2016-11-05 / The Bullhorn

RCS alumna recounts service in the US Army

By Grace Hardy
Bullhorn Reporter

Class of 2013 alumna Sage Ahrens-Nichols visited the RCS Varsity Science Club to discuss her experience in the Army.

Ahrens-Nichols was deployed for nine months to Afghanistan, serving as a military police in the Army Reserve. She was part of a combat support unit with the main task of inspecting equipment to ensure that no foreign materials were on board aircraft returning to the United States.

Ahrens-Nichols enlisted in the Army after graduating high school. She was recruited and signed up on a whim, not knowing what to expect. Her advice for those who are considering joining the military is, “Do your research .… something might sound good, but do some research just to know what you’re getting yourself into.”

She also explained that she joined the military out of high school because she did not feel that she was meant to attend college right after finishing school. She would like to remind people to not “get caught up in things that don’t matter.”

She now feels ready for school and has begun taking classes online. She hopes to become a user-experience (UX) designer. The main task of this profession is conduct user research, interviews and surveys, and use the data to create sitemaps, wireframes and prototypes.

Ahrens-Nichols plans to relocate to Italy where her husband is currently deployed and continue taking online classes.

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