Marykate Mooney is a member of the Omicron Delta Chapter at Bryant University and is proudly serving her country through the ROTC. She tells us her story.
"My Army ROTC career began by piquing my interest at the right time and the right place. It was 2012 and I was at Boston College at my cousin, Katie's, graduation/commissioning ceremony. At the young age of 22, she was graduating with not only a degree in psychology, but with the commission of a 2nd Lieutenant in the United States Army as an Ordinance Officer. She was, and still is, so incredibly important to me. I've always looked up to her. Even as a kid, I remember my face beaming proudly on that day in May when I looked up at her on stage.
"When her two brothers pinned her newly-deserved ranks on her uniform at the pinning ceremony, I got chills. When she was selected to attend EOD school (a highly-selective school that molds soldiers for training in a bomb squad), I got chills. And finally, when she made the rank of Captain in only four short years, I got chills. She is everything I aspire to be, and is one of the main reasons I decided to choose to serve my country proudly.
"When I came to Bryant in my freshman year, I did not come just as a new student, but also as a new cadet. I was thrown (mentally and physically) into the Army world. With that came many hard times, but some unforgettably amazing times as well. The early 0500 wake-ups for physical training three mornings each week can certainly take a toll on your body, but it's so worth it. Not only do I get to work out and spend time with some of the greatest people I have ever met, but I have received an extensive amount of leadership training.
"The Army ROTC program at Bryant University is one of the best in the country, and it certainly shows. Being in the military has made me not only a better student, but a better person as well.
"It is because of ROTC that I decided to become a part of Delta Zeta in the spring of my sophomore year. What I love most about my sorority is that it's a safe place to land when life gets a little hard. I saw this quote the other day about sorority sisters and it could not be more true. It said, 'Sisters are angels who lift us to our feet when our wings have trouble remembering how to fly.' For me, being a woman in a man's world, mainly the Army, comes with a price. I joined Delta Zeta to be with intelligent, confident women who remind me how to be a woman, and to fly again. For me, being a Delta Zeta and a soldier in the United States Army go hand-in-hand. Both have changed me in more ways that I can possibly imagine. They have given me the confidence and drive to expand my world, follow my passion, and achieve my success."