Captain Stacey Sadowski, a native of Copley, Ohio, is currently serving as a Military Intelligence Officer in the US Army. She served in both the 4th Infantry Division at Fort Carson, CO and the 1st Infantry Division at Fort Riley, KS. She has completed a deployment to Kuwait in support of Operation Enduring Freedom and a rotation to the Republic of Korea. She is currently assigned as the Company Commander for the Medina Recruiting Company in Ohio.
HOW HAS YOUR EDUCATION IN THE ASHBROOK SCHOLAR PROGRAM IMPACTED YOUR CAREER?
I choose a career as an officer in the Army because I wanted to continue my study of both practical and philosophical matters. I was always drawn to how political philosophy reacts when it interacts with the practical examples human beings experience. Thus, I sought a career that further considers these questions. In my eight years in the Army I have learned how the tactics of a nation’s military are often representative of the mores of that nation’s people. I have served as an investigator in cases that have profound repercussions for those involved. I have lived among people with cultures vastly different from our own. And I have come to know some of the greatest men and women our nation has to offer. In short, I have continued an education that was begun in me as an Ashbrook Scholar. I sought a career that would allow me to pursue these ideas. The Ashbrook Scholar Program directed me towards this pursuit.
IN WHAT WAS DID YOUR EDUCATION IN THE ASHBROOK SCHOLAR PROGRAM PREPARE YOU FOR YOUR FUTURE?
I have found that perhaps the most important distinguisher of success in the military is the ability to understand ideas that are either received via writing or speaking, analyze those ideas, extrapolate a solution that both works and is “legal, moral, and ethical,” and then finally, communicate that idea in a way that others can understand and take action from. Nearly everything you do in the Ashbrook Scholar Program prepares you for one or more of these tasks. The ability to do this, more than anything else sets you apart from those who have not practiced and learned these skills.
HOW DID YOUR ASHBROOK PROFESSORS IMPACT YOUR EDUCATION AND YOUR CAREER?
The professors in the Ashbrook Scholar Program care about your education in a serious way. They not only help you learn the material, but they teach you to think. They take the time to guide you and shape your studies allowing you to contemplate and extrapolate answers to life’s most important questions. They don’t tell you the answers. They set the possible answers before you in the form of primary sources and help you understand how the men before you answered that question. Then they ask you to determine who is right. It is a wonderful way to learn and creates individuals who can think and answers questions in very serious ways. It is something that truly sets you apart from your peers.