A little summary
As a freshman in college, I struggled to choose between two very different majors: chemistry and English.
I thought I loved them both. Since I was attending the U.S. Air Force Academy, I knew I’d have a job after graduation regardless of what I picked.
Chemistry certainly sounded more practical, and for a bright, over-achiever like myself, a professional track also seemed more appropriate.
Over the years, the Air Force funded my master’s degree and then a Ph.D. The military culture, which encourages officers to change positions every two to three years, allowed me to explore a series of diverse jobs including nuclear treaty monitoring, teaching college chemistry, grants management, and corporate communications for the Air Force Research Laboratory.