Class of 2004 grads move out and up
Life after The Citadel
In May hundreds of new Citadel graduates—both cadet
and College of Graduate and Professional Studies students—left
behind their books and tests to head for jobs in the work world,
the military or to continue their education in graduate school.
Here's what some of them say about their plans after graduation.
South Carolina Corps of Cadets
"I have big plans for the month of May. We graduate on the 8th.
Then the following weekend on the 16th I am getting married at Summerall
Chapel! This summer, I am moving to Washington D.C. I have been
selected to work with the National Defense Intelligence Agency at
the Pentagon. I plan to work with the intelligence community to
aid in our country's national security and operational planning.
At this point, I am not aware of my position, but I have been told
I might be an entry-level analyst or a language specialist."
Cadet Marilyn F. Castro-Perez
Political Science -
"After graduation I have my plans pretty much set. I am from Greenville, S.C.,
and I am Oscar Company's academic officer. I am getting married
to Jennifer McCormick on July 3 in Lancaster, S.C. From then on
I will work for Milliken & Co. as an entry-level process improvement
manager. My job is located in Lavonia, Ga., but I will be moving
with my future wife to the Anderson, S.C., area where she will become
an elementary school teacher.
Cadet Jeff Braeunig
"To celebrate graduation, a good friend and I are driving out
west for six weeks. We will be backpacking and climbing through
five national parks: the Grand Canyon, Great Basin, Grand Teton,
Yellowstone and Glacier. As for the future, I will be starting graduate
school at Cornell University in late August. I will be working toward
a master's degree in computer science."
Cadet Patrick C. Reilly
"My plans after graduation are to work for local law enforcement
while attending graduate school at Charleston Southern University
in pursuit of a master's degree in criminal justice. All that matters
is that I celebrate graduation with my friends, family and classmates."
Cadet 2nd Lt. Conrad
"I will be attending grad school here at The Citadel in the Master's
in Business Administration program."
Cadet 2nd Lt. Rose
Women's Track Team Captain
"In late October, I accepted a job offer from Wachovia Securities
(Corporate Investment Bank). I will be an investment banking financial
analyst for Wachovia Securities in the mergers and acquisitions/financial
sponsors group. On June 2, 2004, I will begin a five-week analyst-training
program. After completion, I will begin working full time at Wachovia's
corporate headquarters in Charlotte, N.C."
Cadet Philip T. Medico III
2nd Battalion Commander
"I will be commissioned into the Air Force and go to Robins Air
Force Base while awaiting flight school."
Cadet Maj. Andrew C.
Regimental Athletic Officer
"I will be going to graduate school here at The Citadel to get
my master's in business administration."
"Following graduation, I will be attending the Charleston School
of Law where I am scheduled to graduate with the class of 2007.
The school is new, and I will be a member of the first class.
Cadet 2nd Lt. Robert
Delta Company Athletic Officer
"I will be teaching in the Charleston area as well as joining the Army Reserves
for five years—after which time I will go full-time active
duty, retire, teach some more, retire again and open a restaurant."
Cadet 2nd Lt. Travis
"I will be commissioned to the Air Force and go to San Angelo,
Texas, for military intelligence training."
Cadet 2nd Lt. George
"I will be commissioned U.S. Navy as an ensign, reporting to flight
school in July in hopes of becoming a Naval aviator—maybe
one day returning to college to get a master's degree in English
or go to law school."
Cadet 2nd Lt. Nathan C.
English Major, Minor in International and Military
Virginia Beach, Va.
"On May 22, 2004, I will be marrying my fiancÚ and best friend
Katherine Aiken. Following the wedding we will be moving to Atlanta,
Ga. I have been accepted into the Georgia Institute of Technology
School of Computing where I will be working on my master's degree
in computer science with an emphasis in robotics. I plan to work
towards a Ph.D. in this field following my master's."
Cadet Maj. Jeffrey Joseph
Regimental ITS officer
"I will be commissioned as a second lieutenant in the U.S. Marine
Corps. I have orders to go to Quantico, Va., to attend basic school."
Cadet 2nd Lt. Ricardo S.
F-Troop Platoon Commander
"After graduation I will be receiving a commission in the U.S.
Army National Guard. As a second lieutenant I will serve with L.
Company 1-151st Aviation Battalion. At present, I have served a
year and a half with this unit as a UH-60 Blackhawk and AH-64 Apache
Helicopter maintenance platoon leader. During the time before I
report to Fort Rucker for the Army's flight school, I will be attending
The Citadel as a master's candidate in clinical psychology. My ultimate
goal is to serve in the Army as an AH-64D Apache Longbow pilot and
eventually use my psychological background to either go into the
business world or begin a private practice in the state."
Cadet Maj. Patrick
"I am moving to Bavaria in Germany to start an Internet and gaming
cafe called Sportsworld: The Gamers Paradise. I and '03 grad, Chris
Smith, will be owners. People will come in, have a coffee, a beer
and play X-Box and use the Internet."
Cadet 2nd Lt. Zach
"I will be commissioned in the Marine Corps after graduation."
Cadet 2nd Lt. Thomas H.
"After graduation, I will go back to Europe and play professional
basketball while taking a few classes online for my master's degree
in electrical engineering."
"After graduation I will be a high school social studies teacher and
soccer coach in Charleston County."
Cadet Capt. Jermaine
1st Battalion Academic Officer
"I will be commissioned in the Army as a second lieutenant and
I will be going into the Medical Service Corps. My first duty station
is Ft. Knox, Ky., where I will be helping out with the Leadership
Training Camp, and then I have to attend officer basic course Sept.
12 at Ft. Sam Houston, Texas. I have not yet received my permanent
Cadet 2nd Lt. Kenneth M.
Regimental Pipe Band Drum Major
"After graduation I am accepting a commission in the U.S. Air
Force Reserves (Security Forces) at Dobins, Air Reserve Base in
Atlanta, Ga. After training in the fall, I hope to attend the Medical
University of South Carolina to get a master's degree in either
physical therapy or nursing."
"When I graduate I will be commissioned in the Air Force and go
to Goodfellow Air Force Base the week after graduation from Intelligence
Officer's School. I then hope to get stationed somewhere in the
Air Combat Command and eventually work for either the FBI or CIA
doing counter terrorist operations."
Cadet Capt. Kyle
"Following my graduation from The Citadel, I will be attending law school
at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill."
Cadet Capt. Jim Senter
2nd Battalion Adjutant
"I am an aspiring law school student (awaiting acceptance to South
Carolina and Charleston). Three days after graduation I will leave
to go backpacking through Europe, ending up in Germany with my brother
('03) who is stationed at Ramstein Air Force Base. When I return
mid-July, I hope to be getting ready for law school."
Cadet 1st Lt. Thomas (Hunter) Reid
Charlie Co. Academic Officer
"I plan to go home for three months and make some money to help
fund a three-month, possibly four-month, trip to Europe to backpack
and see the world. After that I will come home in December and find
a job. The rest I have no idea about."
Cadet 2nd Lt. Jared
"I'll be commissioned into the Army's Transportation Corps after
graduation. Soon to follow, I'm getting married May 16th, and I
report to Ft. Eustis, Va., for officer's basic course June 20."
"After receiving a commission in the U.S. Army and graduating from The
Citadel, I will attend the University of Akron School of Law."
Cadet Capt. Shaun
Honor Committee Chairman
"During the summer I am going to work at an electrical engineering
consulting firm in Columbia, S.C., as an entry-level engineer. In
August I will be attending the Charleston School of Law to focus
on intellectual property law."
Cadet Capt. Jason A.
Regimental Pipe Major
College of Graduate and Professional Studies
"After graduation I plan to carry on my life as it was before. As a retired
military member, I wanted to earn a master's degree for self-fulfillment.
And although it is not inconceivable that I make an employment change—that
was not a motivating factor in pursuing my educational goal—I
further wanted to accomplish this goal to motivate my sons—sort
of an if I can do it, you can do it type thing."
"My husband and I have been blessed with three boys, George, 6,
John, 5, and Matthew, 3. My graduation Sunday, May 2nd is a celebration
for all and represents the sacrifices and hard work each was able
to achieve. My Citadel MAT [Social Studies] degree is a life-saving
career change after 16 years in the legal profession. It is a dream-come-true
that will allow me to finally be entering the classroom. I will
be teaching at Alice Birney Middle School in North Charleston and
consider it my privilege to be working with the children and their
families within that school's community. They have been too long
underestimated. They are very inspiring for me to bring into the
classroom my absolute finest! I look forward to the school calendar
too, which will afford me much more family time! Thank you, Citadel."
MAT, Secondary Education, Social Studies
"I decided to attend The Citadel because of its excellent reputation
throughout South Carolina. I am proud of the master's degree I have
earned, and I will always respect the faculty who taught me what
it takes to become a stronger person through education."
Scott D. Fricano
"My goal was
career enhancement with my current employer."
"I'm a second grade teacher at Ashley River Creative Arts Elementary
School. This was my third year of teaching and I still love my job.
I attended The Citadel to earn my master's degree in teaching-reading.
I wanted to open new doors for myself in my teaching career. I do
love teaching second grade, but I would love to be a reading teacher
for first and second graders. I plan to continue living in Charleston
and teaching at Ashley River for as long as they'll have me."
"I'm staying in my existing career as a financial advisor.
Mount Pleasant, S.C.
"I have taken the last four years going to school at night to
earn my M.A.T. so that I can teach secondary social studies and
coach high school basketball. After graduating 2000 with a bachelor's
degree in history from Furman University, I came to the Lowcountry
to teach and was not hired as a high school teacher because I was
not state certified. I worked full-time during the entire four years,
and I think the graduate program at The Citadel is wonderful for
working students! I have already been hired as a teacher for the
2004-2005 school year at Cario Middle School. I will be back in
a year or two to start the school administration program at The
Arthur Ryan Giles
Mount Pleasant, S.C.
My current occupation is as a graduate assistant in The Citadel School of
Business. My post-graduation occupation will be as a consultant for IBM Business
Consulting in Washington, D.C."
Mount Pleasant, S.C.
"I've gotten a fellowship to pursue my Ph.D. in history at Tulane,
starting this fall. I will specialize in 19th century Southern women's
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