If afforded the opportunity to attend XXXXXXXXXXX, I believe my varied background including military service and public advocacy will aid me in enhancing the diversity of the XXXXXXXXXXX community both in and out of the classroom.
Within a week of graduating high school I left to complete my initial training for service as an infantryman in the Marine Corps reserves. In addition to my duties as a reservist, my education was interrupted for a year as I completed additional training and served in Afghanistan, spending part of my time as a military adviser for the Jordanian Armed Forces, and the remainder of the time serving as a member of a mobile assault platoon conducting daily patrols in the local villages. After over six years of service I left the Marine Corps as a Sergeant, partially responsible for the training and care of over twenty Marines.
Outside of the military I also have been involved in some unconventional activities, including doing mechanic work, customizing firearms and loading ammunition, working as a state certified firearms instructor, and volunteering with a Second Amendment organization.
Whether or not one's experience is enriching to a community depends largely on if they desire to be an active member of that community. During my undergraduate career I was involved in starting activities on campus, and also in conducting outreach and becoming involved in debate and discussion on subjects I am passionate about. I have called into radio shows and spoken with the governor, been a participant on a local access station in my home town on a panel discussing school safety, was featured as a regular guest on a local student run radio show, and provided my testimony on multiple occasions to state legislative committees.
If I am fortunate enough to attend XXXXXXXXXXX I will continue to be outspoken about issues I am knowledgeable and passionate about. I believe I can be a strong contributing member of the community, getting other students involved in activities they may not have had an interest in.