- A student shared how the Reserve Officers Training Corps (ROTC) helped shape her character
- Private First-Class Maxine Keeler said her ROTC training gave her a fulfilling and rewarding feeling
- She was one of the delegates sent to Guam for the Cultural and Leadership Program (CULP)
A student shared how the Reserve Officers Training Corps (ROTC) changed her for the better and made her more disciplined and patriotic.
Private First-Class Maxine Keeler admitted she joined ROTC only because she was looking for a new adventure.
A student of De La Salle University studying Behavioral Science Major in Organizational and Social Systems Development, Keeler said she was hoping to learn more about herself when she chose ROTC for her National Service Training Program (NSTP).
“At first I was honestly afraid of what I got myself into. My whole li
fe as a civilian had to change the moment I started training,” Keeler said.
Knowing the rigorous training, even her parents were hesitant to let her join but her admiration for the soldier’s work pushed her to join. During the training, she noticed how her mindset was shifting from looking at the training to something difficult, it has become fulfilling and rewarding.
“When I started (undergoing) training, I first thought, ‘Oh my God what did I get myself into?’ But that thought slowly turned into ‘Oh my god this was so worth it’,” she added.
Keeler’s dedication was rewarded as she was chosen as one of the Filipino delegates who were sent to Guam, USA for the Cultural and Leadership Program (CULP) held November 17-24. It was one of the partnership programs between Guam and the Philippines under the Philippines-United States Mutual Defense Treaty.
Keeler shared her ROTC experience is definitely “one for the books” as she hoped more students would be willing to give the training a try.
“I can confidently say that I do not regret my decision at all. It was and still is the best decision I’ve made in my li
fe so far,” she said.