Five Students: Mike Massel

Five Students: Mike Massel


>>[music] Leadership
is service. You’re trying to get them to
walk through walls, potentially, for you to, to get stuff
done, but you’re serving them to the nth degree by making sure that everything they
need is taken care of. In fact, many of the things that
I’ve done, it would, you know, I would not have accomplished
them if it hadn’t been for my family, my
friends around me. You know, everyone around
me that has helped me with their, with
their knowledge. My time at Purdue has
really developed my leadership abilities. In a way, I’ve almost
gotten, like, a second degree. A second, been a second major in
leadership and managing people because through the
ROTC program, you really start
out at the bottom. You have no responsibility
except for yourself, and then as you grow, go on
through your ROTC career, you have more opportunities to
lead at higher, higher levels. I was a tri-service
color guard commander. So that gave me a chance to work with three different
organizations. While it may seem the same,
Air Force ROTC, Army ROTC, and Navy ROTC are
actually all, the same but very different
in a lot of ways. I formed a tri-service
committee because I felt that there was a need for a
class ring that had a side on it that represented ROTC because
our experience is much different than other college
students, and not just that, but then the excellent leaders
that Purdue ROTC has produced. We have a Medal of Honor
winner, we include the last man on the moon, Neil Armstrong. We have a lot of great
leaders that come from Purdue, and I felt like there needed to
be something to represent that. So those have all been great
leadership opportunities for me. Making a difference in society,
and you have to lead people. Whether I continue in
major, I work, you know, on the government or I work for
a private industry somewhere, you have to be, be willing
to step up in front of people and come up with creative ideas
to find solutions to problems. It means thinking outside
of the box a little bit, and when you run
into a brick wall, figuring out a way
to go around it.

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