Hi friends! I just got home from camp and I’m headed off to California tomorrow (!!!) but I’d like to take this post to talk about my plans for the future. This is something I’ve been wanting to talk about for quite a while. I’m sure you are all shocked by the title!!
It’s true. After I graduate from Michigan Tech University (double major in electrical engineering and mathematics), I’ll be an officer in the United States Air Force. I’m doing the AFROTC program and have received a full scholarship.
Me in the military?! It all started last May when I went to a summer camp at West Point Military Academy. I didn’t want to go at all – me in the army?? um definitely not. – but after a week of getting yelled at, working out, and meeting so many people, I realized that I knew what I wanted to do with my life. I’ve never had the feeling of knowing what my calling is, but there, I did. I could tell that it’s what I was meant to do. It was calming. I loved everything about it from marching, yelling cadences, uniforms, and feeling like a real part of American history.
Getting back from West Point, I was dead set on it. But then I realized I should take a look at my other military options as well. After doing more research on all the branches, I decided that the Air Force would be the best fit for me. Michigan Tech, the school I always wanted to go to, has a very good AFROTC program. I applied for the national scholarship. The few months of waiting were some of the most stressful times of my life, considering it was also near the end of my senior year so there was so much going on.
I received my scholarship letter and my acceptance to West Point. And then I had a big decision to make. The United States Military Academy, one of the most prestigious schools in the country and with so much history and so many famous graduates, or the school I always dreamed of?
In the end, I chose Michigan Tech. I still wanted to have a somewhat normal college experience, and I think doing ROTC will allow me to.
Though I’m not going to West Point, I still love it and hope to go back to visit someday. It’s absolutely beautiful there. I am so honored to be accepted, but I didn’t know if it was right for me. I hope whoever took my spot is so happy to be there. I will always wonder what I will have missed out on by not going to West Point, but I can’t spend my life wondering. I made a choice, and I have to live with it.
I’ll be heading out in a couple weeks to move into my dorm! I can’t even say how excited I am. This is the rest of my life starting. I am really hoping to be a little more regular with blogging though I know I say that in every post! I just had to renew my web hosting, so I know that The Yooper Girl will be up for at least three more years 😊 talk to you all soon!