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Orcutt Academy alumnus, David Herrera

Orcutt Academy alumnus, David Herrera

Orcutt Academy alumnus, David Herrera

Julia Herrera, Reporter

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High school can be a demanding experience as students decide what college they want to attend, or how they plan on paying off those student loans that harass them for money. Orcutt Academy Alumnus David Herrera, skipped over that stressful time period, and took a different route for his career and future. Instead of packing boxes of childhood memories for a college dorm, my brother, David Herrera, prepared a dufflebag for his journey to Basic Training.

For Herrera, choosing to leave immediately was an obvious choice. He told the Oracle, “I was burned out with school and wanted to advance my education in ways local colleges could not offer.” He also saw this as a perfect opportunity to separate from home, and experience life with a new perspective.

Some may wonder how Orcutt Academy influenced Herrera to join the Air Force. He explained how Orcutt Academy allowed him to meet recruiters to answer his questions during events like Career Day. This allowed Herrera to meet others who made similar decisions with their lives, and were capable of giving useful advice to a curious student. He also went on to explain how no high school environment can prepare you for what the military entails, and when making the decision of joining, be aware of the lack of control you will have over your life.

Herrera explained how the military has its perks, like free healthcare, education, and a guaranteed paycheck, but these advantages come at a price. Sacrificing your freedom is one thing Herrera experienced as he embarked on his journey in the Air Force. He realized he was no longer in full control of his decisions and seeing family was no longer an entitlement, but instead a privilege that should not be taken lightly.

All in all, Herrera believes the military is a great place to meet new people from different backgrounds, and a chance to experience life from a different outlook.

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