What am I going to do with my life, and how am I going to get there?
Those are the two questions that Lewis Williams found himself asking when he was still a student at Eastridge. The class of 2013 graduate returned to his alma mater on January 14 to talk to freshman about the answers that suited him.
He’s always had a passion for history and his father had been in the Navy so he thought maybe entering the military would give him the direction he needed. Turns out he was right.
He joined the Army right out of high school, graduating from Eastridge in June and heading to basic training less than a month later. He served for three years, including a 9-month deployment in Kandahar Province in Afghanistan as a combat engineer.
He said he always thought college was just for straight A students, not C students like he had been. But after his enlistment ended, he knew that the next step to answering his two driving questions was continuing his education.
Lewis is now a senior Political Science major at Buffalo State who will be graduating in May and hopes to work with the State Department in Washington.
He had some words for these students to remember as they go through their high school days.
“Enjoy your time here, because it goes fast and it doesn’t slow down for anything. Believe me, you will miss this.”