Kacey, you made a big decision when you graduated high school. Can you tell us a little about that?
About three months after I graduated high school I joined the Marine Corps. I served four years, I was, in simple terms, a weather forecaster and I just got out last September.
Why did you feel that was the right path for you?
I’ve been super motivated pretty much my entire life and I’ve always loved America and the idea of freedom that we have, so I just wanted to give back and serve. I also was always a really really shy person, so, I was all about breaking out of my shell and becoming part of something bigger that would help me reach my fullest potential.
So you’re stationed in Yuma, pretty far from home, what motivated you to start college and stay awhile?
When I first got out of the Marine Corps, I was in a relationship that kind of made me stay in Yuma, but, when it ended it was kind of too late to move to a new location and start over and apply for benefits that I needed for school, so I decided to stick around. Plus, I like that Yuma is a simple town. I’m from a really small town and I kind of fit in, it’s not too big or crowded. Then I was offered the job at the Veterans Center so that definitely helped me to stick around and stay here.
What are you studying?
Right now, I’m going for a Business degree, potentially switching to a Forensic Science degree when I transfer.
And what are your plans for the future with that Business degree?
Hopefully I will be part of the FBI one day. I want to be a Special Agent.
Can you explain why you chose Business over something like Criminal Justice?
I spoke to a few different people, some coworker’s friends currently in the FBI, and others with strong connections. After speaking to them, they sort of guided me onto this path. Criminal Justice is usually the most sought-after degree when looking to join any three-letter agency, however, because it’s so common now, I was advised they are looking for something a little different now. So, because Business covers a lot of the analytics side of things, I was told that it would help me stand out just a little bit more.
Do you feel you’re receiving enough support from AWC to help you achieve that goal?
Absolutely. Being a veteran, most of the support I receive is from Veteran Services specifically. That’s where I spend most of my time. They’re there to help me with anything I need whether it’s a small question about class or if I need further guidance, they are always there to point me in the right direction.