Marlisa Cardoso

Hometown: Brimfield, MA

Reasons for choosing Army ROTC Baystate Battalion:
I chose Army ROTC Baystate Battalion because I knew I wanted to be an officer in the Army, the host school, WPI, was my top choice, and I received a four year scholarship.

Present job title and employer:
I'm still taking classes toward my undergraduate degree at WPI. I'm majoring in biomedical engineering and pre-medical studies. When I graduate and commission in 2014, I plan to apply for an education delay and go to Medical school to earn my medical doctorate and branch Medical Corps in the Army.

Describe how Army ROTC prepared you for facing real-world challenges in the workplace or graduate school.
Army ROTC has helped me in several facets involving real world challenges. It has helped me become much more confident and assertive in leadership positions and improved my team work skills. These are both very important when working in a group. One of the most important skills that I've earned from Army ROTC is time management. I'm constantly busy between school work, ROTC, and extracurricular activities that it's important to balance my time wisely and prioritize. Time management is important for efficiency and time sensitive projects.

Groups or extracurricular activities you participate in at WPI:
I'm involved in several extracurricular activities at WPI. I'm involved with Greek life. I'm a sister of Alpha Xi Delta sorority. I'm a part of the Big Brother Big Sister program. I'm a Junior class representative. I'm in Tau Beta Pi Engineering Honor Society. I'm in Mu Sigma Delta pre-health society. I'm in the Biomedical Engineering Society. I volunteer in the Emergency department at UMass Medical School.

Academic or professional awards you have received:

  • Army ROTC Scholarship (May 2010)
  • Silver Athlete Ribbon (Sep 2011)
  • Gold Athlete Ribbon (Nov 2011)
  • BN CDR’s Academic Ribbon (Jan 2012)
  • ROTC Honor’s Ribbon (Nov 2011, Jan 2012)
  • Ranger Challenge Team and Color Guard Team Member Ribbons (Nov 2010)
  • WPI University Award Dean’s List: Spring 2011, Fall 2010-2011, Spring 2012
  • Charles O. Thompson Scholar 2010
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