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.
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."
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."
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
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."
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."
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
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."
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
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?"
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.
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."
plan to attend a post-baccalaurreate program for Medicine in the D.C.
area, then apply to medical school in Bay Area, Calif."
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."
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."
will begining 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."
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."
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."
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."
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."
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."
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."
was awarded a Via Fellowship to Virginia Tech for the study of structural
engineering from May 2003 to December 2004."