August 24th 2009
Dear Journal,
     Today was my first flight in a Cessna and it was so cool. The summer
heat and clear skies provided an almost surreal sensation.  I checked the
airplane parts, the fuel, and best part of all, I GOT TO FLY! I was shocked
when my instructor told me to grab the yoke - so I hesitated for a second.
As soon as my hands had a firm grasp, I took control and it sent chills down
my spine. Once again, this was SO COOL.  Once we landed and parked the
airplane my instructor and I went inside to go over the flight. Everyone at
the airport was so nice and each made an effort to stop and say hello. But
there is one person I will never forget, Joanne Campbell. She was so
enthusiastic and encouraging. She was a 99 and assured me that even
though I might not be so strong in math, I can still accomplish my goal of
being a pilot, for she struggled in that area too and still fulfilled that dream.
Wow, what an inspiration.

October 17th 2009
Dear Journal,
     Each day with flying gets better and better. We learned these new
maneuvers called “S” turns and stalls. I also learned that if you do too many
“S” turns you can get sick, lets just say, I learned the hard way.  Stalls are
the coolest things ever invented; they are like a rollercoaster 2,000 feet up
in the sky. I learned the procedures for both a power on and a power off
stall. My instructor said that my recoveries were so good; it was equivalent
to the requirements of a 747 pilot. I tapped myself on the back for that one.
Could you imagine, ME, being an AIRLINE PILOT!!

April 21st 2010
Dear Journal,
     My flight lesson has been cancelled for the day due to inclement
weather, which was so disappointing as it was the one thing I looked
forward to all day and could hardly wait for the school day to end.  My
instructor told me that even though I couldn’t fly, other pilots could, if they
have an instrument rating. I wish someday I could get my instrument rating,
so almost nothing can hold me back from flying.

July 25th 2010
Dear Journal,
After a year I have returned back to Oshkosh, or as people called it this
year, “Sloshkosh”. The rain this past month in Oshkosh has been persistent
with a limited outlook of sunny skies. Needless to say, this was the worst
year for my mother, sister, and I to decide to camp. Luckily, I am able to
attend the Women Soar program and reside in dorms. I am meeting so
many wonderful female pilots that have further inspired me. Later on
tonight, I even get to help in the VIP Young Eagles auction and I can’t wait!


October 23rd 2010
Dear Journal,
     I had so much to do today. I had to finish up my college application for
the Purdue University aviation program, study and take my pre-solo written
test, and I couldn’t forget to say hi to all of the wonderful ladies at the
“Pennies-a-Pound” event. My solo is so close…. I can almost taste it. Each
time I go to the airport, I wonder if this will be the day. After speaking to
Joanne Campbell at the 99’s event, I realized something. From my first flight
to now, I have changed. Not only has my knowledge and passion for
aviation expanded, my confidence level has sky rocketed. No longer am I the
shy, introverted young girl but more so a confident young woman. It helps
that every time I mention I fly, or step out of the airplane in front of the
runway side restaurant, people’s faces light up in pure amazement. I love
that shock factor. I have found that flying offers me a sense of escape that
nothing else can. As stressful as school and college applications may get,
when I fly all those worries seem to float away with the wind. I have the 99’
s, EAA, Women Soar, Girls with Wings, my wonderful array of family and
instructors to thank for that. Who knows, if I am able to keep flying, I can
pursue my interest as a flight instructor through college and I might even be
able to fly my college friends to spring break, how cool would that be!!!!


Dear 99’s,   Its an honor and a privilege to simply be a part of this group
and the opportunity to apply for your scholarship.  I hope you enjoyed the
format and just a taste of the many experiences I’ve had since beginning
this journey.  No greater honor was felt than the day my sister and I stood
amongst the many of the 99’s on the day of the Amelia Earhart press
conference.  I want to be one of those many women with a diversity and
wealth of flight experience, so that I may stand as an inspiration to those
girls who come up the ranks behind me.  This scholarship will aid me with
the necessary funds needed to make that dream come true.
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