Active duty day student graduate ’12
I graduated from The Citadel with a degree in civil and environmental engineering. I’m originally from Marlton, New Jersey, and I enlisted in the Navy as a nuclear electricians mate in November of 2004. In 2008, I was selected for the Seaman to Admiral Commissioning Program where I chose to attend The Citadel from 2009-12 to earn my bachelor’s degree. Upon graduation, I commissioned into the Navy. I am the first woman from The Citadel to be selected for submarines, and I am currently serving in Kings Bay, Georgia, onboard the USS Wyoming. I have been married to Robert Brock since March of 2005.
What about your time at The Citadel had the most positive impact on your career or life?
During my time in civil engineering, I became involved in the Society of Women Engineers. I served as president my junior and senior year. We got to attend the national conference every year, and it really impacted me. It was wonderful to see and meet so many women like myself. During engineer week we would help young Girl Scouts earn their engineering badge. They always were so much fun, and it was wonderful to be able to teach young girls about math and science. I made so many contacts and friends during my time there. I don't think I would have been able to be so hands-on with the community if I hadn't come to The Citadel. The faculty and student body are just so attached to the community.
Why should young women consider attending The Citadel?
There is something special about being a graduate of The Citadel. The staff is above and beyond. It is great to be able to interact daily with the faculty, get to know them and learn about their experiences. The dedication of the faculty is extraordinary, and it was like a family. I felt like they really were able to guide me and mentor me. I am still in contact with many of my professors and love hearing about how the civil engineering department is expanding and advancing for future graduates. I definitely wouldn't be the woman and leader I am today if it hadn't have been for my experiences at The Citadel.