The Citadel

The Military College of South Carolina


Chelsea (Marsh) Achterberg

Corps Grad ’13

Chelsea MarshI am currently serving as the Vicar at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Santa Monica, California, in conjunction with a pastoral internship through Lutheran Theological Southern Seminary (LTSS) in Columbia, South Carolina. I am one of two students receiving a national full-tuition scholarship at LTSS for my graduating year. I am a candidate for ordained ministry in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America and a Chaplain Candidate in the U.S. Army Reserves. Since graduating, I have found a love of marathons with a Citadel classmate and triathlons with my spouse.

What is your favorite memory from The Citadel?
My favorite memories at The Citadel are a collection of recognition day memories. My own long, crazy recognition day as a knob with my classmates; helping seniors with towels as a sophomore; doing pushups with one of my roommate’s mentees as a junior; and doing field activities with the knobs as a senior. They are moments that embody the camaraderie of The Citadel and the shared experiences you enjoy with all of the Long Gray Line.

How do you think your experience at The Citadel got you to where you are now?
The Citadel opened a lot of doors to opportunities that prepared me for ministry, graduate school and life as an Army Reservist. I held cadet positions in victim advocacy, operations and ministry. While a cadet, I was offered a job by an Alumnus to work in victim advocacy, I met two military chief of chaplains in two years, and was inducted into an academic honor society. Those credentials resulted in my being awarded one of sixteen national full-scholarships for seminary. The Citadel has allowed me to stand out in a crowded field and prepared me to excel in it.

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