From students to soldiers

US Marine Corps (USMC) Marines, 3rd Marine Regiment (MAR REGT), Marine Corps Base Hawaii (MCBH) Kaneohe Bay, Hawaii (HI), stand at attention during the 64th commemoration of the December 7, 1941, attack on Pearl Harbor, HI. The ceremony held annually to honor those who served during the Japanese surprise attack on Pearl Harbor. Date Shot: 7 Dec 2005. DoD photo by: JO2 RYAN C. MCGINLEY, USN.

US Marine Corps (USMC) Marines, 3rd Marine Regiment (MAR REGT), Marine Corps Base Hawaii (MCBH) Kaneohe Bay, Hawaii (HI), stand at attention during the 64th commemoration of the December 7, 1941, attack on Pearl Harbor, HI. The ceremony held annually to honor those who served during the Japanese surprise attack on Pearl Harbor. Date Shot: 7 Dec 2005. DoD photo by: JO2 RYAN C. MCGINLEY, USN.

By Marissa Scott

While most high school graduates decide to head to college or spend a year working prior to college, some decide to take a different route and go to the United States Military (USM) to serve their country.

Whether it is to receive benefits the military offers prior to service, or their love for the United States, these seniors went against the norm and dreamt of a different future for themselves.

In the 2015 graduating class, there are a handful of brave souls who made this decision that could potentially alter the rest of their lives.

“I chose the military because I want to be different than everyone else,” Michel Haydenko said. Haydenko is a senior who has decided to join the United States Marine Corps after high school. “Most of my friends are going to CSUN or Pierce, and I feel like I will get more out of the Marine Corps than going four years into school.”

Along with the tough decision of deciding whether to join the military or not, these seniors had to choose the branch with which they wanted to serve. While the decision was easy for some, it was tough for most.

Raquel Lopez is a senior who recently decided to join the United States Marine Corps prior to changing her mind for the Navy.

“Originally I did choose Navy, but my dad is a marine so that also had a say in what I chose,” Lopez said. “Also, the Marine Corps actually give me a bigger challenge compared to the other branches.”

Choosing a branch of military is not the only decision they will have to face; leaving their loved ones behind is an obstacle that all military men and women have to face.

“My dad was kind of iffy about it at first, but now he is 100% on board,” Bryx Domaloan, a senior who is also joining the Marine Corps, said. “My mom on the other hand was saying ‘Ah, it’s dangerous, you’re going to die,!’ but I told her to talk to my recruiter and he would explain the whole thing to her.”

Although most students who are going to the military are not going to school immediately, there are a select few who choose to attend college and partake in the military. Jeremiah Nacorda, a senior who has decided to go to the United States Air Force, is an excellent example.

“I believe in getting education because my parents are both educators,” Nacorda said. “But, I also want to serve my country, so I think doing both was just my natural calling since I had a passion for them.”

Being in any branch of the military is very tough, but these courageous students are ready to take the journey that is their life.

Advice is the best thing they could give to those who are thinking or hesitating about joining any branch of the military.

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