1. What made you decide to join the United States Army?
I originally joined the Army because I wanted to become a JAG (Judge Advocate General), but after my first experience at training I knew I loved what I was doing and couldn’t wait to become an officer to lead soldiers to fight for this country.
2. How do you balance school and being in the United States Army?
I’m not going to lie but it’s really tough! ROTC is like a separate major when it comes to school. I have PT in the mornings, planning for training events, which is time consuming and demanding, Training days, Drill 1 weekend a month and Staff Calls, plus my class load on top of that. You have to be really dedicated and always on top of your work. I believe it only helps us in the long run because it teaches us to be more organized and responsible. There had been many nights I have locked myself in the library for hours on to catch up on all the things that go with being a student and a Soldier.
3. How does your military experience help you in your studies and vice versa?
It teaches me to be more discipline in my work, I don’t miss deadlines or turn in homework late, and my ability to multi task is amazing! It also shows me the importance of being responsible which I will use throughout my entire life.
4. Why did you choose to go UW-Whitewater for your education?
To be honest, I transferred to UW-Whitewater the middle of my freshman year of college from a private school in Iowa. I didn’t know much about the University except that my uncle graduated from here and told me it was a great school. I transferred on a whim and am so glad I did. The University has amazing opportunities and professors that are willing to help in every aspect of education.
5. What do you like most about your work with the U.S. Army? School?
The best part about working in the army is the feeling of accomplishment I get after achieving a goal that I knew would be difficult. I have had so many opportunities with the army so far in my career like traveling to training over the summers and a trip to Africa to learn about the culture, that I cant wait to see what’s next.