Academy Ambassador: the blue jacket that changed my life

Rachel T. of McGavock High School writes in this post about how becoming an Academy Ambassador has given her professional skills and personal confidence to make plans for the future and thrive in a professional environment. She is a student in the Academy of Aviation & Transportation at McGavock. When starting out as a freshman, I barely thought about what I was going to do after high school. I figured that it was such a long ways away, that I didn’t have to worry about it then, and quite frankly, I was scared to. I was scared to death of one day having to be independent and make important decisions on my own.

Official jacket uniform for student ambassadors in the Academies of Nashville

In the middle of my junior year, I was chosen to be an ambassador for my academy of aviation and transportation. That meant that I would have to learn to be a leader, speak to adults comfortably, carry myself professionally, and be a representation of my school and academy. I was terrified, but we went through a training session that gave me many tools I could use to boost my self-confidence and improve the way I interact with people.

The first couple of events I worked as an ambassador, I pushed myself out of my comfort zone and proved that I could carry myself maturely and professionally. Ever since then, I have been pushing myself in every aspect of my life, knowing what I want and working hard to go for it. I’m not afraid of anything anymore and I don’t let opportunities pass me by. I don’t hold myself back from being successful. That little blue jacket changed my life for the better, and I’m proud every time I get to put it on.