Why leaving West Point was the best decision I’ve ever made…

So I got this as a question in the comments a while back and was thinking about how to answer it. After a lengthy internal debate about how I wanted to answer this I had an epiphany, it doesn’t matter how I answer, it’s what the answer means. What does this mean for me? Well let’s take a quick look:

Had I stayed at West Point I would most certainly (I’m not saying any of these things in a negative light, simply stating the facts):

  • A 2LT in the US Army
  • Based somewhere in the US (maybe in Iraq/Afghan by now)
  • Finished up 4 years at the #1 school in the country (WP was ranked #1 for my graduation year)
  • Been absolutely miserable and unsure why the hell I stayed around for all of this
  • Never would have really figured out who I am and what I want to be
  • Have military career for a minimum of 5 years (knowing me I’d be in much longer)
Here is where I am having left:
  • The youngest full-time employee in North America Marketing at the #23 ranked brand in the world
  • Living and loving Philadelphia
  • Finishing the end of my 5 year undergraduate degree at a top 20 marketing program
  • Am absolutely thrilled with my decision to leave, I have never regretted it, not once
  • Have figured out more about who I am as a person and what I want to do with my life
  • Am working and loving corporate America, but still have the option to get into the military should that be what I want to do
I guess what I’m getting at is that I have options, both good and bad right now. I’ve had options and choices to make that could radically change my career path since I’ve left. West Point and the Army are WORLD CLASS organizations and are without a doubt great places to start your adult life, build a career and learn lessons you won’t get anywhere else. They give you the chance to do and see things that you won’t experience anywhere else. For me, that wasn’t what I needed or wanted and it took me a full 11 months to realize that. As soon as I stepped out I knew it was the right decision and I have not regretted it since.
That’s why leaving West Point was the best decision I’ve ever made.
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3 Responses to “Why leaving West Point was the best decision I’ve ever made…”
  1. aunt becky says:

    Char, hard to do a plus and minus on this decision because you’d make a success of whatever path you chose.

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