BATH TOWNSHIP — Alex Place, a 17-year-old senior at Bath High School is planning on serving our country in the U.S. Marine Corps after he graduates.
“I just felt like it set me up best for my future because I want to be a pilot. I know everybody says, oh, Air Force is for flying, but actually I researched into it and I talked with the Air Force recruiter and the Marine Corps recruiter and the Marine Corps actually fly more,” Place said.
Place is excited about the challenges of being a Marine and the benefits.
“Serving my country has always been just something I’ve always wanted to do. I’m already enlisted, and I ship out on July 26. I’m excited. I’m ready for it,” Place said.
Place recognizes the status of being in the Marines.
“It’s a fellowship that you gain from. That is one of the biggest things why I chose this branch. But another reason is just for the military in general is I would like to get free college, so I can go do that on the aviator path,” Place said.
Place said he hopes to study either political science or biology, two very different fields.
“I’ve always just kind of had a knack for science. My original plan was I wanted to be a dentist and that’s kind of like a fallback plan so if the whole pilot thing doesn’t work out then I have a biology degree to back me up and then I can go to dental school, and then political science because I’ve always loved politics,” Place said.
When schools went to remote learning last March, many students struggled, but not Place.
“I loved it. Honestly, I did because I just had time to focus on myself,” Place said.
Bath schools are back to in-person classes, something he appreciates also.
“Having that little bit of remote time was very beneficial for me but I’m glad we’re back in person,” Place said.
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