The day when my school's NJROTC unit came to visit my middle school forever changed my life. I was estatic about becoming a cadet and serving my community. I began my NJROTC experience as a Cadet Seaman Recruit and quickly promoted through the ranks. At this current moment, I have over 50 community service since freshman year. I have been apart of every team that we offer and mentor other younger cadets not only for unit advice but for life in general. I have help many staff positions throughout my experience such as New Cadet Drill Commander, Color Guard Assistant and Commander, and Operations Officer. These positions all showed the hardwork that I put forth, but the single moment that showed that everything I did paid off was May 4, 2016.
I also learned a valuable theory in class, which is EE (experience and exposure) I volunteer more now than I have ever volunteered in the past. I know that I will be a lieutenant before I retire. I also realize that God has a plan and if I would’ve been promoted three years ago my daughter would’ve been very young and that would’ve been a hardship on our family.
I felt, I needed to help and inspire my community to stand up against injustice, but I needed to redefined myself through the military and college. The military helped me established a foundation of ownership, which lead me in enrolling in my local community college where I was enlighten about activism and entered numerous organizations to be involved in service.
My first time I attended Camp K I was in 8th grade. I saw what the officers contributed to the members, the relationships they had with one another and the impact they put upon me, I knew i wanted to become a HOSA Florida State officer! By continuing my HOSA membership through my senior year of high school and becoming a regional and club officer I knew I wanted to end my senior year strong and become a state officer. By being a past club and regional officer I believe I have all the attributes to become a state officer and can contribute a substantial amount of contributions.
I had no idea what I was doing at the age of 18 of I was ready for a change. My first Military Occupation Specialty (MOS) was an Engineer a 12 Charlie; Bridge Crew member. My first duty station was Korea. My leadership in Korea was phenomenal, the comrade between the soldiers in the platoon was that kind of a relationship between siblings that respected and cared for each other regardless of the misunderstandings. My supervisors respected the privacy of every soldier within the platoon, I was never a witness of a soldiers being bash by a supervisor in front of their peers.
By active community service, leadership roles, and hard work, I have learned the incredible importance of academic achievement, character, leadership, and service. Through these things, I have been substantially prepared by the Beta Club to serve others as I depart high school and
Many people come across roadblocks through their journey of life. I know I've had my fair share of them. The biggest bump in my academic life was changing it completely upside down. Growing up african American or with any skin that holds the slightest of pigment is not easy, but that's obvious due to our nation's past. Racism and stereotypeing has always been there.
I am Cadet Captain Mejia and I have been in JROTC my whole high school career (4 years). It has been a crazy 4 years, from being cadet of the month my freshmen year to being color guard commander my senior year. JROTC has been a roller coaster for me, I loved JROTC my freshmen year. I did everything my first year in JROTC, I was in color guard, drill team, unarmed drill team, and raiders team! I did almost all color guard performances.
Eight years ago I walked into a Navy recruiter's office and said, " If I join today, when is the soonest I can go to boot camp? " I did not know what to expect. However I was sure of one thing, and that was that I wanted to join the United States Navy. As those eight years ensued, the Navy began to mold me physically and mentally. Some of the changes I underwent were positive, and others were rather uncouth.
My favorite act of service that I have ever done was through the school’s project based learning. I had heard that the NWC Men’s Basketball Team was building a house a Haitian family who’s house had collapsed with all their belongings. I then contacted the men’s basketball coach asking if my group and I could raise money to buy items for their house. We organized a traditional bake sale, as well as an online bake sale, to raise money for the family. In the midst of baking 40 dozen cookies and 38 dozen cupcakes, I was coordinating with a missionary in Haiti, Krisie Mompremier, who knew what the family needed most.
What I have learned from experience and how it impacted me First and foremost, being in the United States Marine Corps for over 22 years I have learned a lot from experience. I learned just like in the military, in my civilian job now I am always on duty.
I prepared early by joining naval junior reserve officer training corps(NJROTC) my freshman year of highschool. I joined and competed in many activities such as air rifle, armed drill exhibition, chain gang, community service, and orienteering. The unit taught me discipline and how to become a leader. It gave me the advantage I desired to be one step closer to becoming a Marine.
I have continued to strive to gain opportunities of both greater responsibility and authority. With this mentality, I have gained both the respect and confidence of those I work with. Although, I have made many decisions with the authority bestowed on by my command. I know that in order to truly challenge myself and effect the Army at
In the first year, I was a part of a pioneering youth development team in Americorps NCCC Southwest Region. I worked with K-12 students in title one schools, Boys & Girls Clubs, Habitat for Humanity, local non-profit organizations, The Red Cross and The Salvation Army. I spent my second year working with underserved youth as a volunteer coordinator for Reading Partners in DC. I learned about the struggles that the students I worked with dealt with every day. I was also able to interact with parents and provide resources for education, housing, food, and nutrition.
I believed I have matured and gained skills, as well learned lessons about life. . Many people my age do not get the experience similar to this. I learned to clean up my act and mindset. I will continue the service throughout my life and I know that because of my volunteer experience I have benefited, and that these benefits will carry on as I develop and become an adult.
Later I became the “go to guy” everyone could count on to get the work done. My Senior Chief supported me with everything I wanted to do. I may have been one of his favorite Sailors to work with, who probably got treated better than the other sailors. But that was because I always worked hard at everything assigned to me and I became very dependable when it came it completing task.