When I was a high school senior, my family and I realized how expensive college would be. We looked at a variety of different schools, and I ultimately ended up torn between Bradley University and the University of Alabama. I received an Army ROTC scholarship to Bradley University and the University of Alabama, but ultimately I fell in love with Bradley. Since my freshman year, I wanted to be the commanding officer. This has been a goal of mine during my whole time at Bradley.
Now as a senior, I am the commanding officer of the ROTC program. I have learned so much about who I am and what style of leadership I want to have. I have had opportunities to go to additional training at Fort Knox, Kentucky. I met so many incredible people from all over the country! I have also gotten the opportunity to compete for a German Armed Forces Proficiency Badge, which I received a Gold.
I am extremely thankful for the leadership experience and opportunities the Army and the ROTC program has given to me. After I graduate in the spring, I will commission as a second lieutenant and go wherever the Army says! My top pick of a duty station is in Europe, so hopefully, I’ll get to go there for a few years.
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