What is your idea of perfect happiness?
I am always laughing … at everything, so my idea of perfect happiness must be pretty thorough in order to make me anymore happy. It would mean owning a four-seater aircraft, a horse ranch of eight and enough money to travel for the rest of my life.
I will finally have my nonprofit organization, direCtion and destinAtion, up and running and will be a pilot for the six-member USAF Thunderbirds. I’ll be married with a dozen children (not feasible, so I’ll narrow that down to four), and on my way to further my education to become a flight surgeon.
Ultimately, perfect happiness is being able to live an additional 100+ years so that I can accomplish everything I wish within one lifetime.
What is your greatest fear?
On a serious note, my greatest fear is not being the best officer I can be in the Air Force and also not getting on the fighter jet platform as a pilot. On more humorous terms, my third greatest fear is of accidently stepping on my pet baby turtle, George, when I let him roam my apartment.
What trait do you like least about yourself?
When I start watching “The 100,” it’s over from there. If I get hooked on a show, I’ll watch it straight through until the last season … hence, the reason I do not own a television or have Netflix or Internet service in my apartment.
Which historical figure do you most identify with?
Deborah Sampson and Jacqueline Cochran … look them up! They are worthy of your research.
Who is someone you’ve met at Indiana State you’ll remember the rest of your life?
I have met way too many influential individuals at State to only pick one.
Freda Luers has pushed me to continue my road within the Miss America Organization. She witnessed my desire for continuous community service and encouraged me to meet the requirements to become Miss Crossroads to America 2017.
Luke and Stephanie Nath have both encouraged my motives in all areas of my life. From hearing about my Air Force career, academic hardships and stories about working with my community service platform, this beautiful married couple has created motivation for me toward my dreams of involvement. Congratulations to them both, as they will soon be parents of their first little one(s), TWINS!
Jeff Allen has been my boss for several years now as the VA student worker for Indiana State. He, too, aids in my endeavors in becoming a well-rounded student and supports my career choices. Jeff is fortunate enough to hear all my grievances and smiles in response. (Sorry Jeff!)
Technical Sergeant Janae Steude has worked hard to manage open doors for my career path in the military. I am so fortunate to have AFROTC cadre that actually care about my future. She is not only one to motivate the cadets within the program but she drastically raises the morale and is always so optimistic. T.Sgt. Steude is a wonderful addition to the Air Force, and I pray that we continue to recruit leaders and caregivers as herself.
Capt. Steven Ewing … last but not least. I have learned so much from him. As the State AFROTC operations flight commander, he has excelled as one of the greatest officers in the Air Force that I have ever met. As our teacher and cadre since October 2015, Capt. Ewing stands out above the rest. Taking time during his leave to write award packages for cadets, staying after class to discuss how to improve morale within the detachment, providing constant feedback and mentoring as often as he can … the list goes on. The fact is, when I commission into the Air Force in December 2018, I will strive to become the officer that Capt. Ewing is. He has changed my perspective on what it is to be that strong leader, putting your people first. Congratulations on your reserve pilot slot!
Which talent would you most like to have?
Technically, there is no limit on this question so I must say that I would need to have two talents to accomplish my objective. Picture someone riding a unicycle through campus, to class. That’s right … I would like to become the funniest female comedian in the States and be able to ride a unicycle during my performances … well, and everywhere I go.
What do you consider your greatest achievement?
After completing Air Force basic training, technical school and Airman Leadership School, promoting to staff sergeant, receiving a pilot slot and deploying to Afghanistan and Kuwait, my greatest achievement is receiving the recruiting ribbon from my home base at the 122nd Fighter Wing.
Apparently, I have done well enough as a sister and leader that my brother, Travis, also chose to join the ANG and compete as an AFROTC cadet in hopes to be selected as a pilot. Following in my footsteps, I am blessed to say that I believe I have done well as a big sis.
If you were to die and come back as a person or thing, what do you think it would be?
I would come back as the ugliest scarecrow so that those dang Terre Haute crows will quit pooing on my car!
What do people notice first about you?
How much I laugh and that it sounds like a donkey (so I’ve been told … thanks Mom, it must be genetic).
What does BLUE mean to you?
To me it means that our Indiana education is only the beginning to the success of our hopes and dreams.