Sarah Strickland Smith
Corps Grad ’09
CGC Grad ’11
My experience at The Citadel involved graduating as part of India Company Class of 2009 and CGC Classes of 2011 and 2013. I was also a Track-and-Field and Cross Country team member during my time (and I set several records). Currently, I am a captain in the U.S. Air Force Reserves, PMP certified, and wife to Gregory Smith, Class of 2004. We have one daughter named Emily, who is 5 months old.
What is your favorite memory from The Citadel?
My favorite memory from The Citadel was being chosen as the company honor representative for India Company my senior year. Being an honor rep was a goal of mine, and being elected by my peers to be entrusted with that position was very meaningful. The Honor Code is the backbone of our school, and being on the Honor Committee made me feel like I was a part of something much greater than myself. I had plenty of other great memories and achievements, but this particular one far outweighs the others.
What about your time at The Citadel had the most positive impact on your career or life?
I'd have to say that the entire knob-year experience set me up for success. There are so many balls to juggle during that time that you really have to sink or swim. Having that drive and determination to succeed while carrying a heavy load led me to completing two master’s degrees and two certificates through the CGC while working full time, getting married, running several marathons and commissioning into the U.S. Air Force. Keeping busy and balanced is something that I thrive on because no matter how challenging something is, there's always a finish line to cross and there's always someone watching.
I can honestly say I don't know where I'd be if I hadn't attended The Citadel, but I could almost guarantee it wouldn't be here. I've done so much iSarn such a short amount of time, and I've had great success at everything I've set my mind to. I'm married to an incredible man, I have a beautiful daughter and my resume definitely doesn't fit on one page. I couldn't ask for more. This path—this "road less traveled”—has really made all the difference. Would I be happy and successful if I went somewhere else? Who knows. Luckily, I don't have to wonder ‘what if?’ because I have everything I've ever dreamed of and more.