Student Spotlight 2023: Macie Liepe, U.S. Navy

Tell us about yourself.

I am from Broomfield, CO, but I am currently stationed in Kings Bay, GA, as a nuclear electronics technician in the Navy. I decided to join the Navy for financial reasons. I was accepted into some good schools. However, college was not affordable for me. Therefore, I joined the military, with attending college as my goal from the start. An interesting fact about myself is that I was part of the initial integration of enlisted women onboard my submarine.

Why did you decide to participate in WSP this summer, and was there a shift in your confidence level from the first day of the course to the last day?

I am looking into applying to elite universities this fall, and I was hoping WSP would better prepare me to attend college. Although I had some college, my confidence on the first day was pretty low. I attended the humanities course at Amherst College because I was the most disconnected from it while in the military. My confidence on the course’s final day was much higher. I now feel better equipped to handle college-level writing.

What were some key insights you gained during your course, and what is your biggest takeaway?

After attending WSP, a lot of resources are now open to me. I feel as though attending WSP can signal to universities that I am ready and motivated to succeed in college. My biggest takeaway was the fact that WSP opened me up to research opportunities such as REVU. This is helpful because I intend to pursue a STEM degree.

How would you describe your overall experience?

Confidence boosting!

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