2 future CAF leaders sharing a few thoughts
I am 22 years old, pilot by trade, and finishing up a degree in Military and Strategic Studies at RMC. I was born in New Zealand but raised in Calgary and had absolutely no idea what I wanted to do when I left high school. Somehow I ended up here and, damn, it’s been a rollercoaster.
I think one of the coolest parts of RMC for me was my time spent on the school’s rowing team. I came to the college with clear plans to participate in running, but after a quick conversation with an upper year rower, decided to give crew a shot. Three years later, I’m in charge of the team and loving every second of it. I’ve met some of my best friends through the team, gone places I never thought I’d go, gained more practical leadership experience than I ever thought possible, and had some of the most fun times I’ve ever had. I think this particular experience is just a small example of the kinds of unique and unexpected opportunities you get presented with here at the college. I often find myself in insanely cool or downright weird situations that I know I would never find myself in anywhere else, and have to stop and smile and just reflect on how the hell I got there.
This place is definitely a huge challenge and I’ve had my ups and downs here just like everyone else has, but I think it’s fair to say that my RMC experience has been completely unforgettable and I wouldn’t change it for the world. It’s an understatement when I say that I’m excited to graduate and begin my career as a pilot in the CAF, but there’s no doubt in my mind that I’ll miss this place (… eventually).
27147 OCdt (IV) Rachel Wilt
What encouraged me to come to RMC was my dad, he is such a huge part of my life and he always will be. He graduated from RMC as an AERE and with a degree in Mechanical Engineering, so naturally I had to one up him. I am in Aeronautical Engineering and I am an aspiring Signal Officer.
What kept me here…
During my time at RMC, I have had the privilege to play soccer for all four years. It was important for me to be able to play soccer not only because it is my favourite sport but also because it is a way for me to relax and get away from my schoolwork. At an early age, I began playing soccer for fun and now it has provided me with close friends and has kept me fit and healthy.
If I chose to go to any other university, this would not have been a possibility with my degree choice. The demands of my degree have sometimes made it difficult to commit as much time as I would have liked to my sport but thanks to the structure of the RMC school day, I have been able to attend all in season practices and games over the past 4 years. This is something most of my soccer friends from back home unfortunately cannot say. The most memorable moment from my 4 years was tying Carleton University on their home turf during my first season as a Paladin, I will never forget the emotions of my team and coaches after that game.
What keeps me going…
I am so excited to be a candidate on the Basic Signals Officer Qualification Course upon my graduation in May. I cannot wait to take on all the new challenges that the Army has in store and meet some great new people. Last but not least I can’t wait to learn and grow as a person even more than I have here at RMC.
26954 OCdt (IV) Alexandria Hogg