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Gaucho finds his dream job in aviation w/ the US Marines

January 11, 2017

image1-2Michael Wu is a UCSB graduate of the Class of 2016 and a recently commissioned 2nd Lieutenant in the United States Marine Corps.

Growing up in Southern California as the son of Taiwanese immigrants, Michael has always had a humble mindset and a deep appreciation for having what he deems “a great upbringing in a country where I don’t take my opportunities and rights for granted“. However, it wasn’t until college started that he put serious thought into service within the military. “I was immediately drawn to the discipline and pride the Marine Corps had in its traditions, values, and high physical standards” he states. Michael was also interested in flying fixed wing aircraft, which the Marine Corps offers to officers selected for its aviation branch. After talking in depth with an Officer Selection Officer and learning more about the program, he applied to the Platoon Leader’s Course (PLC) his sophomore year. The PLC program involves a highly selective application process and requires a student to pass Officer Candidates School, a military school designed to screen and evaluate potential junior officers.  “Marine officers have the responsibility of leading and being accountable for the Marines under them” he states “and it is humbling to know I’ll be in charge of and working with such highly motivated and proactive people.” Michael passed the aviation exam and was selected as a flight contract for OCS soon afterwards, graduating with class PLC-219 the summer after his junior year.

Michael returned for his senior year and earned his bachelor’s degree in Economics and Accounting. With a job ready for him out of college, he spent his senior year leading the Semper Fi Society, picking up new hobbies, and maintaining a high GPA. Michael was also an active member of the Alpha Tau Omega fraternity, volunteering at several marathons and participating in philanthropies such as Greeks4Kids and Habitat for Humanity. Owing much of his success to the support of his friends and family, he remains close with many of his fraternity brothers.

Michael plans to continue his education while in the military and transfer over to the business and financial sector after his service.

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