I can't be more honored an humbled by being the recipient of an honorary doctorate degree in engineering from my alma mater, the University of New Haven. Thank you for recognizing how my accomplishments have impacted younger generations. I still have a lot more to do.
I get asked a lot of questions about the types of adversity I have faced. In this video I address one aspect of it.
I had such an amazing time sharing my military experience and words of wisdom with host Mirielle Toulekima.
Thank you Mirielle for allowing me to share my inspirational story and connect with your audience.
I was honored to be a guest on Preston Ewell's Mettle Mentality Podcast. It was nice to share experiences with a fellow military member.
During a bike ride, I thought about when I graduated from HS and how excited I was to start my journey on becoming a pilot. Through all my excitement and enthusiasm, I had little understanding of whether the area I wanted to work in would be hiring in the years after I finished my studies. As you continue on your academic journey in the dynamic working environment caused by COVID, you should think about how you can pivot within your studies and still realize your goals and dreams.
In March 2020 I had the pleasure of sharing my story at the National Museum of the US Air Force, Wright-Patterson AFB.
I had the privilege of being featured in the Unladylike story of Bessie Coleman and her journey of being the first African American woman to hold a pilot's license. Please watch this facinating tale of an American hero.
Change can be scary but, understand that you have the ability to adapt and with a little work, you WILL overcome the challenges that this change brings.
Stay strong, maintain a routine, get your family in a rhythm, rediscover those things that brought you joy in the past. We WILL persevere through this.
Does the self imposed isolation have your family feeling a little cabin feverish?
Use this time to make the family nucleus stronger by incorporating family sit-downs into your routine. During a selected meal time you can have open, candid conversations to air out any frustrations and reestablish a much needed lost art.
For the weekend reflect on how are you going to prepare mentally for next week of self quarantine?
One way do do that is to establish a routine that you will follow habitually during the week. This will help reduce anxiety, fear or depression from the constant news influx.
I have been in aircraft for 10 + hours alone, and during those times I still had to remain mentally sharp by maintaining some type of routine in the cockpit.
Sit down interview with Major Valencia Hill discussing overcoming adversity in the military. (May 2019)