Q&A with Essence - A Student with Transition Services

Q&A: Essence TAM    After living at MCH from 2008 until 2011, Essence Stowe went on to have a successful college career at Texas A&M University. She will begin her senior year in Fall 2014 and has committed to the Army National Guard for four years after graduation. For the past two years, Essence has been a recruiter traveling to high schools to represent the Texas A&M Corps of Cadets. She also plays the alto saxophone in the Fightin’ Texas Aggie Band and recently earned her senior boots.  As part of a long-standing Aggie band tradition, senior cadets wear these customized leather boots proudly during performances for their final year of college.

Essence spoke with us about her experiences in college and how her time at MCH helped to shape her future.

Q:  Tell us about your college experience and involvement in ROTC.

A:  It has been an adventure for sure. My freshman year was quite the adjustment – just having no name and being called “fish” in ROTC was an adjustment. I made some of the best friends you could ever have. There is nothing like the bonding experience of doing push-ups in the hallways with your closest friends. I have learned a lot about leadership through ROTC and just the hands-on experience provided. I am excited about my future in the Army National Guard.

Q:  What is it like being part of the Fighting Texas Aggie Band?

A:  It is the most amazing experience ever. Every time we stepped onto Kyle Field and I heard the band director say, “Now forming at the north end of Kyle Field, the nationally famous Texas Aggie Band,” I would get a rush. The very first game I played, I knew the crowd was yelling and cheering but all I could hear was my blood pumping through my body. Then getting to run off the field is just fun!

Q: What did it mean to you to receive your boots?

A:  I found myself reflecting on everything I had gone through the past three years – all the hard work and challenges – so it means a lot. You always see the seniors walking around in their boots and you imagine yourself there one day and here I am. I look forward to the freshman class I will be leading next year. I hope to have a special bond with them and be able to leave a positive legacy.

Q:  What role did MCH play in your life?

A:  MCH has provided me with opportunities. I certainly have positive relationships with staff. My homeparents were like a second set of parents to me and we still stay in touch. I visited my old home unit over Christmas break and made cookies with the girls and staff. MCH has been a blessing financially to me also. I would not have been able to attend college without their support and I am very grateful for that.