The Citadel

The Military College of South Carolina

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Kellie Anderson

Corps Grad ’15

Kellie AndersonDuring my time at The Citadel, I was a double major of business and English. Upon graduation, I accepted a position with KCI Technologies, a subcontractor for Duke Energy, in Charlotte. To put it simply, I inspect power lines now. I approve and deny permits for joint use; I draft and design the drawings for the crew; I order materials; I am in the process of making a training book for our group. Essentially, I do whatever the team needs me to. I work in a wonderful atmosphere, with amazing bosses, and while I have only been here a little over seven months, I already made a decision to make it as far as my path allows with these companies. In other words, the future looks bright and I cannot wait to see what it holds.

What about your time at The Citadel had the most positive impact on your career or life?
Recently, I was asked by someone with the potential to drastically impact my career, “I bet going to The Citadel gives you quite a confidence?” My answer: “Not for me. Yes, I gained confidence, but the true prize was a comfort with myself.” Because of positions I have held, I was forced out of my comfort zone. Because of decisions I have made, I found out how I react under pressure. But most importantly, I found out that I can. I can do anything I put my mind to. People are always so impressed when they hear, that I “survived The Citadel.” Yes, it was tough, but when that routine is all you know, it just becomes another day. You push through, and before you know it, it is over. And it does fly by. Take time for the people that matter, and everything else will fall into place.

Why should young women consider attending The Citadel?
Young women should consider going to The Citadel simply because they can do it. You are powerful beyond measure and deserve to show that to not only the world, but to yourself. The Citadel will show you the good, the bad and the ugly, but it is up to you decide which will be the driving force and what it will drive you to do—excel; conquer. This place helped me present myself as the something different that I am. I was pushed to my brink physically freshman year and challenged myself mentally by undertaking a double major on top of my scholarship and rank. You will have some of the longest days of your life here and learn to sleep in any position, but you will always have someone right there enduring the same thing. I firmly believe that there is no other school that creates such solid bonds for your life. Yes, at a normal college you will make a few great friends, and maybe if you’re lucky, a sister or two. But this place—with all its craziness—will present a family to you that becomes as close as the one you have at home. These people will always be a part of my life no matter how far we go. This place will push you harder than you have ever pushed yourself, and it is the ultimate feeling of accomplishment. The Citadel is an incredibly powerful place. Take courage; choose the road less traveled. You won’t regret; I sure don’t.

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