It's a time of excitement and trepidation as graduating seniors prepare to move to the next phase in their lives - be it graduate school, the military or a job somewhere out there.
Here's what some Citadel seniors, who graduate Saturday, May 10, say they are planning to do once they leave life as a cadet behind.
"I'm a Naval midshipmen and I am going into Naval aviation when I graduate. I am working on a degree in history and I believe that what really defines the Class of 2003 is the number of positive changes we've accomplished and the many activities we have "re-instated." I think we have had the strongest senior class since my knob year in 1999 here on campus -- instituting junior blazers, paving the sophomore parking lot, and creating a much nicer food quality in the mess hall."
"My after-graduation plans are to move to Dahlgren, Va., in June and begin work as an engineer at the Naval Surface Warfare Center, a military research lab under the Department of the Navy. I will also be commissioned into the Army National Guard as a second lieutenant and will be a platoon leader in the 229th Engineer Battalion based out of Fredericksburg, Va. I also plan to work part-time on my master's in electrical engineering through Virginia Tech's distance learning program."
"After graduation, I will be entering the Ph.D. program in political science at the University of Missouri. After completion of the political science degree I hope to commission as a very well educated Air Warning and Control(AWACs) Officer in the United States Air Force. The most important thing I have learned since coming to The Citadel is to work as hard as I can until the job is finished. It doesn't necessarily, mean anything if you finish first or last. When you look at yourself in the mirror in the morning and you can tell yourself, "I gave everything I had, and stayed the course."
"After graduation I will be attending the University of Durham (Northern England) to work on a law degree emphasizing international trade laws and policies of the European Union. Upon completion of that degree I plan to begin practicing law in England while working on a master's degree specializing in iternational finance."
"I am going to work as an engineer in Marietta, Ga. I will eventually pursue a master's degree in engineering, but after a couple of years experience in the field."
"I will be attending MUSC next year to join the Masters in Healthcare Administration program. This program is 18 months; and so, I will be graduating two years from May."
"After graduation I am going to do some Army reserve training during the summer. In August I will be moving to New Orleans to be a nanny, writer, and graduate student at the University of New Orleans. My experience at The Citadel has gotten better every year. I've learned many lessons in and outside of the classroom. I plan on using my people, leadership and time manangement skills for the rest of my life. I will always hold The Citadel in the highest regard. God bless the Class of 2003."
"I am going to be leading backpacking, kayaking, and rock climbing trips at McCall RA Camp this summer. In the fall, I plan on working somewhere in Columbia and then in the spring I'm going to be attending Southwestern Theological Seminary in Fort Worth, Texas, where I'll get my Masters of Divinity. I am not positive right now what part of the ministry I am going to go into but I am probably going to go in the mission field somewhere."
"I will be commissioned in the United States Marine Corps. I will attend the Basic School in Quantico, Va., and hope to become an infantry officer. I plan on attending graduate school in civil engineering through the Marine Corps. When I get out of the Marine Corps I plan on going into construction management."
"I will be working for Congressman James Clyburn and (Charleston) Mayor Joe Riley's office and re-election campaign. I will be attending law school next August and my long range goal is to be mayor of Charleston. Let me know if you need my write up regarding your first email that was sent eariler in the year?"
"I will be working in Charleston over the summer to save some cash before I head to my Officers Basic Course (OBC) for the Army. I will be leaving for OBC on November 18 and heading for Ft. Gordon in Augusta, Ga. After completing OBC, I plan on returning to Charleston to apply for a job in hospital administration. I plan on attending graduate school at MUSC or The Citadel in the fall of 2004.
"After graduation, I plan on taking some time off and work and in January 2004 start grad school at N.C. State to study meteorology. After completion from there, I'm going into the Air Force for four years. My initial plan in the Air Force is to join the 53rd Weather Reconnaissance Squadron, more commonly known as the Hurricane Hunters."
"I plan to attend a post-baccalaurreate program for Medicine in the D.C. area, then apply to medical school in Bay Area, Calif."
"I am commissioning into the Air Force and will be a logistics officer. I am assigned to McGuire AFB in Wrightstown, N.J. for at least the next three years and plan to attend grad school within that time. I plan to stay in the Air Force. I am getting married next July."
"My immediate plans are to attend law school this coming August at the University of South Carolina. After graduating with the law school's class of 2006, my plans are to enter the workforce and specialize in the areas of educational, commercial, and/or corporate law."
"I will beginning the final portion of my law enforcement training on May 31. The training lasts nine weeks. Upon graduation, I will be working as a deputy with Charleston County Sheriff's Office."
"I plan to attend MUSC..I then plan to continue in a surgical residency for the following six years and become a liscenced surgeon. I plan to practice in the Charleston area and do several medical mission trips over seas."
"I'm being commissioned as a second lieutenant. in the Air Force and will report to Shaw AFB, Sumter, S.C., on the 8th of June as a services officer. I am hoping to begin getting my masters after I've been in the Air Force after a half a year or so."
"I plan on commissioning into the S.C. National Guard to fly Apache attack helicopters, my flight physical is still pending. Hopefully it will work out, as three other members from the Class of 03 will be flying for the same unit. Upon completion of flight school I hope to gain acceptance to law school at USC, Mercer, or Duke."
"After graduation, I will attend MUSC Dental School and hopefully become an oral surgeon. The Citadel provides all the ingredients that enable a cadet to learn and grow. However, I strongly believe that The Citadel experince is only as good as each cadet chooses to make it. In other words, 'you get out what you put in.' One of the greatest benefits I will take from this school is the friendships I have made over my four years."
"I have accepted a job at Synnex Information Technologies, Inc. in Greenville, S.C. Synnex is the third largest distribution company for computer components and peripherals in the world. They have had 61 straight successful and profitable quarters in a row. I will work in internal sales in the government sector. (Basically I will sell to companies that sell to the government). I will get married on June 6, 2003 to Carrie Summers Powell at Summeral Chapel. I will move to Greer, S.C., and start work on May 12th."
"I will be commissioning into the Army...June 9 through July 19 I'll be stationed at Ft. Knox working at the Leadership Training Course and then will go to Ft. Eustis for the Officer Basic Course. After that I will be sent to my first unit in Germany for about two to three years."
"I was awarded a Via Fellowship to Virginia Tech for the study of structural engineering from May 2003 to December 2004."