Why a Pearson Campus Ambassador ended up in the army

Home of the free, because of the brave. This saying, often seen on t-shirts and bumper stickers, has always been one that meant more to me than a cheesy one-liner to express gratitude for one’s country. I was blessed to be raised in a family that embodied and appreciated American values, as my uncle was a Marine and my father had a long and incredibly successful career in law enforcement. Those two influential men, especially my father, showed me the importance of, and honor in, living a life of self-sacrifice.

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Seeing my Dad in his police uniform every morning and hearing story after story of his heroic service greatly inspired me to follow his example and pursue a career in law enforcement. As I have matured throughout my first two years of college, this passion has only intensified. However, I have also felt a desire to serve my country in the armed forces. I have always loved books, movies and stories of military service and my desire to join the military only intensified as I learned more about potential service options.

This past November, I graduated from Basic Training at Fort Benning, Georgia, for the Army National Guard. After a lot of thought and consideration, I joined the National Guard because I believe that it is the best way for me to serve my country in a capacity that will allow me to accomplish my education goals, continue my work with Pearson, and eventually serve in law enforcement. The National Guard is responsible for responding to natural disasters and critical incidents in the United States, as well as deploying overseas to carry out the mission of our military. Training requires completion of basic combat training, training for the job that you choose to have, and then one weekend a month and two weeks during the summer. It’s a perfect balance of being able to serve your country in the military, while also pursuing all of your goals in your ‘civilian’ life. For me, that includes continuing my work with Pearson, graduating college, perhaps attending graduate school, and then beginning my career in government/law enforcement. I am blessed to be able to serve my country while continuing my education and working for a company as supportive and exciting as Pearson!

connor-shanahan-thumb-150x150Connor is a driven Criminal Justice major at Liberty University in Lynchburg, VA. He is also studying Strategic Intelligence and Sociology. At Liberty University, Connor holds a position in the Office of Student Leadership and leads a focused bible study every week. He is also a member of the Criminal Justice Club through which he once experienced the privilege of taking part in Lt. Col. Dave Grossman’s “The Bulletproof Mind” training. After college, he intends to become a police officer and then work his way into the FBI. When not working or doing school work, Connor enjoys spending time outdoors. He played football in high school and plays for an intramural team at Liberty. Connor also loves reading, writing, hiking, swimming, kayaking and fishing.