Communications major and regimental commander from Bedford, New Hampshire
INTERVIEW BY SEAN MARKEY
The Norwich Record | Winter 2020
Norwich was the last school on my list and the only military school. But after I visited, I came back to my parents and I basically said, “We wasted a lot of time and money looking at all the other schools.” I did an overnight with students here and heard their stories and the things they were doing. I was completely sold.=
As a communications major, I’m huge on classes that focus on big group discussions. I think a lot of insightful things come out of collaborative group discussions like that. Teachers that facilitate that well are my favorite—so philosophy classes like Logic with Prof. Brian Glenney. He is really funny, but also very thought-provoking. He encourages students to be comfortable with and trust their thoughts.
Best Norwich experience?
The Legacy March [a 50-mile, three-day fundraising walk for Veterans’ Place]. It’s a transitionary home for veterans who’ve fallen on hard times and are trying to get back on their feet. I’ve been doing that since freshman year with my good friend Andrew Guiberson ’20. Last year we were both co-presidents. Since we have been a part of the march, we’ve increased our bottom line [contribution] to Veterans’ Place by 20 percent each year.
LTC Patrick Gardner, director of operations and training for the Corps. Learning through him and how he does things has been really beneficial. Also, engineering professor and Legacy March advisor Prof. Michael Kelly, who I hold very near and dear to my heart. I’ve definitely taken a lot from him, especially how to be more compassionate with volunteer work. Last but not least is Kelly Smith, the NUCC staff leadership’s executive assistant. I’ve been her work study for three years. She is the kindest, most thoughtful person on this campus. I call her my Norwich mom. She puts me in my place and also helps me when I need it. She’s always so encouraging.
It’s kind of a toss-up right now. I wasn’t planning to commission when I arrived at Norwich. I was planning to go into the business world and inside or channel sales. But now I’m considering a direct commissioning program with the Coast Guard.
Favorite thing about Norwich?
Honestly, I think for me—and this seems to be the answer that a lot of people give — it’s the people. I feel like here, people really focus on the relationships they make. I think that starts freshman year, going through rookdom together. The people that I have on my regimental staff are some of my closest friends. I work with them every day.
Photograph by Karen Kasmauski
Interview condensed and edited for length and clarity.