Cadet Alyssa, '12

Degree: BS, Biomedical Engineering

Reasons for choosing AFROTC:
I chose AFROTC because I wanted to challenge myself and prepare myself for a career that would allow me to serve my country. I entered the program expecting to find a place where people held themselves to a higher standard and believed in honor, respect, and devotion to duty. I was also looking for camaraderie and a place where I could learn how to be an effective leader. All my expectations of the program were surpassed. After going through the program, I can say that I've become more confident, my voice has gotten a little louder, my muscles a little bigger, and even though I didn't think it was possible, more proud of my country because now I personally know some of its future leaders.

Describe how your experience with AFROTC has been beneficial to you during your time at WPI.
AFROTC has been beneficial to me in more ways than I can count. Through the incredible people I've met, the leadership opportunities, and the leadership training, I've become more confident in myself and what I can achieve. The program has made me thrive on challenges and has given me the confidence to try new things without the constant worry of failure. Additionally, it has helped me with my time management and analytical skills. These skills and the confidence I gained have helped me succeed in the classroom, take on leadership roles in my extracurricular activities, and as a result, earn several great summer internships. Most importantly, AFROTC has given me an invaluable support network; it's like being in a second family.

What you hope to do when you graduate?
I am an Air Battle Manager Select for the USAF. I'm looking forward to a challenging and exciting career in the world's greatest Air Force!

Groups or extracurricular activities you participate in at WPI:

  • Arnold Air Society
  • Strike Eagles Honor Guard
  • UTC Engineering Ambassadors
  • Student Government Association
  • Community Advisor
  • Tau Beta Pi Alpha Eta Mu Beta

Academic or professional awards you have received:

  • Charles O. Thompson Scholar Skull Trophy Award
  • National Sojourners Award
  • American Veterans Award
  • Archibald R. Lemieux Award
  • Steven J. Duso Award
  • First Place in Robert H. Grant Competition for Entrepreneurship and Innovation
  • Dean's List
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