University of Texas at El Paso
ROTC fact:
Enrolled in Army ROTC during her junior year after graduating from the Leader's Training Course at Ft. Knox, Kentucky.

My name is Marissa Bernadette, I'm twenty-two years old, I am currently at the UTEP Nursing School and I am also doing ROTC. I have learned so much just being in the ROTC about communication, about being in front of people, about interpersonal skills.

The three things the army considers important is a criteria we call the SAL criteria. That's scholar, athlete and leader. And Marissa exemplifies all of those. Colonel Carr is probably our biggest advocate. There's your three people who are going to evaluate your performance and are going to decide your career in the next thirty-three days.

He understands that graduating and actually becoming a nurse is our main priority right now. In her case she's always on the dean's list, honor roll. I cannot graduate a student from my program who does not graduate college. They go together hand and hand.

He's always there to make sure we're doing well in school and make sure we are accomplishing what it is we have to accomplish. We're here at PT, woke up about five fifteen to be here for the six o'clock rotation.

PT is physical training and it happens every Monday, Wednesday and Friday from six to seven thirty. It gives you energy and it starts your day off. Down. Four. Down. Five. We do push-ups and we do sit-ups and we run.

Not only does she max the army physical fitness test but she participates in half-marathons and marathons. I feel very proud to walk around campus in my uniform. You build a bond that is actually very tight. Camaraderie that is really going to last us a lifetime. It's been an excellent, excellent, experience.