NAC Spotlight: Kylie Bradley, Maine Maritime

Maine Maritime student-athlete Kylie Bradley (Westborough, Mass.) has been setting a good example for others her entire life. The senior knows what it takes to succeed in the classroom and on the field, while also achieving her goals and setting herself up for a career.

Her Background: Kiley, the oldest of four, grew up on the soccer field, playing year round for high school and club. The senior has worked very hard serving as a captain on the soccer field, as a leader in her field of study and as a member of the regiment. As part of the regiment, Kylie faces physical and mental challenges far beyond the normal college experience. The program is intense and very structured, giving her the ability to develop her leadership skills as well as understand of the importance of discipline and comradery.

Majoring in Marine Engineering Technology and minoring in Naval Science, Kylie has a lot on her plate. However, all of her hard work has paid off as she was accepted into Flight School. Acceptance into Flight School is limited and a big honor for Kylie, as she will embark on a two-year journey to become a Navy Pilot.

Learn more about Kylie:

Where did you grow up?
“I grew up in Westborough, Massachusetts.”

What sports did you play in high school?
“I played four years of soccer at Westborough High School (three on varsity and served as the captain my senior year). When I wasn't in high school season, I had year-round training with my club/travel team, a part of the New England Futbal Club (NEFC). I also ran two seasons of outdoor track and one season of indoor track at Westborough High School, running the 400m, 4x400m relay, and 300m.”

What's your favorite part of being an MMA student?
“My favorite part of being an MMA student is the relationships that I have created with those whose paths I have crossed. I have had the ability to participate in numerous activities and organizations beyond what I thought I ever could and this has provided me the opportunities to meet some amazing people and form friendships that are unique to the maritime community.”

What are you currently majoring in?
“I am majoring in Marine Engineering Technology with a Minor in Naval Science.”

What would you consider the highlight of your soccer career?
“I would consider the highlight of my soccer career to be Maine Maritime's Senior game in the Fall of 2017. Although I couldn't actually play due to a late-season ACL injury, I 'started' my last game of competitive soccer and walked off the field for the last time with the support of my teammates, friends, and family. That day it really hit me how fortunate I have been to play competitive soccer for much of my young life.”

Explain to me what it is like being a part of the regiment? How demanding of your time is it? What is the most difficult part? 
“Being a part of the regiment is a unique experience. The regiment can be time demanding through 0715 muster each weekday morning, extra development classes, physical fitness programs, community service projects, and many more activities. Although the regiment adopts many military customs to implement effective training evolutions, most graduates have no military obligation upon graduation. Due to this, it can be very difficult to motivate peers and instill discipline, but in the end these challenges are what prepare us for our careers.”

What exactly is Flight School and what does it entail?
“Flight school is the Naval training process for aviators and naval flight officers down in Pensacola, Fla. I was selected aviator (pilot), so I will be heading down there after graduation and commissioning. In addition to learning how to fly different aircraft, I will go through a ground school, a brief survival school, and then choose which aircraft I will fly for advanced training and out in the fleet.” 

Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
“I see myself still flying for the Navy. I will be hitting the point where I decide if I want to stay in or separate from the military, but I am hopeful that I may want to make a full career out of it. 

If you could visit anywhere in the world, where would you choose?
“If I could visit anywhere in the world it would be Italy. My great-grandmother moved to America from Italy and I have grown up around soccer and great Italian cooking, so visiting Italy is definitely high on my bucket list.”

--Spotlight series courtesy of NAC intern Kelsey Bragdon