats and hopes to make an instant impact in both the 200-yard individual medley and the 100-yard backstroke, her two speciality races.
If her improvements at the tail-end of this past girls swim season at Howell are any indication, she just might be able to make that desired leap. After all, she managed to cut about eight seconds off of her time in the 200 IM to fifth in the Lakes Conference meet to hit the qualifying cut for states, and was already pretty good in the backstroke, which was evident by her third-place finish at the same event.
“That was my best meet of the season,” Savage said.
Her times at states weren’t quite as good, she admits. But still, it was an awesome experience.
“Since I already dropped almost eight seconds in one of my events, my coach (Kristyn Textor) wasn’t looking for me to drop any more,” Savage said. “She predicted I was gonna gain some time because it was such a large drop. But it was a great meet. I enjoyed it. I know my teammates enjoyed it.”
It was Savage’s last donning Howell’s colors. Now she trades it in for Wesleyan’s.
Of course, she’s pretty happy about that, too.
“The fact I got to sign early, that’s a relief off my shoulders. “I looked forward since I started my high school swimming career to signing with a school. But being able to actually sign and accomplish one of my goals, it was really cool. It was a pretty intense moment.”