A graduate of Chandler High School and now a member of the ROTC program at Oklahoma State University, Kodie Vega is now a sophomore and a Biology – Pre Med major heading into the start of the new school year this fall. Being part of the ROTC program is something Vega decided to do while still in high school.
“I have been involved in the ROTC program for one year. The process was very easy. During my senior year of high school, I decided I might want to do ROTC in college. After that, I decided to contact Mr. Dale and we set up a meeting for him to explain ROTC and answer any questions I may have. After that meeting, I decided for sure I wanted to do ROTC. The last step is to enroll in the ROTC class. Overall, the process could not have been easier,” said Vega.
As a member of the ROTC program at OSU, Vega has enjoyed many of the activities from team challenges to memorial marches.
“ROTC has challenged me to do things out of my comfort zone. It has also given me opportunities to do things I would not have had the chance to do outside ROTC. I have been on the Ranger Challenge team as well as the Bataan Memorial Death March team,” said Vega. “I am looking forward to everything, I am really excited for the upcoming year and what it will have to offer.”
Her plan following graduation is to continue her military career in the U.S. Army.
“I plan on commissioning into the military after I graduate and making it my full-time career. I plan on being a doctor for the U.S. Army,” said Vega.
Cadet Vega offers this advice to anyone wanting to join the ROTC program at OSU.
“I would say go for it. I think joining ROTC has been one of the best decisions I have ever made. You do not have to contract until your junior year so you can try it out and see if it is the right fit for you,” said Vega.