Time for an update! Senior year has been great so far. My international security courses, including Small Wars and The European Union, are captivating and relevant. I’m working for OU IT and a veterinary clinic in Norman, and I’m preparing for the Air Force after graduation. Since freshman year, the military has called to me, but I was still adjusting to life at college and wasn’t sure about it. Every year after that, I researched the branches, spoke to enlisted friends, and considered my options. In the end, finishing my degree before enlisting was most rational, and I chose the Air Force in the hopes of flying planes in the future.
To prepare, I’ve been visiting the Sarkeys Fitness Center at OU regularly. Military physical fitness tests (PFT) require a fast 1.5 mile run, pushups, and sit-ups. Nothing crazy, but you’ve got to do well on those three components. Before I locked in my decision to enlist, exercise was more of a hobby for me, and now it’s a routine. My days also consist of studying for the ASVAB (Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery) test. The ASVAB is used to gauge your knowledge of pretty much everything in order to narrow down your strengths for career placement. To increase placement variety, you want to score well.
Aside from concrete goals, I’ve prioritized sleeping adequately, eating well, and enjoying time with good people. I just had my 22nd birthday, and it made me realize that I must enjoy life as much as possible. There’s no time to pursue things unless they make me happy or lead me to my goals. The future excites me, and as always, I must thank the University of Oklahoma and the Global Engagement Fellowship Program for all of the adventure and opportunities for growth that they’ve given me.