"Reach out to people in the career fields you are interested in. A quick conversation can tell you a lot."
As a business major, my senior year capstone project involved creating my own company to include a full business plan, a 60 second commercial, and a final presentation to a board of investors.
My career roadmap has been somewhat defined.
As a kid I really had no clue what I wanted to be when I grew up. Because I enjoyed working with my hands, as I aged I decided I should look into careers involving some kind of trade.
At AOC, I remember going through lists of potential careers and narrowing them down. I started to make my own lists of the kind of life I wanted to live and tried to find what career would fit well.
I began to pursue a career in the military my sophomore year of high school. Until I learned about the Air Force Academy, I had no idea that one could be in the military and earn a degree at the same time.
I couldn’t believe how many opportunities the military has to offer. After completing the extensive application process, I was accepted to join the class of 2019. I wanted to be an engineer but I wasn’t sure which major was right for me.
At the Academy, all freshmen take a class called “Soaring” where they fly four times in a glider (a plane with no engine!). I was hooked instantly.
After speaking with multiple upperclassmen cadets in all different majors, I wasn’t sure if an engineering degree was right for me. I remembered taking Virtual Enterprise at AOC and it was one of my favorite classes. I declared business and absolutely loved it.
I became a glider instructor my sophomore year of college with the goal of becoming a military pilot after graduation.
Here are my extracurriculars relevant to this pathway
DURING MY AOC CAREER
Students Off And Running (SOAR) marathon team
National Honors Society
Treat Server at Rita’s Water Ice
DURING MY COLLEGE CAREER
Soaring Instructor Pilot
Shadowing Air Force officers and pilots
What I'm currently doing/hope to do
After my graduation and commission as a 2nd Lieutenant, I moved to Mississippi to start pilot training in August of 2019. I am currently in phase one of three and I couldn’t be happier! My job includes waking up before the sunrise to prepare for a flight with an instructor, flying the mission, and returning to base to be further evaluated. It’s stressful and tedious, but well worth it. I will graduate pilot training in 2021 and I hope to become a fighter pilot.
How to maximize your AOC experience?
Advice #1: Make a list of activities you like to do. I guarantee there is a career that has some, if not all of those things.
Advice #2: Be as open-minded as possible.
Advice #3: Reach out to people in the career fields you are interested in. A quick conversation can tell you a lot.