Alumnus Kole Knutson graduated in 2011 and went to Texas State University and University of North Texas. While in high school Knutson played football, participated in track, STUCO and teen leadership.
What have you done after high school?
“I went to Texas State University and earned a bachelor’s degree in biology with a minor in biochemistry, and now I am going to school for my masters degree at the PA program at UNT Health Science Center in Fort worth,” Knutson said.
What made you want to do what you are doing now?
“I have always known I wanted to be in the medical field I just wasn’t sure what exact role I would fit best,” Knutson said. “I learned about Physician Assistants in college and thought it would be the best fit for me.”
What did you learn or experience in high school affect you in college and beyond?
“I think that I experienced some of my first tastes of adversity that lead to a strong work ethic,” Knutson said. “I also learned how to develop relationships with peers and teachers.”
Explain your job now.
“I am currently in school taking classes on clinical pathology and pharmacology,” Knutson said.
What are your plans for the future?
“When I graduate I will most likely work in primary care or in an emergency room setting,” Knutson said.
What is your advice to current high schoolers?
“Very cliche, but everything in high school seems like a big deal and it really isn’t,” Knutson said. “If you are going through hard times in high school my biggest advice is to work hard in school so you can get out of Mansfield and go to college. It will provide you a re-do if you don’t like your situation in high school. It swings the other way though too. If you think you are super cool or high school is just going really well for you, don’t get complacent. Believe me, you really don’t want to peak in high school. There are much better things in this world that you won’t get to experience if you only do well at this stage of your life.”