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The Univeristy of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
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The Univeristy of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
The Univeristy of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Feb 14

Meet a Tar Heel (ROTC): Emily Drake

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Meet Emily Drake, Class of 2018

Majors: Environmental Science and Peace, War, and Defense

What do you like most about ROTC?

For me, the best parts of ROTC are obviously the people. I get to know some amazing students who are interested in the same stuff I am. I’ve met not just students but also officers and enlisted people who will be mentors for the rest of my life in all walks of life.

What kind of opportunities has the UNC ROTC provided?

I went to Morocco this summer for 8 weeks on a fully paid-for study abroad program. I have friends who have studied in Germany, Comoros, Jordan, all over the world through the Army, and it’s all paid for. Being out of state, 100% of my tuition is covered, I get a book stipend and monthly stipend, and I also get some really amazing training opportunities. After I graduate, I can have a full time job if I want, or if I want to go to grad school, I’ll have a part time job on the weekends. It’s all because of the U.S. Army.

I will say hands down, the people who come out of ROTC are better prepared and better leaders than anyone else in the country. It’s an amazing program and the Tar Heel battalion are like family to me.

Why Carolina?

I chose Carolina because I’m from New Jersey, and the weather down here is way, way nicer. I’ve also lived in the same house for 18 years of my life and I came here not knowing anyone. It forced me to grow, and there’s no better place to grow than Carolina. The people are amazing, the campus is gorgeous, and the teachers here will do absolutely anything and everything for you.