The typical high school girl spends her senior year having fun with friends while planning for a future in college. Lanique Campbell is not the average senior.
Campbell, an upcoming senior at Bastrop High, has already sworn into the U.S. Army, at the age of 17, and plans to become a military police officer when she graduates.
“I want to experience traveling around the world to different places,” Campbell said. “I would really like to go to Korea or China. I’ve been told that I may have a choice to go to one of those places.”
Campbell understands that a person enlisted in the armed forces sometimes faces the possibility of going off to war.
“I’m not yet ready for that [going off to war], but I will be there when the time comes,” she said.
In addition to joining the Army, Campbell has made other choices to plan for a successful future. As an honor roll student, she is taking classes in the Dual Enrollment program, a program that offers students both high school and college credits at the same time.
“My GPA is somewhere between 3.5 and 3.7,” she said. “With the Dual Enrollment classes I’m taking, I plan to be classified as a college sophomore by the end of high school.”
While in the Army, Campbell plans to attend college and major in criminal justice.
“As a military police officer, I think I’ll have to live on an Army base for about three years. While I’m doing that, I can go to college on-line,” she said. “I’m going to try to be in a real classroom with an instructor, though.”
Campbell said her mother has been her inspiration to make positive choices.
“My mom works in a mental hospital with children and adults who have behavioral problems,” she said. “Watching her and the work she does, she’s been a role model to me.”
Campbell said her mother is pleased with her decision to join the Army.
“She worries about me going away, but she’s happy with the choice I’ve made,” she said.
Campbell’s mom, Lashonda Campbell, said Lanique has made this choice without the help of anyone.
“I’m overwhelmed,” she said. “She’s been very independent most of her life. I wish I could take credit for what she’s doing, but she’s done this on her own.”
Lanique Campbell doesn’t know everything in store for her in the future, but she’s making promising choices to ensure she’ll be successful.
“I’m proud of the decisions I’ve made,” she said. “Nothing is impossible.”