This sophomore is a believer in many ways of serving others—even a few that seem an unlikely combination in one person. A good marksman and proud member of UC's Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC), David wants to be an elite Army Ranger. But he is also a nursing student from a strong faith background who calls himself antiwar. Before college, he was torn between being deployed to Iraq and becoming a nurse.
He came to UC because here he didn't have to choose between the two paths. "I was already impressed with UC. And when you combine their incredible nursing program with an ROTC program ranked 14th in the nation—well, it's an offer you can't get anywhere else."
And while here, at the retreat called LeaderShape, he's joined dozens of UC honors students who learn how to become better leaders. Those leadership skills and his capacity as a thoughtful listener come in handy at Daniels Hall, where he is a resident advisor. There, he says, what is "especially amazing" is how "we have diversity in every possible definition of the word. Everyone is welcome." And the most important thing he's learned to do in that capacity? To help give students a place to be heard.