Waking up at 5:00 AM is never fun, especially when you have to fight the warmth and comfort of your bed. But, for us Air Force ROTC cadets here on campus, it’s just another day…well another Tuesday or Wednesday.
Every Tuesday and Wednesday morning during the school year, we ride over to Howard University for either Physical Training or Leadership Laboratory, doing everything from running or marching in formation to working together to solve a Group Leadership Project (GLP for short), all in the hopes of one day becoming an Air Force Officer. Through these early mornings, we learn the essentials of what makes a good leader in the world’s greatest Air Force: discipline, teamwork, and fitness.
The reason why I decided to get involved in the program was because I take the quote by John F. Kennedy to heart: “ask not what your country can do for you—ask what you can do for your country.” To me, the best way that I can serve is through joining the military to give back to the country that has given me so many opportunities…and the scholarship opportunities are a nice touch as well.
For me and the other cadets at Catholic, Air Force ROTC is just one aspect of our lives at Catholic University. In addition to our added responsibilities and commitments that come with the AFROTC program, we are just as dynamic and busy as the rest of our classmates! We have on campus jobs, work as your friendly neighborhood RAs, we are classmates that will engage you in a debate in our philosophy class, and we’re that friend that will order a pizza with you on the weekends.
That being said, there are a ton of additional opportunities that I have been able to go to as a cadet. In the past two years, I have been able to meet so many amazing and influential figures through different events that I volunteered or participated in AFROTC. In my first two years as a cadet, I have presented the colors for the Chief of Staff of the Air Force, taken a tour of the Pentagon, shadowed Airmen and Officers on an Air Force Base, and met the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. Not many other AFROTC cadets, let alone college students, could say something like that!
Being both an Air Force cadet and a college student can definitely be difficult at times: there are tests, papers, and readings that you need to do all while managing your sleep, physical fitness, and Air Force responsibilities. It is all worth it to not only graduate from CUA, but also commission into the world’s greatest Air Force!
Connor is a junior Politics student, with a double minor in International Business and Islamic World Studies, from Cleveland, OH. In addition to being a student, Connor is a nap enthusiast, food connoisseur, and he enjoys all things Cleveland!