I joined the Navy September 9th
2009, right after graduating high school. I became a Naval Aircrewman Operator. My first two years in the Navy involved a lot of different schools and
training. The first school I went to was
Naval Air Crew Candidate School in Pensacola, Florida where I received water
survival training. After graduating from
NACCS I went to NATTC (Naval Air Technical Training) where I became a student
at the AW (Naval Aircrewmen Operator) school, and learned basic navigation, oceanography,
and how to track submarines. Upon
completion of this school I officially picked up my rate as an AW. My next school was SERE (Survive, Evade, Resist and Escape) in NAS North Island
in San Diego, CA. This
school puts its sailors and marines in a prisoner of war situation to train them on how to act and how to return with honor in the off chance that they get put in
that position. My next school was at
VP-30 NAS Jacksonville, where I learned about the aircraft that I would be
flying and working in for the next four years of my Naval career. Upon graduation I joined my first operational
squadron Patrol Squadron Four in beautiful Kaneohe Bay, Hawaii in July
2011. I went on two deployments overseas and participated in multiple exercises with military from different
nations. My first big military exercise
was RIMPAC 2012, and this was my first exposure to the international
community. Later I participated in Joint
Warrior in Scotland, and worked with the French, Canadian, and UK forces. I left the Navy as a Naval Aircrewman Operator
Second Class after 6 wonderful years of service in August 2015. I started school immediately here at CU
2. Why did you choose CU Denver?
I chose CU Denver because they offer an International Business degree
and I really liked the location. I had
never been to Colorado before but had heard good things from friends that I
served with in the Navy.
3. Why did you choose to study International Business?
In high school I was president of DECA,
a business club, and got exposed to international business for the first
time. When I was in the Navy I was introduced
to the international community through my travels. I got to visit 11 different countries around
the world and saw how small the world is, and it reminded me of my DECA days in
high school. When I got out of the Navy
I knew I wanted to get a degree in International Business and have a career
that would keep me in contact with the international community.
4. How has CIBERVets helped you succeed?
The International Executive Roundtable events have given
me more insight on what’s going on around the world in business, and has helped
me figure out what I like. The
connections I made at CIBERVets also helped me land an internship at the World
Trade Center Denver last spring.
5. Do you have any advice for current or potential
students at CU Denver?
Go to every event that you can
even if it doesn’t sound interesting. Some of the best events I’ve attended were ones that didn’t have an
interesting flyer. The ones that I knew
nothing about were the ones that I learned the most, and if you don’t learn anything you’ll at
least make some good connections.