STUDENT JOURNALIST: The daughter of an Air Force flight nurse and a former Army pilot turned flight instructor, Sonja Jordan is the editor of the Norwich Guidon student newspaper. (Photo by Sean Markey.)

Communications Major and Cadet from Enterprise, Alabama

Why Norwich?

In high school I took AP classes and JROTC, because I wanted to be challenged. The logical next step was to go somewhere that really pushed me to develop who I was—intellectually and on a character level.

Best Norwich experience?

Going from my freshman year and having that group of people and now ending my academic career at Norwich with the same people I started with. That, and some new friends, who are just as important, really made this entire journey at Norwich worthwhile for me.

Favorite side of Norwich?

The community and camaraderie. There is a certain culture at the school that we foster. We take care of our own here. You can turn to any cadet in school as a cadet and say, “I need help.” And they will bend over backward to try to help you out.

Proudest moment?

My junior year I was cadre. My number one goal was that every rook assigned to me would walk into Plumley to be recognized, which almost never happens. With the help of my staff, everybody who we trained became a cadet. To show somebody that it’s worth it to stay here, to have the grit and the determination to put in the extra work and do what’s right is the most rewarding thing I have ever witnessed in my 21 years of living.

Favorite class?

Intro to Acting with Professor Jeffry Casey. It helped my confidence talking in front of people and let me explore creative sides I never got to explore before. I looked forward to it every day.

Favorite mentors?

I have three. The first is Command Sgt. Maj. Geraldo Mercado. He always knows exactly what to say to help get me on the right track with my leadership in a way that really hits home and is useful to me. I also don’t think I’d be sitting here doing what I’m doing without the guidance of Professor Ken Bush and Andrew Nemethy, who have done so much to feed my passion for journalism.

What’s next?

Hopefully returning to the Washington, D.C., area to cover the defense department or something along those lines. However, I’m an open book. If it involves writing, I’m interested.

Interview condensed and edited for length and clarity.

The Norwich Record | Spring 2019

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