Providence College

Cadet Adam Swartzbaugh

Battalion Commander

Hometown: Camden, ME

Major: International Relations, Political Economy of Development; Development Studies

Why did you join ROTC?

One day you just get sick of not having the capacity to get things done, you become tired of waiting for somebody else to take charge, to make the changes you want, to speak up, make the difference and be the man you clearly aren’t.  Then, finally, you find it is easier to be that guy than it is to stand around looking for him.  You then seek to be that ballsy, can-do, no-excuses, high-speed badass that becomes the change he desires rather than waiting for something to happen.  You realize life is finite and the end is eminent, that we are all dead men and what you do in this life will die with you, but that you have an opportunity to give something back – something that will last beyond your days.  This is the one chance to make something happen.  I sure as hell am not going to sleep through it.

I broke it down like this: life can be a bitch and a lot of people get dealt bad hands; the world is far from perfect and there remain people that are impoverished, persecuted, suppressed, subjugated and straight-up beat down and bottled-up – and there is something we can do about it.  So long as you can improve the disposition of another human being you will have a mission.  The only question is to what extent you pursue it.  One person might have only one shot – but that single shot has the potential to transform the entire world if it is chosen to be used as such.  ROTC and the leadership training is provides is just one of the many tools that can be used to get things done – a means, not an end.

How has ROTC benefited me while in college?

Being provided a framework for leadership has been enormously beneficial – it applies to everything.  Whether running an organization, working overseas or just making it through school without dropping out for once, I have managed to apply what I’ve learned.  The greatest benefit, however, has not been found in the program itself, but in the people participating therein.  I have learned more from the cadets and cadre that surround me than I will ever learn from any book or course of instruction.

In the end, ROTC is about the intangibles – choosing to see them and investing in them is a personal effort with surprising returns.

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Cadet Jeremy Aucoin

Bravo Company Commander

Hometown: West Warwick, RI

Major: Marketing

Why did you join ROTC?

After four years in the Army as an enlisted soldier, I decided I wanted to take on the challenge of becoming an Army officer.

How has ROTC benefited you while in college?

As a new student in college, ROTC provided me with a vast network of friends and mentors.  The Army is like a second family to its members.  The men and women of the United States Armed Services take care of each other on a level unparalleled by any other organization.  This tradition exists within the ROTC program as well.  During my time as a member of the ROTC program, I have always had support from my fellow cadets.  Whether it’s a ride to the airport, or help with homework, cadets stick together.

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Cadet Joseph E. Schneider

Executive Officer

Hometown: Avon Lake, Ohio

Major: History

Why did you join ROTC?

To be honest, I first started thinking about ROTC because I needed a way to pay for college.  It quickly dawned upon me, however, that it would be shortsighted of me to sign up for only that reason.  There would be little sense in surrendering years of one’s life and potentially one’s whole life only for the purpose of paying for college.  In order to justify joining ROTC I had to identify some greater purpose than my own self-interest.  Belaboring this point ought to not suggest that the answer was hard to find.  Presently, and in the foreseeable future, this nation bears the responsibility for building up two nations, leading a multinational effort to maintain world peace and stability, and providing the American people with wholly reliable and unswerving security.  After all I have been blessed with in this country; there was only one option available to me

How has ROTC benefited me while in college?

ROTC has greatly assisted me in managing my time and has kept me in shape and focused.  Additionally, ROTC has improved my oral and communicative skills and given me a strong foundation in leadership, which has been reflected in the student organizations I am a part of.  Finally, my responsibilities on the MS IV Cadet Staff have greatly increased my organizational and decision-making capacities. 

Cadet Lenora Benson

MSIV, AS2

Hometown: Brockton, MA

Major: Sociology

Why did you join ROTC?

I joined ROTC to bring a form of structure and guidance into my life.

How has ROTC benefited you while in college?

ROTC has benefited me thus far in college by allowing me to receive the funds to pursue my education, something that would have been difficult to do on my own. Furthermore, it has given me the discipline to do school work above and beyond standards.

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Cadet Derek George

Cadet S4 In charge of Supply and Logistics, and JWU Commander

School:Johnson and Whales University

Hometown: Newton, MA, 5 Min Outside of Boston

Major: Food Service Management, Culinary Arts, and Economics

Why did you join ROTC?

 At the age of 5 I told my grandfather who was a green beret that I was going to be in the US army and become a Special Forces officer some day. So since a young age I new I would be in the military and the best place to be is an Officer. I am going to soon commission as a Military Police Officer in the RI National Guard.

How has ROTC benefited me while in college?

ROTC has helped me become a better student in school by helping me concentrate on my work more and make me have to get it done.

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Cadet Andrew Letarte

MSIV S-6

Hometown: Salem, MA

Major: Finance

Why did you join ROTC?

I joined ROTC because it offers a great opportunity for me to serve my country and commission as a 2nd lieutenant in the U.S. Army.  I joined because I wanted to be a part of something that helps people especially in the conflict that we are currently in at the moment.  ROTC offers training that can be used in everyday life, in which you would not necessarily have the opportunity to learn in the civilian life.  I have always enjoyed being part of a team and ROTC is exactly that.  ROTC teaches me to fine tune my leadership capabilities and skills, physical fitness and offers great extracurricular activities. 

 

How has ROTC Benefited me while in college?

I have benefited from ROTC because it has provided me with a sense of commitment and discipline.  I have learned how to be a leader and how to stand out from my civilian peers.

Cadet Denis Campbell

MSIV, S-3

Hometown: Darien, CT

Major: History

Why did you join ROTC?

I joined ROTC because I wanted to serve the United States. I can still remember writing my college essays and being happy that I was seventeen years old and I knew what I wanted to do with my life. I wanted to serve the people of this country in whatever it takes to protect our way of life. I chose ROTC because I felt that I had what it took to be an officer and to be a leader in the Army. When I become an officer there will be a higher standard that I will be expected to meet. I have always had the competitive spirit to surpass expectations and therefore becoming an officer appeared to be the right fit for me.

 

How has ROTC benefited you while in college?

ROTC has greatly benefited me throughout college. The number one thing it has added is perspective. While many students have a strong drive to succeed in college in order to get a job they want, I was already conducting hands on training for the job I knew I would have. I similarly had to excel in school in order to get my branch of choice, which is infantry. The difference between myself and the other students is that I have been taking a class for four years in which the skills can be directly applied to my profession. The lessons I have learned in ROTC have developed my leadership skills and with the help of the cadre and the older cadets, who have since graduated and are now serving all over the world, I have had the best resources possible to train me for my future job.

The great training that I have undergone does not stop during the school year and I have had the opportunity to train with active duty soldiers over the past two summers at Air Assault School and at the Sapper Leader Course. By training with other soldiers it offered me the ability to talk and learn from soldiers with a lot of experience. It is important to take the time to listen to the enlisted soldiers who can tell you a lot about their experiences with fresh 2nd Lieutenants. You can learn about some of the great things their platoon leaders have done for them and you can learn from mistakes that they have made. Even though ROTC involves a lot of hard work and a descent amount of your free time the benefits of the training you are receiving during that time is incredible. You also meet so many people within the program that become some of your best friends throughout college. The training you undergo forges some great friendships that will no doubt carry on for years to come. Much of the training we conduct teaches us skills we can take to the army with us. Being that we are currently a nation at war I and many of my fellow cadets have taken full advantage of the training opportunities. As an up and coming officer we should all be seeking every piece of information we can gather so that we never let our soldiers down and that we are as prepared as we can be to lead America’s sons and daughters.

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Cadet Jason Matthews

Assistant S3

Hometown: Lowell, MA

Major: Psychology

Why did you join ROTC?

I joined ROTC to gain leadership experience and to expand my resume for
the workforce as well as for my professional career.  I understand that
leadership experience is vital to get ahead in any endeavor or trade as it
will afford someone more opportunities.

How has ROTC benefited me while in college?

ROTC has enabled me to enhance my discipline as a student.  I have found
that through my experience with ROTC I have gained a better since of what
I consider to be important and what is more of a distraction.  Because of
this I have been able to focus on what is important and get it done with
more efficiency.

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Cadet Derek George

Cadet S4 In charge of Supply and Logistics, and JWU Commander

Hometown: Newton, MA, 5 Min Outside of Boston

Major: Food Service Management, Culinary Arts, and Economics

Why did you join ROTC?

 At the age of 5 I told my grandfather who was a green beret that I was going to be in the US army and become a Special Forces officer some day. So since a young age I new I would be in the military and the best place to be is an Officer. I am going to soon commission as a Military Police Officer in the RI National Guard.

How has ROTC benefited me while in college?

ROTC has helped me become a better student in school by helping me concentrate on my work more and make me have to get it done.

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Cadet Jason Matthews

Cadet S4 In charge of Supply and Logistics, and JWU Commander

Hometown: Lowell, MA

Major: Psychology

Why did you join ROTC?

I joined ROTC to gain leadership experience and to expand my resume for
the workforce as well as for my professional career.  I understand that
leadership experience is vital to get ahead in any endeavor or trade as it
will afford someone more opportunities.

How has ROTC benefited me while in college?

ROTC has enabled me to enhance my discipline as a student.  I have found
that through my experience with ROTC I have gained a better since of what
I consider to be important and what is more of a distraction.  Because of
this I have been able to focus on what is important and get it done with
more efficiency.

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Cadet Sara Stowell

MSIV, S5

Hometown: Charlotte, North Carolina

Major: Social Science and Women's Studies

Why did you join ROTC?

I joined ROTC because I have always loved the discipline and physical aspect of the Army.  I knew it would provide me the opportunity to develop leadership skills that would contribute to my success in life beyond my career in the Army.

How has ROTC benefited you while in college? 

The patience and leadership skills ROTC has taught me has followed me into my other college endeavors. I have learned to prioritize while participating in PC's Campus Ministry and continuing to volunteer alongside my academics and my ROTC requirements.

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Cadet Ryan Allen

MSIV, Bravo CTO/ Bryant University OIC

Hometown: Suffield, CT

Major: Business Management

Why did you join ROTC?

 I joined ROTC because growing up, I've always wanted to be in the Army. When I found out all of the leadership and networking opportunities available to an officer in the Army I felt it was a perfect match for me.

 

How has ROTC Benefited you while in college?

ROTC has benefited me while in college because I have learned and been exposed to many different types of leadership. I have increased my leadership abilities exponentially through the wide variety of training that I have undergone. Another large factor that ROTC has benefited myself in is the ability to work hard and to focus on the task at hand. A sense of discipline has been ingrained in my head not only from dealing with other soldiers and officers; but the fact that you have to balance schoolwork with ROTC.

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Cadet David Devine

MSIV, Charlie Company Commander

Hometown: Warwick, RI

Major: History

Why did you join ROTC?

I joined Army ROTC out of a desire to serve my country as an Army officer, which is a goal I have strove towards since I was young.  I believed then and will always believe that soldiering represents the most honorable and valuable profession in this nation or any other, and I wanted to be a part of the same organization that my grandfather and other relatives served in during past wars.  Beyond service to my country, I can honestly say that I enrolled in ROTC and set off to become an officer out of a yearning to do something worthwhile and even exceptional with my life; embarking on a career as an Army leader will, in my mind at least, provide me with that opportunity and with a set of achievements I can be proud of.  In short, I can think of no other job I would rather do.

How has ROTC benefited you while in college?

ROTC has benefitted me tremendously during the 3-odd years I have been a member of the organization.  Firstly, it has provided me with many of the skills I will need to lead people in any given situation - and in any given career I might find myself in beyond the U.S. Army.  It has also given me a much greater degree of confidence in myself and in my abilities.  When I first enrolled in the program as a college freshman, I had little self-confidence that did not center around my skills at Xbox games.  After experiencing 3 years of leadership training and Army schools, including Airborne School and LDAC, I have not only broadening my horizons as a person but have also accomplished more than any normal college student would have during their student career.  This sense of accomplishment has provided me with confidence in my capabilities, and that goes beyond the tangible benefits that I receive from a full 4-year ROTC scholarship and monthly stipend.

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Cadet Dan Marusak

MSIV, Charlie Company Training Officer

Hometown: Lincoln, RI

Major: Political Science

Why did you join ROTC?

I joined ROTC because I wanted to become an Army Officer, but did not want to attend a military college such as West Point.

How has ROTC benefited me while in college?

I feel that the training I have received while in ROTC has given me the confidence and tools to overcome challenges in both the military and civilian life.

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Cadet Dennis Kelly

MS III

Battalion Position:MSIII

Home Town: Colts Neck, NJ

Major: Political Science

Why did you join ROTC?

I joined Army ROTC to first and foremost serve my country in her time of need.  I also joined ROTC in order to learn the skills needed to become an effective and successful leader of men and women both in the Army and civilian worlds.

How has ROTC benefited me while in college?

ROTC has benefited me in several ways.  First is the great friends that I have made over the past three years and the camaraderie that we all share is like nothing else I have experienced before.  Secondly, ROTC has challenged me physically in mentally to do things that I have never done before.  ROTC has provided me with the mental toughness to take on the rigors of pursuing a college education while at the same time training to defend our nation in a time of war.   

Cadet Mike Kane

MS III

Hometown: Middleborough MA

Major: Criminal Justice/ Mathematics

Why did you join ROTC?

I joined ROTC because of the commitment I believe that I owe my country.

How has ROTC benefited me while in college?

It has made me a stronger, more confident individual, but more importantly, it has allowed me to
stand out from everyone else, as a leader.

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Cadet Joshua T Leard "JT"

MS III

Hometown: Providence RI

Major: Hotel Management

Why did you join ROTC?

I joined ROTC because I was enlisted for almost 4 years and wanted to take my military career to the next level.

How has ROTC benefited me while in college?

Being enlisted means knowing your MOS and being good at it. Being an officer means knowing a vast variety of knowledge and being able to use it appropriately; ROTC is helping me grow with Land Navigation, TLP (Troop Leading Procedures), acroynmys, D & C. ect.

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Cadet Fredrick J Brown

MS III

Hometown: Hackensack N.J.

Major: Accounting/Finance

Why did you join ROTC?

I joined ROTC to become a Reserve Officer, and to help pay tuition expenses.

How has ROTC benefited me while in college?

ROTC has been a huge benefit for me in college by helping me pay day to day expenses and covering the rising costs of tuition allowing me to focus on the what is important my grades and future.

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Cadet Maria F. Delgado

MS III

Hometown: San Diego, CA

Major: Industrial Design

Why did you join ROTC?

I enlisted in the Army National Guard more than five years ago with the intent of pursuing a career as an officer.  The idea of simultaneously serving my country as well as attending college was one of the many things that appealed to me.  What I didn't plan was how much I'd fall in love with the enlisted side of the house and within a few years found confidence, competence and pride in my MOS (military occupational skill) and position.  I loved my unit, my company was my family and we looked out for each other (still do).  With encouragement and a positive environment, I was inspired to strive up in ranks.  I wanted to be a strong, highly-esteemed NCO (non-comissioned officer), just like my role models, and work with troops by hand.  I'm an artist in the civilian side and that is what I have been pursuing academically.  I was originally attending a state school, but last year I was accepted into the top-tier art school I attend now.   It was an opportunity I couldn't turn down.  It was actually to the advice of military family members and ROTC alumni that I decided to join.  I guess I planned on eventually doing OCS, but since the occasion arose, I figured why not do it now.  If I truly cared about troops, this is where I could really make a difference.  There are many reasons why I initially joined the Army, but after serving a few years, I realize now that I needed to be part of something bigger than myself.  Sometimes things run great, sometimes things suck (excuse my language) and a lot of times it's parallel--"Suck it up" we say.  The Army definitely has a certain grit that I just can't get enough of.  I'm a nerd and I love Army, I can't help it.

 

How has ROTC benefited me while in college?

RISD is a private school--it definitely bites a hole in your wallet.  I'm going to be in debt for the rest of my life, but at least having a ROTC scholarship helps offset more than half the cost by paying tuition.  Being in the Army, even if you're a new ROTC cadet, definitely puts a broad, new perspective on everything, especially things otherwise mundane.  Handling everything from busy schedules, PT (physical training), formation times, accountability, leadership tasks, etc. on top of the demands of college really builds character.  For example, you're not just the typical college kid, drinking and partying away the best years of his/her life--at least, you're much more appreciative of it when you are.  And of course, you are welcomed with camaraderie and support into this community of cadets that are going through the same thing you are.

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Cadet Eric C. Higgins

MSIII

Hometown: Leicester, MA

Major: Applied Actuarial Mathematics

Why did you join ROTC?

I recognized a tremendous benefits package offered by Bryant University and Providence College, and felt I need to take advantage of it. The economic reward and sense of satisfaction far exceeds any time commitment that is required.

How has ROTC benefited me while in college?

Not only has this become a topic of discussion for every interview I have taken part in, but I do not need to find a part time job. I have also developed strong organizational skills along with a strong sense of attention to detail. Cadets are viewed with respect among peers as well as future employers, a characteristic that can't be matched.

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Cadet Cody Montelo

MSIII

Hometown: Middleboro, MA

Major: Material Science/Bio Materials Engineer

Why did you join ROTC?

I wanted to be a leader to myself and to others that follow me.  I have family that has fought for this country as officers from WWII and up. I want to better myself and be looked at as role model to other soldiers.

How has ROTC benefited you while in college?

Well I have to say first that without ROTC I wouldn't be able to pay for some of my college bills.  I would be stuck working 10pm-7am 5 days a week and still doing school full time.  It helps me be able to focus more attention towards school and less at work. ROTC has also taught me different things, being able to work with people you normally wouldn't work with while having fun, leadership skills that have stayed dormant, basic military movements while out in the field example being Ambush Attacks, and more. It's a little tough if it is your first time even if you have been to basic training.  Some of the experiences that I have had can't be taught through reading a book.  I will take these benefits through the rest of my career.

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Cadet Reinaldo Sanchez

MSIII

Hometown: East Providence, RI.

Major: Network Engineering

Why do you join ROTC?

I joined ROTC because it has given me the opportunity to become an Army officer. Also, I will have the opportunity not only to develop in one field, but I will have the chance to work with different branches and gain experience in all of them with the goal to become stronger in all aspects.

 How has ROTC benefited me while in college?

ROTC has benefited me by giving me the opportunity to gain valuable leadership not only in my military career, but as well as in my college education. Also, the program has given me the chance to experience a different life style that fits mine in all aspects.

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Cadet Ryan Totolo

MSIII

Hometown: Goose Creek, SC

Major: Management

Why did you join ROTC?

 I joined ROTC to pursue my goal to become an Army Officer.

How has ROTC benefited you while in college?

 ROTC has benefited me in a number of different ways, but most notably in my professional development. It has taught me to complete every task to the best of my ability, without considering anything short of my best performance.

Cadet Thomas Cresci

MSIII

Hometown: Longmeadow, MA

Major: Finance

Why did you join ROTC?

I joined ROTC because it is in my opinion, the best leadership course in the country.  I want to continue the tradition of service in my family and there is no better way than to lead soldiers and defend our country.  Regardless of how long I stay in the military, ROTC will be my foundation for anything I choose to take on.  It promotes confidence, integrity, and camaraderie through leadership.

How has ROTC benefited me while in college?

While at Providence College, I have benefitted tremendously from the discipline and training through ROTC.  I have become more confident not only as a leader and student but as a person.  The program separates cadets from the average college student and brings them to the next level.  I have more motivation and a stronger will to accomplish tasks in both my studies and training.  I also have a greater appreciation for our country, specifically those serving and those that have served.

Cadet Terrence Horne

MSIII

Hometown: Great Mills, MD

Why did you join ROTC?

 I was told that it would be a good experience.

How has ROTC benefited me while in college?

 It has kept me in shape.

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Cadet Geoffrey Ensby

MS III, Bryant University

Hometown: Colton, NY

Major: Finance and Applied Statistics

Why did you join ROTC?

I joined ROTC for several reasons.  First and foremost was to serve my country, since we're given so much, and thus should do something worthwhile in return.  Secondly, the Army offers its personnel opportunities to engage in activities and utilize tools and machines that could never be accessed in the civilian world.  Thirdly, I hoped to gain skills and develop abilities that would aid me in the job market and differentiate me from others.

How has ROTC benefited you while in college?

ROTC has provided me with skills that I would never have learned anywhere else.  It has also given me the opportunity to do things I would never get to do otherwise such as rappel and play with cool technology.  Further, I have gained experiences that have provided me with the ability to test myself and increase my knowledge.

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Cadet Gregory J. Cello

MS II

Hometown:Washingtonville, New York

Major:Biology

Why did you join ROTC?

I live in a world where people kill for the sake of perpetuating an ideological goal, kill for the sake of killing, and kill in the hopes of making all live in fear.  America is considered by most terrorists to be their enemy and any attack resulting in the death of Americans is a victory for their fruitless vision.  I see no other act in this country that serves its people and its ideals than to serve in its military and fight to protect it from these beings. What could possibly be more fulfilling at the end of one’s life than know that they fought for the greatest nation in the world, fought to ensure that the freedom that all its citizens share, is protected for the sons and daughters of their sons and daughters.  It pays no mind to me whether or not people will ever come to know exactly what I have or will do for them, but it is that that they never truly know, means that I fulfilled my obligation to protect their way of live by not disrupting it and making them fear or worry.  As long as the American stays ignorant of my doing in their lifetime, I have fulfilled my mission.  That is why I joined Army ROTC; it will provide me with the means to meet my end.

How has ROTC benefited me while in college?

            Since I’ve been here in I have become more of a man than I could ever have imagined.  I showed up at Providence College during welcoming days for the new cadets as a fool and now at the end of my third semester I can easily say that I have become more of a man that I ever thought I would be at this point. It is all because I have given myself all the time to mess up and none of the time to recover, meaning I had to forcefully change my ways as to allow my body to be in top form and perform my best academically, physically, and mentally. By taking classes in military science and being around upper classmen and officers you slowly gain the essence of a leader and in turn start becoming one yourself. Because of my choice to be a cadet at Providence College I feel I will be able to accomplish all my goals that I have set in my life.

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Cadet Edward Fish

MS II

Hometown: Granville, NY

Major: International Business

Why did you join ROTC?

Joined ROTC for the experience the Army gives an individual and wanting to serve the United States of America.

How has ROTC benefited me while in college?

ROTC had benefited me as it has taught me dedication and forced me to push myself.

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Cadet Steve Lackey

MS II

Hometown: New Bedford

Major: Crime & Justice

Why did you join ROTC?

To learn the skills to become an officer, to become, to lead to show the way.

How has ROTC benefited me while in college?

To learn both military and civilian skills at the same time, to save time.

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Cadet Kristofer Seibt

MS II

Hometown: Carle Place, NY

Major: History Major/German Minor

Why did you join ROTC?

Patriotism.  It has always been my goal to become an officer in the US Army.  I was originally set on going to West Point, but I cut the application process short in favor of attending Providence College, and joining the ROTC program.  The opportunity to have a 4 year college experience, combined with the simultaneous pursuit of an Army career, really appealed to me.  As an Eagle Scout, I have always held service to our nation and Constitution in the highest regard.  I hope to commission after my senior year as the best Army officer that I can be, and to serve the military and our nation's citizens to the fullest of my abilities.

How has ROTC benefited me while in college?

ROTC provided an immediate support system for me upon entering college.  It was easy for me to adjust when I already had this core group of friends to build on.  In addition, from Day 1 the Battalion has been there for every Cadet--providing him or her with every and any kind of support that would help them succeed.  All 3 of my roommates are fellow high speed cadets, as are some of my closest friends.  ROTC has reinforced and built upon my values of integrity, discipline, and character.  In a college culture riddled with temptations that would normally lead to failure, ROTC has helped me to put the mission first and therefore succeed.  A Stipend in addition to fully paid tuition and room/board.  PT.  Enough said.

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Cadet Timothy Twohey

MS II

Hometown: Cumberland

Major: Law Enforcement

Why did you join ROTC?

To become an officer in the military and serve my country.

How has ROTC benefited me while in college?

Keeps me motivated and teaches me army discipline.

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Cadet Sean Tufariello

MS II

Hometown: Attleboro, MA

Major: Political Science and History

Why did you join ROTC?

I have always wanted to be in the National Guard and I found out through my research that officers are closer to political side of the military. Plus a commission will help me out with my full-time civilian career.

How has ROTC benefited me while in college?

ROTC has benefited me by giving me a sense of discipline and duty. It has introduced me to a new world and the values of the army.

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Cadet Patrick O'Donnell

MS II

Hometown: Carver, MA

Major: Finance

Why did you join ROTC?

To push myself physically and mentally. To be an officer in the Army and give back to my country.

How has ROTC benefited me while in college?

Kept me in shape, opened new friendships, and paid my tuition.

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Cadet Robert Webber

MS II

Hometown: Rowley, Ma

Major: Political Science

Why did you join ROTC?

I had planned on joining straight out of high school, but my family suggested I try out my leadership skills and get a college education.

How has ROTC benefited you while in college?

ROTC has provided me with skills not usually found in college. The program keeps me motivated, confident and in good physical shape.

 

Cadet Edward Fish

MS II

Hometown: Granville, NY

Major: International Business

Why did you join ROTC?

Joined ROTC for the experience the Army gives an individual and wanting to serve the United States of America.

How has ROTC benefited me while in college?

ROTC had benefited me as it has taught me dedication and forced me to push myself.

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Cadet Steven Dearborn

MSII

Hometown: Wynantskill, NY

Major: Business Finance


Why did you join ROTC? 

The program allows me to simultaneously serve my country as well as secure a successful future for myself.

How ROTC has benefited me while in college?

It has provided me with skills that can be incorporated in both civilian and military careers.  Also, I immediately formed great friendships with the other cadets.

Cadet Brian Hawkins

MSII

Hometown: Cranston, RI

Majors: Nursing, Psychology, Chemical Dependency/Addiction Studies

Why Did I Join the ROTC?

To Potentially help Wounded Soldiers after College

How Has ROTC benefited me while in college?

It has helped me work towards certain goals.

Cadet Dennis Kelly

MSII

Home Town: Colts Neck, NJ

Major: Political Science

Why did you join ROTC?

I joined Army ROTC to first and foremost serve my country in her time of need.  I also joined ROTC in order to learn the skills needed to become an effective and successful leader of men and women both in the Army and civilian worlds.

How has ROTC benefited me while in college?

ROTC has benefited me in several ways.  First is the great friends that I have made over the past three years and the camaraderie that we all share is like nothing else I have experienced before.  Secondly, ROTC has challenged me physically in mentally to do things that I have never done before.  ROTC has provided me with the mental toughness to take on the rigors of pursuing a college education while at the same time training to defend our nation in a time of war.

Cadet Nilson Fernandes

MS II

Hometown: South Boston

Major: Operations Management

Why did you join ROTC?

When I transferred from a military school I wanted to still take part in the military life while attending a civilian school. Army ROTC made it easy for me to stay physically in shape and mentally focused. It’s like being part of a sports team that instead of going to games, you PT to better yourself and one day be able to stand in front of a group of men and women and with confidence tell them Follow me.

How has ROTC benefited me while in college?

Well since ROTC I’ve become more focused on what important. I’ve understood that education is key and that in order to be an effective leader one must be smart in tactics and also books.

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Cadet Christopher Lyon

MS II

Hometown: Shrewsbury, MA

Major: Pre-Engineering

Why did you join ROTC?

I joined ROTC because I am looking for a career in the military and getting a college degree for a second career after I get out of the Army is the best way to go.

 

How has ROTC benefited me while in college?

I have made a lot of good friends through ROTC and the things you do as cadets (FTX, PT, Lab, Ranger Challenge, Ruckmarch, etc.) are always fun.  The fact that they pay for my tuition is a pretty big plus too.

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Cadet David Rosar

MS II

Battalion Position: MS II

Hometown: Dunmore, Pa

Major: Culinary Arts

Why did you join ROTC?

To help offset the cost of attending college.


How has ROTC benefited me while in college?

My communication skills, team building skills have improved greatly. Meeting other cadets from different schools, and also becoming a leader will help me after I serve my country.

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Cadet Jeff O'Loughlin

MS II

Hometown: St. Petersburg, Florida

Major: Business management

Why did you join ROTC?

I joined ROTC to afford an education and pursue a military career

Cadet Lauren Magrane

MS II

Hometown:Douglasville, Georgia

Major:Political Science

Why did you join ROTC?

I wanted to challenge myself to work towards becoming a commissioned Army Officer.  With that, I want to serve my country and aim to defend our nation’s freedoms, while ultimately serving something greater than myself.

How has ROTC benefited me while in college?

I am most grateful to have received an ROTC scholarship, allowing me to continue my college education.  In addition, I have learned and developed new skill-sets as a leader, fostered new relationships and friendships, and have served my community with great pride and a strengthened sense of purpose.  Also, I continue to grow in strengthening myself both physically and emotionally while preparing for my future.

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Cadet Lewin Richards

MS II

Hometown: Suffern, NY

Major: Marketing

Why did you join ROTC?

 I have always been fascinated with the army’s ability to motivate people and teach them how to lead, so I figured what better way is there than to join the Army ROTC program at Providence College. And in this program, I hope to gain the skills and knowledge needed to better myself for the future.

How has ROTC benefited me while in college?

Joining the ROTC in college helped me meet new people who share the same excitement I have for the army. Also the ROTC program is a great way to not only learn how to become a better leader but learn how to overcome obstacles whether in the class room or in training. And during these awesome times of training to become a leader, one will learn how to respect and encourage others, take on responsibilities, maintain and control a group of individuals, and work as a team.

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Cadet William R. Buckley, III

MSI

Hometown: Foxboro, MA

Major: Psychology

Why did you join ROTC?

I joined ROTC because I felt it was the best avenue for me. I wanted the regular college experience but at the same time to fulfill my wish of becoming an Army officer. The military academies couldn't provide the former so I applied for the four year ROTC scholarship.

How has ROTC benefited you while in college?

ROTC has been the most rewarding aspect of college for me thus far. I really can't describe it other than a sense of belonging and brotherhood. ROTC has also introduced me to a group of aspiring officers who share my same belief in service to the country, and for that I am extremely grateful towards the program.

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Cadet Ewen Finser

MSI

Hometown: Peterborough, NH

Major: Political Science

Why did you join ROTC?

I have always wanted to serve my country in some way and always felt drawn to the army. I felt like it was the best way I could serve. Basically it's something I have always wanted to do.

How has ROTC benefited me while in college?

It has provided something above and beyond the normal college experience. It provides a certain kind of structure and routine that is helpful to all aspects of my college life.

Cadet Kyle Ribeiro

MSI

Hometown: Middleboro, MA

Major: Politics and Law

Why did you join ROTC?

I have never been the type of person who could sit idly by while other people placed themselves in danger.  I feel that as long as there are people suffering in unforgiving situations, it is my responsibility to do everything I possibly can to ensure that their suffering is minimal.  Oftentimes when people ask me why I chose to commit to joining the Army they say jokingly 'Is it because you want to shoot people?', and this statement never fails to turn my stomach.  I did not choose this profession for the purpose of harming other people; I chose to join the Army for the opportunity to save as many lives as I possibly can.

How has ROTC benefited you while in college?

Army ROTC is the most rigorous and well-respected leadership training organization found on college campuses.  The hands on training I’ve received from both the upper-class cadets and senior Army personnel has given me a set of values and skills that will last me a lifetime.  Leadership by example is more than a job requirement, and thanks to the lessons taught20in ROTC, I have personally made it a point to live the values I believe in.

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Cadet Bryan Wall

MSI

Hometown: Cranston, RI

Major: Mechanical Engineering

Why did you join ROTC?

I have always wanted to be a leader. Any leader is responsible for the people under him or her and I want to make sure that the people I am in charge of will be taken care of and will be set
up for success.

How has ROTC benefited me while in college?

ROTC has shown me how to be a great leader and a great athlete. They motivate you to always give 110% and teach you great skills that can be used in or outside of the military. It is a great program.

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Cadet Anthony Rosa

MSI

Hometown: Hartford, CT

Major: CAD/Engineering Design

Why did you join ROTC?

I joined ROTC because I wanted to serve my country and be part of something that stood for something. I thought the Army would be a good place for me to gain structure in my life and develop skills for my future

How has ROTC benefited me while in college?

ROTC has kept me motivated and given me a purpose to strive for my goals. I have learned through ROTC the importance of hard work and dedication.

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Cadet Amberly Glitz

MSI

Hometown: Des Plaines, IL

Major: Undeclared

Why did you join ROTC?

Ever since I can remember, I have intended to serve my country in the U.S. Military. I come from a strong family tradition of military service, and aside from wishing to carry on this honorable tradition, I believe it is important, as a beneficiary of the rights and privileges of our country and its constitution, to contribute to its defense as well. After looking into a number of options and service branches, I decided that Army ROTC was the best fit for me, as it gave me a chance to pursue other interests during college while simultaneously preparing me to serve as an Army officer.

 

How has ROTC benefited you while in College?

The decision to join ROTC was the best I ever made. Not only have I been introduced to a separate, tight-knit community, but I have found a number of excellent, upperclass mentors who have been an incredible resource for me. The program itself is just what I was looking for, as it offered extra activities - such as Ranger Challenge - in addition to the regular requirements. This chance to increase the amount of time spent doing ROTC was wonderful, and helped me feel more at home in the Patriot Battalion. Aside from serving as a great enrichment to my education, along with the significant material benefits of the scholarship, ROTC has most importantly given me the opportunity to do something I really love, and is the highlight of my college experience.

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Cadet Andrew Lucid

MSI

Hometown: New Providence, NJ

Major: History

Why did you join ROTC?

I felt it in my heart that joining the military was the right thing to do.  After I saw the events on 9/11/01 up close and personal I was compelled to defend the country that I love so much.  ever since then all I have wanted to do is serve in the military.  ROTC also allows you to become commissioned in the Army and still have a great college experience. 

How has ROTC benefited me while in college?

The Patriot Battalion is a positive, fun, motivating, and structured organization.  As a freshman I feel the upper classmen and Cadre have done an excellent job incorporating the freshmen into the program and have made the transition from high school to college a lot easier.  Through the program I have learned many valuable life lessons and skills as well as military ones.  I have also met many amazing people and close friends through ROTC.

Cadet Chris Cauda

MSI

Hometown: Middletown, NJ

Major: Undeclared

Why did you join ROTC?

I joined ROTC because I wanted to be an officer in the army.  I feel it is my duty to serve the country in some way, especially during this time of war, and I feel this is the best way for me to do so.

How has ROTC benefited me while in college?

ROTC has continuously challenged me to do push myself to do better in school and in training.  I know that I'm going to be in the army when I graduate so now I have to push myself so that i can be as good of an officer as I can.

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Cadet Raymond Letourneau

MSI

Hometown: Born in Witchita Falls, Texas. Resident in South Hadley, Ma

Major: Chemistry

Why did you join ROTC?

I love the military, lived it my whole life. I thought it would be a great way to pay for my college and become a leader of the U.S Army all at the same time (Two birds with one stone).

How has ROTC benefited me while in college?

I have started to learn how to become a leader by being who I am and by living up to the Army values. It has helped me make friends and helped me have fun.

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Cadet Patrick Shea

MSI

Hometown: Dalton, MA

Major: Finance

Why did you join ROTC?

I joined ROTC to learn how to become a great leader. Being a leader will help me with my career not only in the Army, but in any position I wish to pursue in the distant future.

How has ROTC benefited me while in college?

ROTC has benefited me in my college career by helping me pay for college. I have also met many new people.

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