When I graduated high school, I decided that I would not be satisfied with a boring life. So what did I do? I joined the Army. While this was a bit extreme, it was by far the best decision of my entire life. My experiences with the Army have provided me with countless life lessons that guide me through my decisions every single day. Giving me the work ethic and energy levels that I need to maintain an adventure full life, I have now taken on more than I ever thought possible.
My job in the Army is a serving as a crew chief on a blackhawk helicopter. I am still training and I have a ton to learn but the guidance that I have received can be matched to none. I also serve as a soldier in the Honor Guard. It is the Honor Guard that provides funeral honors services to fallen soldiers and deceased veterans. This has been amongst the most humbling of experiences. I also recently finished my freshman year as a finance major. The Army taught me that if I am going to take something on, take it on to the fullest extent. By applying this method to school, I was able to finish out my first year with a 3.91 GPA. This was by far the best I have ever done as a student. It was while at school that I had an awesome encounter with the assistant dean of the business college who offered me a job as an administrative assistant in the deans office. This opened up a substantial amount of opportunities for me such as tax related volunteer work and awesome connections throughout the school. By the age of 20, I have been fortunate enough to take on so much, all of which have their own unique benefits.
What makes this special is not what I’ve accomplished but that I am about as normal as anyone. I am a 5.6 white guy who was just your average high schooler stemming from a middle class family. Yet when I graduated, I said no to the mundane and have been working to take on as much as possible ever since. I am walking proof that anyone can take on the world and win. All that is required is some ambition and the ability to become a morning person (something I struggle with to this day.)